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Bert Waters

Leland "Bert" Waters, PhD

Associate Director

Email: lhwaters@vcu.edu

Leland Waters, Ph.D.
Director, Virginia Geriatric Education Center
Associate Director, Virginia Center on Aging
Department of Gerontology


  • Geriatrics Education and Workforce Development
  • Post-Acute and Long-Term Care
  • Social Determinants of Health


  • Ph.D. in Health Related Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • M.S. in Gerontology, with a specialization in Health Care Organization and Planning, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • BS in Economics, Virginia Commonwealth University

Research Interests

  • Interprofessional geriatric workforce enhancement
  • Transdisciplinary Team Science
  • Food Insecurity


Dr. Waters is the Associate Director of the Virginia Center on Aging and is the Director of the Virginia Geriatric Education Center, a consortium of five Virginia universities. He is the Principal Investigator for Virginia’s Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP). He serves as Administrator for the statewide Geriatric Training and Education initiative at the Virginia Center on Aging. He is also the Co-Principal Investigator for the Virginia Long-Term Care Facility Network, a project funded by the Virginia Department of Health to establish a peer clinician network and associated website of free information which will establish a monthly forum through which clinical issues in long-term care medicine can be discussed among peers. He currently serves as President of the Southern Gerontological Society, and President-Elect of the National Association for Geriatric Education. 


  • Fellow, Gerontological Society of America
  • Researcher of the Year Award, 2021, College of Health Professions
  • Victor W. Marshall Fellow in Applied Gerontology, Southern Gerontological Society
  • VCU Leadership Development Program, (GEHLI) Class of 2018
  • Alumni of the Year, Department of Gerontology, 2011