Constance K. Cottrell, PhD, MHA, RN, is a nurse scientist in Cleveland Clinic’s Office of Nursing Research and Innovation. Dr. Cottrell has extensive clinical experience in pediatric nursing and pediatric psychology, with a focus on coping with chronic and terminal pulmonary diseases. She also has research and clinical experience in the behavioral management of both pediatric and adult pain disorders, specifically headaches. She has served in the roles of nursing professional development in an inpatient setting and as faculty at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. More recently, she served as an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northeast Ohio Medical University as a mentor to medical residents completing research requirements for graduation. She has been in health research for more than 20 years conducting and managing clinical research, including NIH-funded studies and sponsored clinical trials.
Lived experience, empowerment and retention of registered nurses and patient care nurse assistants in the hospital setting; elucidating differences between quality improvement, evidence-based practice projects, and research.
- MHA (Masters in Healthcare Administration), Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, 2012
- PhD in Clinical Psychology, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, 1994
- MSN, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1981
- BSN, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1976
- Certified Principal Investigator, Association of Clinical Research Professionals
Office of Nursing Research and Innovation
9500 Euclid Ave/ T4
Cleveland, OH 44195
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 and co-chairs the annual Clinical Nursing Research Conference. She has served on institutional review boards as well as research oversight committees.
Clinical Practice & Teaching
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 with a focus on issues related to chronic and terminal disease.
Dr. Cottrell has previous experience teaching pediatric nursing at The 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 and staff nurses pursuing their 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
2022 – Publications and Presentations
Mollard, E., Cottrell, C. Adaptive Capacity to Maternal Morbidity and Mortality in Nulliparous Women. Oral presentation at Clinical Nursing Research Conference, Cleveland Clinic, 2022
Smith, S., Cottrell, C. Utility of a Relaxation Room for Critical Care Registered Nurses. Oral presentation at Clinical Nursing Research Conference, Cleveland Clinic, 2022
2021 – Publications and Presentations
Mitchell, R., Onesko, L., Holloway, D., Cottrell, C. Hocus POCUS: Making Diagnostic Uncertainty in Dyspnea Disappear. Presented at Nursing Research Conference April 2021
Cottrell, C. QI vs. Research: What’s the difference and who cares? Panel discussion for 2021 Nursing Research Conference. Presented April 2021
Abdelnour R, Marley M, Bowersox N, Pagano T, Cottrell C, George E, Creager L, Kovach S, Ragozine J, Smith-Steinmetz H, Schirf J, Mendiola J, Savitski J. Implementation and evaluation of an elective induction protocol at a regional tertiary obstetric care center. Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine 41st Annual Pregnancy Meeting, 2021; Virtual.
Cottrell C, Clausen S, Sullivan D, Bena, Biats D. (2021). An Initiative to increase resident performance of operative vaginal deliveries. 16th Annual Clinical Nursing Research Conference, Cleveland, Ohio
Rose, A., Gilbertson, A., Cottrell, C., Tampi, R. (2021). Cognitive screening for adult psychiatric outpatients: Comparison of the Cognivue® to the Montreal Cognitive Assessment. World J Psychiatr. 11(7): 265-270.
Snyder, H., Mullen, C., Cottrell, C., Markovich, R., Savitski, J. (2021). Effect of Skin-to-Skin Contact on Incidence of Transient Tachypnea of the Newborn. JOGNN. 50(6):724-731. doi: 10.1016/j.jogn.2021.09.001
2020 – Publications and 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. Presented 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.Presented at ACOG’s 2020 Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, April 24-27, 2020. Seattle, WA. Meeting canceled.
2019 - Presentations and Publications
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 and Publications
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.
- 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
- OB/GYN Residency Support Person of the Year, 2016
- Caregiver Appreciation Awards:Teamwork (29) and Quality (1)
- Caregiver Excellence Award:Teamwork (3)
- Best Behavioral Issues Poster, American Headache Society Meeting, 2003