Valerie Dean O'Loughlin received her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, and her PhD in biological anthropology from Indiana University.
She is Professor of Anatomy at Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM), where she teaches human gross anatomy to medical students, basic human anatomy to undergraduates, and human anatomy for medical imaging evaluation to undergraduate and graduate students. She also teaches a pedagogical methods course and mentors MS and PhD students pursuing anatomy education research. She is active in the American Association of Anatomists (AAA) and the Society for Ultrasound in Medical Education (SUSME).
She is a President Emeritus of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS) and currently serves on the Steering Committee of HAPS.
She earned multiple teaching awards from IUSM and received the AAA Basmajian Award for excellence in teaching gross anatomy and outstanding accomplishments in scholarship in education.
In 2014 she received the Scholar Educator award from the Indiana University School of Medicine, which recognizes a single faculty member who approaches teaching through a scholarly lens.