Julie Valentine is an assistant professor and a certified adult/adolescent sexual assault nurse. Dr. Valentine focuses on multidisciplinary collaborative research studies to help victims and facilitate case processing. In 2015 she was the primary author of two grants totaling $3.2 million for the testing of previously untested sexual assault kits and the resulting investigation and prosecution of these rape cases in Utah.
She is engaged in a research project with the Utah state crime laboratory exploring the impact of new DNA testing methods in sexual assault cases as well as a law enforcement study on trauma-informed victim interviewing in sexual assault cases. From 2014 to 2017, she served on the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting Committee with the National Institute of Justice developing national best practice policies for sexual assault cases. In 2016, Dr. Valentine served on the BYU Advisory Council on Campus Response to Sexual Misconduct, which investigated Title IX implementation and recommended substantial policy and structural changes.
As a mother of eight children and two grandchildren, Julie is an influential teacher wherever she goes. Whether at the lectern, the hospital, the courtroom, the legislative floor, church, or home, she shows love, compassion, and a kind listening ear with everyone.
Her favorite holiday is Valentine’s day, when her family sends out Valentine cards and enjoys making dozens of yummy treats to share with neighbors, friends, and coworkers.