Gerald Cochran Associate Dean for Research and Associate Professor, School of Social Work and Department of Psychiatry



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2006 Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

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Dr. Gerald (Jerry) 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.

Research Interests 

  • Behavioral health services research
  • Quantitative analysis of health and behavioral health data
  • Translation of evidence-based practices into policy

Selected Funded Grants

  • Principal Investigator: Gerald Cochran, PhD. Prescription opioid misuse: Pharmacist-delivered intervention at point of service, National Institute on Drug Abuse.
  • Coinvestigator: Gerald Cochran, Ph.D.,  Provider-targeted behavioral interventions to prevent unsafe opioid prescribing for acute non-cancer pain in primary care, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
  • Co-investigator: Gerald Cochran, Ph.D., Using machine learning to predict problematic opioid use and opioid overdose. National Institute on Drug Abuse.
  • Co-Investigator: Gerald Cochran, Ph.D., Increasing Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment in Rural Primary Care Practices, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
  • Principal Investigator: Gerald Cochran, Ph.D., Optimizing Pregnancy and Treatment Interventions for Moms (OPTI-Mom) study​, Staunton Farm Foundation.
  • Co-Principal Investigator: Gerald Cochran, Ph.D.,The Influence of Formulary Management Strategies on Opioid Medication Use, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institute on Drug Abuse.
  • Principal Investigator: Gerald Cochran, Ph.D., Opioid Painkiller Pilot Investigation (OPPI) Project. Central Research Development Fund, University of Pittsburgh.
  • Principal Investigator: Gerald Cochran, Ph.D., Pharmacy-Based Brief Intervention for the Non-Medical Use of Prescription Opioids: An Adaptation, Staunton Farm Foundation.
  • Co-Investigator: Gerald Cochran, Ph.D., Pennsylvania Medicaid Research and Data Analysis, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.
  • Principal Investigator: Gerald Cochran, Ph.D., Latent Classes and Transitions for Brief Alcohol Interventions in Trauma Settings: Clinical and Policy Implications. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Selected Publications

  • Cochran, G., McCarthy, R., Gordon, A.J., & Tarter, R. (In press). Opioid medication misuse among unhealthy drinkers. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
  • Cochran, G., Rosen, D., McCarthy, R., & Engel, R. (In press). Risk factors for symptoms of prescription opioid misuse: Do older adults differ from younger adult patients? Journal of Gerontological Social Work.
  • Frazier, W., Cochran, G., Lo-Ciganic, W.H., Gellad, W., Gordon, A.J., Chang, C.C., & Donohue, J.M. (In press). Medication-assisted treatment and opioid use before and after overdose in Pennsylvania Medicaid. Journal of the American Medical Association
  • Cochran, G., Gordon, A.J., Gellad, W., Chang, C-C., Lo-Ciganic, W-H., Cole., E., Frazier, W., Zheng, P., Kelley, D., & Donohue, J.M. (In press). Medicaid prior authorization and opioid medication abuse and overdose. The American Journal of Managed Care.
  • Cochran, G., Hruschak, V., Bacci, J., Hohmeier, K.C. & Tarter, R. (In press). Behavioral, mental, and physical health characteristics and opioid medication misuse among community pharmacy patients: A latent class analysis. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy.
  • Cochran, G., Gordon, A.J., Lo-Ciganic, W., Gellad, W., Frazier, W., Lobo, C., Chang, J., Zheng, P., Donohue, J.M. (2017). An examination of claims-based predictors of overdose from a large Medicaid program. Medical Care, 55(3): 291-298
  • Cochran, G., Bacci, J., Ylioja, T., Hruschak, V., Miller, S., Seybert, A., & Tarter, R. (2016). Prescription opioid use: Patient characteristics and misuse in community pharmacy. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, 56(3):248-256.