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Leland "Bert" Waters, PhD

Associate Director

Email: lhwaters@vcu.edu

Dr. Waters is the Associate Director of the Virginia Center on Aging and also serves as Director for 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 serves as Administrator for the statewide Geriatric Training and Education initiative at the Virginia Center on Aging.

Dr. Waters' research interests include geriatric workforce development, health promotion, long-term-care, 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 President-Elect for the Southern Gerontological Society, and Treasurer and Executive Committee Member for the National Association for Geriatric Education. 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.