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Madelene Ottosen


Assistant Professor

Advisory Committee

Department of Graduate Studies

Madelene Ottosen, PhD, MSN, RN, has been a practicing nurse for over 35 years with a commitment to promoting patient-centered healthcare delivery. She is a cardiovascular nurse specialist with experience in emergency nursing, adult cardiovascular intensive care, clinical research management, nursing leadership, and patient safety. Over her career, she held various roles within diverse ambulatory and intensive care settings leading and advocating for patient’s safety and the role of nurses in delivering research-related care. She collaborated with other national nurse leaders of research centers to develop a specialty practice for clinical research nursing and was a founding member of the International Association of Clinical Research Nurses. Her research focuses on strategies to create a culture of patient-partnered healthcare delivery. Through her work and collaborations, she has gained experience as a methodologist in use of qualitative and research methods.

Since 2015, she has been a faculty member within the Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston. She enjoys teaching research and evidence-based practice methods within the Masters’ and DNP graduate nursing programs and mentoring graduate students on dissertations and DNP projects. She served on the IRB for UT Health for over 20 years, is an active member in Sigma Theta Tau and has participated in multiple collaborative grants involving the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston and Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston. 


Cizik School of Nursing, The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
May 2015

Catholic University of America School of Nursing, Washington, DC
Master of Science in Nursing - Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist
May 1992

University of St. Thomas School of Nursing, Houston, TX
Bachelors of Science in Nursing
May 1982

Clinical/Research Focus

Dr. Ottosen’s research interests focus on qualitative methodologies, promoting patient and family engagement within health care delivery, and improving patient safety culture. Through her research, she has facilitated the development of several patient and family advisory councils involving them in nursing education, research, and quality improvement initiatives.