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Valerie Cotter, DrNP, AGPCNP-BC, FAANP

Assistant Professor
Valerie Cotter
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Valerie Cotter worked with the Alzheimer’s Association of the Delaware Valley in 2005 to start the first specialized support group for people with early-stage dementia. “I am really interested in the psycho-social implications to having the diagnosis in the first place and how, as nurses, we can help each person and each family adjust to that diagnosis,” she says. Cotter adds that because dementia can be caused by or associated with so many other diseases and conditions, and because people generally live with dementia for many years, it is essential to treat each person individually.

Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest

Dementia; Alzheimer's disease; aging
  • Videos
  • Publications

    Cotter, V. T. & Foxwell, A. M. (2016). "The meaning of hope in the dying. In B. Ferrell (Ed.), Spiritual, religious, and cultural aspects of care." (Volume 5). (91-114). NY: Oxford University Press and Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.

    Cotter, V. T. & Teixeira, J. (2015). "Early-Stage dementia: Maximizing self-direction and health." In M. Boltz & J. Galvin (Eds.). Dementia Care: An Evidence-Based Approach. (61-70). NY: Springer.

    Cotter, V. T. (2009). "Hope in early stage dementia: A concept analysis." Alzheimer's Care Today, 10(4):232-237.

    Cotter, V. T., Bradway, C. W., Cross, D., Taylor, M. (2009). "Clinical evaluation tools for dual track adult and gerontology nurse practitioner students." Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 21(12), 658-662.

  • Research
    • Alzheimer's disease
    • Early stage dementia
    • Geriatrics
    • Interprofessional education
  • Awards and Honors

    2014 One of 15 Top Adult Gerontology Professors, Nurse Practitioner School
    2011 Appreciation Award, Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter’s Early Stage Initiatives
    2004 Fellow, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
    1997 Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, University of Pennsylvania