Dr. Gonzalez is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, she is also the Director for the Simulation, Technology, Innovation & Modeling Center (STIM). Dr.Gonzalez is a global leader in the simulation community. Her body of work is in education and research with innovative technologies. Most recently her work in AR demonstrated that realism and fidelity contribute to greater engagement and learning among nursing students. She is a Co-PI exploring virtual/augmented reality to improve skill acquisition and communication. This work has resulted in two patents with computer science engineers. She has approximately $2.2 million in collaborative grant funding resulting in manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, an invited author chapter, a textbook, and numerous national/international podiums and presentations. She has held several key positions within the last 5 years. She is the past Vice President for two terms (4 years) for INACSL, The International Association Clinical Simulation and Learning. As VP, she chaired the committee to bring the first ever international INACSL conference to Toronto. She is one of less than 50 Advanced Healthcare Simulation Educators globally and was recently inducted into the Academy Nurse Educator Faculty at NLN. She is on the NLN Certified Nurse Exam Board of Commissioners.
Dr.Gonzalez completed her BSN at Hunter College Bellevue School of Nursing in New York City, she received her MSN, APRN degree in Adult Health from the University of South Florida. She later earned her PhD; at University of Central Florida her dissertation was on healthcare disparities.