John James Cotter

John James Cotter

John James Cotter, PhD
Virginia Commonwealth University, USA


Dr. Cotter is the Assistant Dean for Distance Education and Director of the Doctoral Program in Health Related Science of Virginia Commonwealth University in the School of Allied Health Professions. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Gerontology.He received his Ph.D. in Health Care Organization and Research from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1996. He has a Masters of Arts in History from the University of Buffalo (1975) and his BA (History, with Honors) is from Canisius College in Buffalo (1971). Dr. Cotter has implemented, developed, managed and evaluated health and social services programs at the local and state levels for 30 years. In 1985, he had the good sense to move to Virginia where he served as Assistant Director of the Area Agency on Aging in Tidewater Virginia until 1988. As Director for Programs at the Virginia Department for the Aging from 1988-1994, he directed and managed services and programs for the older citizens of Virginia. He began teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1997 in gerontology and health services. Dr. Cotter teaches courses in the sociology of aging, trends of an aging society, health systems, and health care theory. In 2011, he received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence from the School of Allied Health Professions, Virginia Commonwealth University. He has 29 published articles and has given over 70 professional research presentations.

Research Interest

Innovative delivery of health care services
Alzheimer’s disease
Dementia in long term care
Consumer satisfaction with health care and education