Constance K. Cottrell, PhD, MHA, RN, is a nurse scientist for Cleveland Clinic’s Office of Nursing Research and Innovation. Dr. Cottrell’s clinical experience was focused on pediatric nursing and pediatric psychology and her academic career centered around pediatric nursing and health psychology. The majority of her experience has been in conducting and managing clinical research including NIH funding studies and sponsored clinical trials.

Research Interests

Racial disparities in infant mortality; creating a culture of safety in the healthcare environment; improving communication both within and among disciplines.


  • MHA (Masters in Healthcare Administration), Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, 2012
  • PhD in Clinical Psychology, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, 1994
  • MSN in Nursing, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1981
  • BSN in Nursing, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1976


  • Certified Principal Investigator, Association of Clinical Research Professionals

Contact Information

Cleveland Clinic
Office of Nursing Research and Innovation
9500 Euclid Ave/ T4
Cleveland, OH 44195
[email protected]



Dr. Cottrell serves on the Research Policy and Procedure Committee and the Planning Committee for the Annual Patient Safety Day at Cleveland Clinic. She is also on the Nursing Institute Research Council. She has served on Institutional Review Boards as well as Research Oversight Committees.

Clinical Practice & Teaching

Clinical Practice & Teaching

Clinical Practice

Dr. Cottrell’s clinical expertise is in pediatric nursing, specifically pediatric pulmonary disease, neonatal intensive care and infant cardiothoracic intensive care. She also has expertise in child and pediatric psychology.


Dr. Cottrell has previous experience teaching pediatric nursing at Ohio State University College of Nursing and as a clinical (staff development) instructor at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She currently serves as a mentor to DNP and PhD nursing students as well as to staff nurses pursuing their own research interests. Her teaching experience includes undergraduate introductory and health psychology courses. She is an Associate Professor in Obstetrics/Gynecology at the Northeast Ohio College of Medicine where she previously mentored medical residents completing research requirements for graduation.

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

2020 - Presentations

Lende M, Heiselman C, Knebush M, Cottrell C, Bacak S.(2020).  Postpartum Diabetes Screening in an Urban Resident Clinic. Presented at Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine 40th Annual Pregnancy Meeting, Grapevine, TX, February 3-9, 2020.

Freeman E, Cottrell C, Bacak S. (2020). Long-acting reversible contraception among postpartum women in a federally qualified health clinic: intention versus uptake. Accepted for presentation at 69th ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting. Seattle, WA, April 24-27, 2020. Meeting canceled

Wise, M., Savitski, J., Cottrell, C. (2020). Evaluation of a program to improve physician communication on a labor and delivery unit. AGOJ. 222(1): Supplement, S423. Poster accepted for presentation at ACOG’s 2020 Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, April 24-27, 2020. Seattle, WA. Meeting canceled.

2019 - Presentations

Greenbaum R, Cottrell C, Bacak S. (2019). 17-Hydroxyprogesterone Caproate and the Prevention of Preeclampsia.  Poster presented at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, Nashville, TN.


Lende M, Freeman E, Hoq R, Cottrell C, Savitski J. (2019). Multidisciplinary approach to managing an obstetrical patient with delusional denial of pregnancy. Psychiatric Annals. 49(11): 506-508.

Zuponcic J, Cottrell C, Lavin J. (2019). Addressing Decision Making in Progesterone Treatment for History of Preterm Delivery.  American Journal of Perinatology Reports. 9(3): 2244-e250.

MacCleary Price N, Cottrell C, Lavin J. (2019). The impact of antepartum hospitalization on maternal psychological well-being.  American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2019; 220:S246-S147.

2018 - Presentations

Delara R, Cottrell C, Savitski J. (2018). Effects of adverse childhood experiences on female sexual quality of life. Poster presented at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, Austin, Texas.

Heller M, Cottrell C, Fish B, Powell A. (2018). Cervical cancer screening in underserved populations: reflex versus co-testing for cervical cancer. Poster presented at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Scientific Session, Akron, Ohio.


Rykoff R, Cottrell C, Savitski J. (2018). Effects of adverse childhood experiences on female sexual quality of life.  Obstetrics & Gynecology. 131:146S.    

2017 - Publications

Hasan A, Cottrell C, Lavin J. (2017). The effect of implementing the 2012 NICHD, ACOG, SMFM cesarean prevention consensus guidelines on the cesarean rate following labor induction.  Am J Obstet Gynecol.  216(1):S442-S443.  

Heiselman C, Shah K, Cottrell C, Smelcer P, Lavin J. (2017). Inpatient Consultation Communication: Hospital Culture and Perspectives. Obstetrics & Gynecology. 129:96S-97S.  

Professional Involvement

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
  • Member, Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau
  • Member, Association of Clinical Research Professionals
Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

  • OB/GYN Residency Support Person of the Year, 2016
  • Caregiver Appreciation Awards, Teamwork and Quality
  • Caregiver Excellence Award, Teamwork
  • Best Behavioral Issues Poster, American Headache Society Meeting, 2003