Cottor Consulting, Ltd.,
15029 North Thompson Peak Parkway,
Scottsdale, AZ 85260-2223
Office phone: 480-365-6071
Bob Cottor, M.D., closed his clinical and forensic practice in 2007 after more than 40 years of professional work in Minnesota, California and Arizona. He continues to consult with groups, businesses and organizations seeking creative and effective change. Bob has become involved in the newly emerging field of pediatric palliative care and respite care for the families who are caring for children with life limiting conditions. Bob partnered with his wife, Sharon Cottor, MSW, in their professional practice when they moved to Arizona in 1971. Bob and Sharon founded the Institute for Creative Change in Phoenix in 1980 to provide a forum for practicing professionals to explore and create effective change practices in their work with individuals, couples, families and organizations. Over the past 30 years, Bob has taught and trained a large number of mental health professionals as well as professionals from other disciplines in a constructionist, collaborative, appreciative and relational-based approach to creative change. He received a special citation for Outstanding Contributions to the Field from the Arizona Association of Marriage and Family Therapy in 1992.
Bob received his medical education and trained as a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the University of Minnesota. At the completion of his child psychiatric training, he specialized in community and family psychiatry. He later developed specialties in forensic psychiatry with divorcing families and their custody conflicts as well as consultation with family businesses regarding their relationship and succession issues. Bob received an Award for Significant Contribution to Family Law from the Arizona Association of Family and Conciliation Courts in February 2008
Bob's current professional emphases are on positive living, positive aging, collaborative healthcare, relationship enrichment and, overall, creating effective change. Bob and Sharon co-authored a chapter, Relational Inquiry and Relational Responsibility: The Practice of Change, in the book Relational Responsibility: Resources for Sustainable Dialogue, edited by Sheila McNamee and Ken Gergen and published by Sage in 1998. Bob also co-authored Experiential Learning Exercises in Social Construction: A Field Book for Creating Change, published by Taos Institute publishing in 2003.
Bob serves on the Medical Advisory Council and the Program Services Committee of Ryan House, a nonprofit organization in Phoenix that will be offering an innovative program of pediatric palliative care, end-of-life care and respite care in a home-like facility for families with children with life limiting conditions. He also served on the Board of Advisors to the Spirit of Enterprise Center at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.