Leland "Bert" Waters, Ph.D.

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Dr. Waters serves as Associate Director for the Virginia Center on Aging and the Virginia Geriatric Education Center's Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP). He manages the day-to-day operations of the GWEP and assists in the oversight of the GWEP staff and coordination of activities related to project objectives, including implementation of distance-based and website trainings. He is the Administrator for the statewide Geriatric Training and Education initiative at the Virginia Center on Aging and the Senior Mentoring Program in the VCU School of Medicine. Dr. Waters' research interests include geriatrics workforce development, geriatrics education, health promotion and wellness, faculty development, long-term-care administration, and improving access to palliative care. Dr. Waters has served on numerous Boards and Executive Committees over the years in the public and nonprofit sectors. He has contributed in a leadership role for several regional and statewide aging advocacy coalitions. He currently serves as Treasurer and Executive Committee Member for both the National Association for Geriatric Education and the Southern Gerontological Society. Dr. Waters received a PhD in Health Related Sciences at VCU's College of Health Professions with an emphasis in Gerontology. He has an Affiliate Appointment with a rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Gerontology and has a BS in Economics and a MS in Gerontology with a concentration in Public Administration.