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Karen Cotler, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Population Health Nursing Science


Building & Room:

952 NURS


845 S. Damen Ave., MC 802, Chicago, IL 60612

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Dr. Cotler is a board certified FNP who's clinical practice is focused on vulnerable and under served populations. Her area of scholarship is focused on Improving health outcomes of sexual and gender minority populations,

Dr. Cotler is a South Florida transplant to Chicago, where her husband 3 children, and 2 little grandsons all reside in the city.
She loves her adopted city and committed to making it a better place through service and community activism.
She is thrilled and honored to be a part of the UIC CON family!

Selected Publications

2018 Cotler, K. & Selix, N. (2018). Patient centered care for transgender populations.: A tool kit for NP faculty and students. National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty.

2017 Cotler, K., Yingling, C. T., & Broholm, C. (2018). Preventing new HIV infections with Pre-exposure prophylaxis. Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 14(5), 376-382. doi:10.1016/j.nurpra.2017.12.021

2017 Yingling, C.T. & Cotler, K. & Broholm, C. (In Press). Primary care in sexual and gender minority communities. In T. Buttaro and J. Trybulski (Eds.). Primary care: A collaborative practice 5th ed. Mosby: St. Louis, MO.

2017 Yingling, C.T., Cotler, K. & Hughes, T.L. (2017). Building nurses’ capacity to address health inequities: Incorporating LGBT health content in a family nurse practitioner programme. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 26, 2807-2817. doi:10.1111/jocn.13707

Service to Community

Dr. Cotler is committed to promoting rural and global health locally and abroad. She has has spent the last three Spring breaks volunteering as a FNP provider in Haiti , providing rural primary care to a very under served population. In addition to guiding cohorts of FNP students in the care of this population in Haiti.

Professional Leadership

Membership Committee member, Illinois Society of Advance Nursing

DIversity Committee member at large and Chairmen, University of Illinois College of Nursing

Special Interest Committee membership ( Diversity and Sexual and Gender Minority), National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculty

Notable Honors

2017, Pinnacle Nurse Leader Award, UIC College of Nursing

2012, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, Florida Atlantic University Iota Xi Chapter, Boca Raton, Florida

2012, Golden Key International Honor Society For Nursing, Florida Atlantic University , Boca Raton, Florida

2010, Martin County Volunteer of the Year, Martin County Public School System


MSN- FNP: Florida Atlantic University
DNP: Florida Atlantic University

Licensures and Certifications

ANCC Family Nurse Practitioner
AANP Family Nurse Practitioner

Professional Memberships

2012 – Present American Association of Nurse Practitioners
2016 – Present National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
2016 – Present ISAPN – Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing
2012 – Present Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Iota Xi
2012 – Present Golden Key International Honor Society

Selected Presentations

2018 Symposium Presentation- December 2018
“DNP Projects: How to Manage All the Students”
National Organizations of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
Bethesda, MD

2018 Symposium Presentation – April 2018
“Patient centered care for transgender populations, Tools for NP faculty and students.”
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
Indianapolis, IN

2017 Podium Presentation – April 2017
“Preparing NP students to care for sexual minority (LGBTQIA) patients: There’s room in your curriculum!”
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
Washington, DC

2016 Poster Presentation – October 2016
“Alzheimer’s Disease in the African-American population: The silent epidemic”
Illinois Society of Advanced Practice Nursing
Midwest Annual Conference
Lisle, Illinois