Skip to content Skip to main navigation Report an accessibility issue
Jeff Cochran

Jeff Cochran, PhD

Professor, Department Head


Jeff and Nancy Cochran often teach, research, and write together, as well as share our lives and parent together. We also spend a great deal of time in sports and outdoor activities with our son, Erzhan.

We also run the REACH Project, which is a multi-systemic, school-based mental health counseling intervention for very high risk children and families. The service-research project features child-centered play therapy to turn around the lives of troubled children and families.


  • Child-centered play therapy
  • Counselor skill, confidence & personal development
  • At-risk children, youth & families
  • High-poverty schools
  • Person-centered & humanistic approaches to counseling


  • PhD, Counseling, Virginia Tech, 1996
  • MA, Human Development and Psychological Counseling, Appalachian State University, 1991
  • BS, History and Secondary Education, Appalachian State University, 1986
  • Download CV


Brooks, T. P., & Cochran, J. L. (2016). The core conditions in counseling chronically undecided career decision-makers. Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies, 16, 1-14.

Cochran, J. L., & Cochran, N. H. (2015). The heart of counseling: Counseling skills through therapeutic relationships (2nd ed). NY: Routledge.

Jeff Cochran

Contact Information

  • 526 Bailey Education Complex, 1126 Volunteer Blvd.
  • Phone: 865-974-4178
  • E-mail:

Educational Psychology & Counseling Department
College of Education, Health & Human Sciences

535 Bailey Education Complex
1122 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37996-3452
Phone: 865-974-8145 Fax: 865-974-0135