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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.


  • 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
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Most recent book editions:

Cochran, J. L., & Cochran, N. H. (2021). The heart of counseling: Practical counseling skills through therapeutic relationships (3rd ed). NY: Routledge.

Cochran, N. H., Nordling, W., & Cochran, J.L. (2010). Child-centered play therapy: A practical guide to developing therapeutic relationships with children. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Jeff Cochran

Contact Information

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