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Gerald Cochran, M.S.W., Ph.D.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Academic Information

Departments: Internal Medicine - Associate Professor, Population Health Sciences - Adjunct Associate Professor, Psychiatry - Adjunct Associate Professor

Divisions: Adult Psychiatry, Epidemiology

Academic Office Information

jerry.cochran@hsc.utah.edu

Research Interests

  • Health Care and Health Services
  • Behavioral Health
  • Substance Abuse
  • Program Evaluation
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Latent Variable Modeling

Gerald (Jerry) Cochran is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Epidemiology at the University of Utah and serves as the Director of Research for the Program on Addiction Research, Clinical Care, Knowledge, and Advocacy within the Division of Epidemiology. He also has an adjunct Associate Professor appointment with the University of Utah Department of Psychiatry and is core faculty with the Informatics, Decision-Enhancement, and Analytic Sciences (IDEAS) Center of Innovation within the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System.

Dr. Cochran’s area of expertise involves identifying and studying appropriate care for underserved populations in health care settings, with particular emphasis on individuals who use drugs and alcohol. He has extensive expertise in clinical- and system-level behavioral health services research. Dr. Cochran’s work has focused on development and testing of evidence-based practices for addressing opioid and other substance use in health care settings. Dr. Cochran’s work aims to improve substance use prevention and treatment services.

Research Statement

Dr. Cochran earned his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work and completed postdoctoral training with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Cochran’s research interests are centered on behavioral health services research. His area of expertise involves identifying and studying appropriate care for underserved populations in healthcare settings, with particular emphasis on individuals who misuse drugs and alcohol. Dr. Cochran’s work aims to improve substance abuse prevention and treatment services provided in health care settings.

Education History

Research Fellow Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Behavioral Pharmacology of Substance Abuse
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Doctoral Training The University of Texas at Austin
Social Work
PhD
Graduate Training University of Utah
MSW
Undergraduate Brigham Young University
Major: Social Work; Minor: Spanish
BS