Ann Cottingham, MAR, MA

Ann Cottingham, MAR, MA

Director, Research in Health Professions Education and Practice, Indiana University School ofMedicine
Health Services Researcher,
Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
Advanced Scholars Program for Internists in research and Education (ASPIRE), IU School of Medicine


Ann Cottingham is the Director of Research in Health Professions Education and Practice with the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine where she co-directs the ASPIRE (Advanced Scholars Program for Internists in Research and Education) program. Ann is a health services researcher with a focus on spiritual, religious and psychological dimensions of illness and care, the role of community organizations in enhancing health, and health care team communication. She is currently leading a study to enhance understanding of the role of faith and faith leaders in patient coping and healthcare decision making. Ann also co-directs a study examining the impact of chaplain support for clinic staff on staff well-being and work engagement and a second study exploring the impact of a chaplaincy home care intervention on the spiritual well-being of patients with ALS and their caregivers. Ann helped lead the development of the Indiana University School of Medicine competency curriculum 2002-2011 and with funding from two NIH grants created, implemented and assessed multiple educational interventions to enhance provider teaching and modeling of the IUSM competencies.

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  • University of Notre Dame, Masters in Ethics
  • Yale University, Masters in Religion
  • Duke University, Undergraduate

Representative Publications

  • Cottingham, AH, Sinha S, Gruber RN, Nation B, Lane KA, Bo N, Torke A. Advance Care Planning in A Preoperative Clinic: A Retrospective Chart Review. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Apr;34(4):523-525. doi: 10.1007/s11606-018-4744-8. PMID: 30604122; PMCID: PMC6445838.
  • Cottingham AH, Cripe LD, Rand KL, Frankel RM. "My Future is Now": A Qualitative Study of Persons Living With Advanced Cancer. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2018 Apr;35(4):640-646. doi: 10.1177/1049909117734826. Epub 2017 Oct 9. PMID: 28992715.
  • Cottingham, AH, Johns SA, Beck-Coon K, Stutz PV, Talib TL, Chinh K, Schmidt K, Shields C, Stout ME, Stump TE, Monahan PO, Torke AM, Helft PR. Mindfulness Training Supports Quality of Life and Advance Care Planning in Adults With Metastatic Cancer and Their Caregivers: Results of a Pilot Study. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2020 Feb;37(2):88-99. doi: 10.1177/1049909119862254. Epub 2019 Aug 4. PMID: 31378080.
  • Cottingham AH, Maiko S, Johns SA, Helft PR, Slaven JE, Torke AM. Spiritual Experiences of Adults With Advanced Cancer in Outpatient Clinical Settings. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019 Mar;57(3):576-586.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2018.11.026. Epub 2018 Dec 6. PMID: 30528539; PMCID: PMC6382574.