Damon B. Cottrell, Ph.D., DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CCNS, ACNS-BC

Interim Dean & Professor


Damon B. Cottrell, Ph.D., DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CCNS, ACNS-BC



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Dr. Cottrell is Professor and Interim Dean at Texas Woman's University (TWU) College of Nursing, Texas. He graduated from the Baptist Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in San Antonio with a diploma in nursing and achieved a bachelor's and master's degree in Nursing from TWU. He holds a Post-Masters Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Indiana State University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Robert Morris University. Dr. Cottrell holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Texas at Tyler. Dr. Cottrell's experience spans over three decades and includes practice as a Registered Nurse and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse within emergency, acute, and urgent care settings. His experience extends to a myriad of roles including Staff Nurse, Clinical Coordinator, Supervisor, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Practitioner, and Director, along with his academic appointments. Dr. Cottrell holds certification and licensure as an adult acute and critical care Clinical Nurse Specialist and as a Family Nurse Practitioner. He is a past Chair of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Certification Corporation. Dr. Cottrell has published multiple articles and presented at the local, regional and national levels about various topics in clinical practice.


Ph.D., Nursing, University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, Texas
Post-Masters, Post-Master's Certificate, Family Nurse Practitioner, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN
D.N.P., Nursing, Robert Morris University, Moon Township, PA
M.S., Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX
B.S., Nursing/Biology, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX
Other, Nursing, Baptist School of Health Professions, San Antonio, TX

Research Interests

LGBTQ+ health and disparity; Emergency/urgent Care; Professional aspects of advanced nursing practice.

Latest Articles

TNA Practice Tip of the Week: Taking Action to the Next Level for Transgender People
TNA Checkup (2022)
Damon Cottrell, Phillip Atchison, Darian Poe

Rheumatoid Arthritis and DVT Risk
Nursing: The Voice and Vision of Nursing (2022)
Susan Quisenberry, Phillip Atchison, Damon Cottrell

Suicide, Risk and Prevention: A Focus on LGBTQ+ Adolescents and Young Adults
Nursing: The Voice and Vision of Nursing (2022)
Damon Cottrell, John Gonzalez, Phillip Atchison, Stephanie Evans, Alyssa Stokes

Partnerships to improve social determinants of health, health equity, and health outcomes: A SNRS whitepaper
Research in Nursing and Health (2021)
Hychol Ahn, Brittany Butts, Damon Cottrell, Jennifer Kesey, Charleen McNeill

TNA Practice Tip of the Week: Understanding the LGBTQ+ Patient and the Foundation for Providing Care
TNA Checkup (2021)
Damon Cottrell, Stephanie Evans

Nonoccupational postexposure HIV prophylaxis.
Nursing: The Voice and Vision of Nursing (2021)
Phillip Atchison, Tim Claus, Damon Cottrell

Building a culture of Ph.D. and DNP collaboration: A SNRS position paper
Research in Nursing and Health (2020)
Pamela Ashcraft, Cazzell Mary, Damon Cottrell, Charlene McNeill, Elizabeth Reifsnider

Correlates to Increased Risk of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Among LGBT+ University Students
Journal of Forensic Nursing (2020)
Donna Scott Tilley, Ann Kolodetsky, Damon Cottrell, Abigail Tilton

Considering the Needs of Older Sexual and Gender Minority People  
Journal for Nurse Practitioners (2020)
Damon Cottrell

Fostering Disclosure of Sexual and Gender Minority Status to Health Care Providers
The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Healthcare (2019)
Damon Cottrell

A female with sore throat and dysphagia
Journal of Emergency Nursing (2016)
Amy Culbertson, Damon Cottrell

An older adult with headache and visual blurring
Journal of Emergency Nursing (2016)
Damon Cottrell, Eugenia Welch

Eating Disorders in Men
The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Healthcare (2016)
Damon Cottrell, Jeffrey Williams

Treatment of resistant hypertension in the patient with chronic kidney disease
Journal for Nurse Practitioners (2015)
Harry Scher, Michelle Drew, Damon Cottrell

First trimester vaginal bleeding: Molar pregnancy.
Advance for Nurse Practitioners (2015)
Mahnaz Sherieh, Damon Cottrell, Peggy Mancuso

Externally Funded Projects

Lucile W. & George R. Pattullo Fund- Field of Interest at the Dallas Foundation
The Dallas Foundation | $7,987.00 | 2022
Role: Principal Investigator

Research Grant
Sigma Theta Tau International - Honor Society of Nursing - Beta Beta Chapter (Dallas) | $1,000.00 | 2021
Role: Principal Investigator

Internally Funded Projects

TWU Small Grants Program
Texas Woman's University, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs | $1,000.00 | 2021
Research Grant

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN)
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
  • American Nurses Association (ANA)
  • American Nurses Association, Texas Nurses Association, District 4
  • Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA)
  • Greater Denton Arts Council
  • LGBTQ Health Caucus
  • National League for Nursing (NLN)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  • Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS)