Gerald Cochran Assistant Professor, School of Social Work and Department of Psychiatry



Fax: 412-624-6323
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, R21DA043735
  • 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, CDC/NIDA.
  • 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, 1R36 S021394.

Selected Publications

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., Gordon, A.J., Lo-Ciganic, W., Gellad, W., Frazier, W., Lobo, C., Chang, J., Zheng, P., Donohue, J.M. (In press). An examination of claims-based predictors of overdose from a large Medicaid program. Medical Care.

Cochran, G., Bacci, J., Ylioja, T., Hruschak, V., Miller, S., Seybert, A., & Tarter, R. (In press). Prescription opioid use: Patient characteristics and misuse in community pharmacy. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association

Lo-Ciganic W., Gellad W.F., Gordon A.J., Cochran G., & Donohue J.M. (In press). Associations between Trajectories of Buprenorphine Treatment and Emergency Department and Inpatient Utilization. Addiction.

Cochran, G., Field, C., Foreman, M., Ylioja, T., & Brown, C. (In press). Effects of brief Intervention on subgroups of injured patients who rink at risk levels. Injury Prevention.

Cochran, G., Field, C., DiClemente, C., & Caetano, R. (2016). Latent classes among recipients of a brief alcohol intervention: A replication analysis. Behavioral Medicine. 42(1):29-38

Cochran, G., Gordon, A., Field, C., Bacci, J., Dhital, R., Ylioja, T., Stitzer, M., Kelly, T., & Tarter, R. (2016). Developing a framework of care for opioid medication misuse in community pharmacy. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. 12(2):293-301.

Cochran, G., Rubinstein, J., Bacci, J., Ylioja, T., & Tarter, R., (2015). Screening community pharmacy patients for risk of prescription opioid misuse. Journal of Addiction Medicine. 9(5):411-416

Cochran, G., Field, C., & Lawson, K. (2015). Pharmacists who screen and discuss opioid misuse with patients: Future directions for research and practice. Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 28(4):404-12.

Cochran, G., Field, C. & Caetano, R. (2015). Changes in classes of injury-related risks and consequences of alcohol misuse: A latent transition analysis. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 42(3):355-366.

Cochran, G., Woo, B., Lo-Ciganic, W.H., Gordon, A.J., Donohue, J.M., & Gellad, W.F. (2015). Defining non-medical use of prescription opioids within health care claims: A systematic review. ​Substance Abuse, 36(2):192-202

Cochran, G., Stitzer, M., Nunes, E., Hu., M, & Campell, A. (2015). Web-based treatment for substance use disorders: Differential effects by primary substance. Addictive Behaviors, 45:191-194

Krans, E., Cochran, G., & Bogen, D. (2015). Caring for opioid dependent pregnant women: Psychosocial risk factors and care considerations. Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, 15(2), 370-379

Cochran, G., Stitzer, M., Nunes, E., Hu., M, & Campell, A.  (2014). Clinically Relevant Characteristics Associated with Early Treatment Drug Use versus Abstinence.  Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, 9(6).

Cochran, G., Roll, J., Jackson, R., & Kennedy, J. (2014). Health care reform and the behavioral health workforce. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 14(2), 127-140.

Field, C., Cochran, G., Caetano, R., Foreman, M. & Brown, CV. (2014). Post-discharge nonmedical use of prescription opioids in at-risk drinkers admitted to urban level-I trauma centers. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, 76(3): 833-839.

Cochran, G., Field, C. & Caetano, R. (2014). Injury-Related Consequences of Alcohol Misuse among Injured Patients Who Received SBI for alcohol: A Latent Class Analysis. Substance Abuse, 35(2):153-62.

Cochran, G. & Field, C. (2013). SBIRT and social work: A primer for practice and policy. Social Work in Public Health, 3-4: 248-263.

Cochran, G., Field, C., Lawson, K., & Erickson, C. (2013). Pharmacists' Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs Regarding Screening and Brief Intervention for Prescription Opioid Abuse: A Survey of Utah and Texas Pharmacists.  Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, 4: 71–79.

Field, C., Cochran, G., & Caetano, R. (2013). Treatment Utilization and Unmet Treatment Need among Hispanics Following Brief Intervention. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 37(2): 300-307.

Field, C., Cochran, G., & Caetano, R. (2012). Ethnic differences in the effect of drug use and drug dependence on brief motivational interventions targeting alcohol use. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 126(1-2): 21-26.