Denise Smith is the Specialty Director for the Nurse-Midwifery Education Program. After completing her PhD at the University of Colorado in 2015, she joined the faculty in 2016. As a midwife, she has spent the majority of her career in the Military Health System. An active duty Army Nurse Corps officer, she had assignments at Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis McCord, Washington, and CR Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, Texas. After separating from the Army, she worked as a GS civilian at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Virginia, and as a Navy Nurse Corps Reservist at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Her doctoral study in health systems research examined midwife-physician interprofessional collaboration in the military health system. She continues to study questions related to midwifery care. Recently, she and fellow researchers completed a project examining the outcomes of care of midwife-physician interprofessional teams, particularly on cesarean birth utilization. Currently, she is working with a team of researchers examining the barriers to midwifery workforce expansion in Colorado.
As the Specialty Director for the Nurse-Midwifery program, Denise has spent the last few years on curriculum development aimed at increasing the accessibility to the program across the state and region through hybrid-online teaching modalities.
She practices full-scope midwifery with the University Nurse Midwives, including teaching students in the clinical setting.
Originally from a small town in north central Illinois, Denise and her family have moved all over the United States in support of her husband, Chris, also a military service member.