Assistant Professor, University of Michigan School of Nursing, Department of Systems, Populations & Leadership

Deena Kelly Costa PhD, RN is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing in the Department of Systems, Populations & Leadership. Deena joined the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research as a pre-doctoral fellow in 2009. She completed her dissertation in 2012, entitled “The organization of critical care nursing and outcomes of mechanically ventilated older adults” with Dr. Aiken as her dissertation chair. After completing her PhD, Deena completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Critical Care Medicine and within the CRISMA research center as the first nurse funded on the department’s training grant (T32). She became an assistant professor at Michigan in 2014.

Dr. Costa’s research focuses on improving outcomes for critically ill adults by optimizing the organization and management of critical care. Specifically, she focuses on identifying key structural and functional characteristics of ICU interprofessional teams that can be leveraged to improve the delivery of high quality, complex care for mechanically ventilated adult adults. Her current research, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality and the University of Michigan Center for Complexity and Self-management of Complex Disease, incorporates both quantitative and qualitative methods to examine ICU teams and outcomes. Her work on the organization and management of critical care has been published in leading journals such as JAMA, Chest, and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Costa brings nearly a decade of clinical experience as an adult critical care nurse to her program of research.


Bachelors of Arts in Italian Studies, Boston University, Boston, MA, 2004
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, 2005
Master of Science, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2011
PhD, Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2012
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 2004