Current title/affiliation/professional role(s):

photo_MemberSpotllight_CochranI am Director of the University Counseling Service and a Clinical Professor in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Iowa.

When did you join Division 51? What made you interested in joining?

I joined the “Men treating Men” network that Gary Brooks and others organized through Division 29 that was one of the precursors of Divisoin 51. I joined Division 51 when it became an APA division. That was in 1997? What made you interested in joining? I have had a long-standing interest in psychotherapy with men and the psychology of men and masculinity, so it was a natural fit.

What do you find most valuable about being a member of the division?

The colleagueship and the journal are the two most valuable things about being a division member. I have met many men and women who share similar values about gender equality and about working to make the world a better place. The smaller size of the division makes it possible to create and sustain more personal connections around these and other shared interests. The journal is the flagship journal publishing work in this area. As an empirically minded and science oriented individual, I enjoy reading the journal and contributing as an editorial board member, and as an author when my writing ‘clears the bar’ and is acceptable for publication.

What are your clinical, teaching, research, or other applied interests relating to the psychology of men and masculinity?

Broadly, I am interested in psychotherapy with men and how to humanize the therapy process to be more inclusive of men who might otherwise avoid therapy. Helpseeking in men is a current interest. I have always been interested in understanding men’s depression from both a clinical and research perspective. A newer advocacy and social justice interest of mine that fits here is work on men’s violence-both against women and against other men.