Valerie Cotter

Valerie Cotter




Valerie T. Cotter, DrNP, AGPCNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN is an associate professor at Johns Hopkins University with a joint appointment in the School of Nursing and School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She brings four decades of experience specializing in gerontology and conducts ongoing research in aging, dementia, gerontology and palliative care. Passionate about the psycho-social implications of a dementia diagnosis on her patients and families, Dr. Cotter continues to advocate for individualized patient care through her work. A fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and American Academy of Nursing (AAN), Dr. Cotter has received many honors and awards, and has a notable list of publications, including the Journal for Nurse Practitioners, American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Dementia, and Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. In 2009, she was named Volunteer of the Year for the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association for starting the first specialized support group for people with early-stage dementia.

Specialties and Expertise
  • Aging
  • Dementia
  • Gerontology
  • Interprofessional
  • Palliative Care