Christopher Comer, Dean
Bryan Cochran, Ph.D.
Professor of PsychologyEmail: email@example.com
Office: Skaggs Bldg 310
Professor of Psychology
Principal Investigator, HRSA BHWET Program "Behavioral Health in the Big Sky"
Psychology 340 – Abnormal Psychology; Psychology 378 - Fundamentals of Clinical Psychology; Psychology 510 - Trends in Psychological Research;
Psychology 511 - Professional Issues in Clinical Psychology; Psychology 532 – Advanced Psychopathology; Psychology 534 - Advanced Clinical Practicum;
Psychology 631 - Interventions: Substance Misuse; Psychology 631 - Interventions: LGBT Issues
Fall 2018: Psyx 340 and Psyx 532
My primary area of research interest is in the health correlates of being part of a stigmatized minority group. Specifically, I have studied substance use disorders and other mental health conditions among LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) youth and adult populations. My work is framed within a contextual model that takes into account the unique experiences of identifying as part of a marginalized segment of society.
As a practitioner, I work with adult clients who present with a variety of behavior disorders as well as problems in living. I am a relationship-oriented therapist who draws upon evidence-based approaches when applicable to the particular client’s problem.
Information Regarding Current Graduate Students:
My current research lab consists of five graduate students: Hillary Gleason is in her 6th year of the program, Oak Reed is in his 4th, James Brennan is in his 3rd, and Kinsie Dunham is entering her 2nd year. Our newest member of the lab, Gabriella Ji, will join the program this fall. In the presentation and publication list below, graduate student (current and past) co-authors and co-presenters are in bold, and undergraduate students in italics.
Notice to Applicants for the Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology:
At this point, I do plan on taking a graduate student for the 2019 admissions cycle. Applications to our program will be reviewed shortly after the 12/1/18 due date; please check other faculty webpages for mentors who are also reviewing applications this year. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have further questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ph.D., University of Washington, 2003 (clinical internship at the VA Medical Affairs - Seattle division completed 2003)
M.S., University of Washington, 2000
B.S., Furman University, 1996
Field of Study
Substance abuse and dependence; prescription drug misuse; LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) issues; psychotherapy process; cognitive behavioral treatment; relationship-oriented psychotherapy
Smith, A.J., Hallum-Montes, R., Nevin, K., Zenker, R., Sutherland, B., Reagor, S., Ortiz, M.E., Woods, C., Frost, M., Cochran, B.N., Oost, K.M., Gleason, H., Brennan, J.M. (2018). Determinants of transgender individuals’ well-being, mental health, and suicidality in a rural state. Journal of Rural Mental Health, 42, 116-132.
Livingston, N.A., Flentje, A., Heck, N.C., Szalda-Petree, A., & Cochran, B.N. (2017). Ecological momentary assessment of daily discriminations experiences and nicotine, alcohol, and drug use among sexual and gender minority individuals. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 85(12), 1131-1143.
Gleason, H.A., Livingston, N.A., Peters, M.M., Oost, K.M., Reely, E., & Cochran, B.N. (2016). Effects of state nondiscrimination laws on transgender and gender nonconforming individuals' perceived community stigma and mental health. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, 20(4), 350-362.
Livingston, N.A., Christianson, N., & Cochran, B.N. (2016). Minority stress, psychological distress, and alcohol misuse among sexual minority young adults: A resiliency -based conditional process analysis. Addictive Behaviors, 63, 25-131.
Oost, K.M., Livingston, N.A., Gleason, H.A., & Cochran, B.N. (2016). Gender performance and risk for psychopathology: Looking beyond sexual orientation. Journal of LGBT Youth, 13(3), 23-1248.
Livingston, N.A., Oost, K.M., Heck, N.C., & Cochran, B.N. (2015). The role of personality in predicting drug and alcohol use among sexual minorities. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 29, 414-419.
Flentje, A., Bacca, C.L., & Cochran, B.N. (2015). Missing data in substance abuse research? Researchers’ reporting practices of sexual orientation and gender identity. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 147, 280-284.
Cochran, B. N., & Robohm, J. S. (2015). Integrating LGBT competencies into the multicultural curriculum of graduate psychology training programs: Expounding and expanding upon Hope and Chappell's choice points: Commentary on "Extending training in multicultural competencies to include individuals identifying as lesbian, gay, and bisexual: Key choice points for clinical psychology training programs." Clinical Psychology Science and Practice, 22, 119-126.
Stewart, B., Heck, N. C., & Cochran, B. N. (2015). A comparison of sexual minority youth who attend religiously-affiliated schools and their nonreligious school-attending counterparts. Journal of LGBT Youth, 12, 170-188.
Cochran, B. N., Flentje, A., Heck, N. C., Van Den Bos, J., Perlman, D., Torres, J., Valuck, R., & Carter, J. (2014). Factors predicting development of opioid use disorders among individuals who receive an initial opioid prescription: Mathematical modeling using a databased of commercially-insured individuals. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 138, 202-208.
Flentje, A., Heck, N. C., & Cochran, B. N. (2014). Experiences of ex-ex-gay individuals in sexual reorientation therapy: Reasons for seeking treatment, perceived helpfulness and harmfulness of treatment, and post-treatment identification. Journal of Homosexuality, 61, 1242-1268.
Heck, N.C., Lindquist, L., Machek, G.R., & Cochran, B.N. (2014). School belonging, school victimization, and the mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) young adults: Implications for school psychologists. School Psychology Forum, 8, 28-37.
Heck, N. C., Livingston, N., Flentje, A., Oost, K., Stewart, B. & Cochran, B. N. (2014). Reducing risk for illicit drug use and prescription drug misuse: High school gay-straight alliances and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. Addictive Behaviors, 39, 824-828.
Flentje, A., Heck, N. C., & Cochran, B. N. (2013). Sexual reorientation therapy interventions: Perspectives of ex-ex-gay individuals. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 17, 256-277.
Simpson, T. L., Balsam, K., Cochran, B. N., Lehavot, K., & Gold, S. (2013). Veterans healthcare administration utilization among sexual minority veterans. Psychological Services, 10, 223-232.
Cochran, B. N., Balsam, K., Flentje, A., Malte, C. A., & Simpson, T. (2013). Mental health characteristics of sexual minority veterans. Journal of Homosexuality, 60, 419-435.
Heck, N. C., Lindquist, L., Stewart, B., Brennan, C., & Cochran, B. N. (2013). To join or not to join: Gay-straight student alliances and the high school experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 25, 77-101.
Heck, N. C., Flentje, A., & Cochran, B. N. (2013). Intake interviewing with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender clients: Starting from a place of affirmation. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 43(1), 23-32..
Heck, N. C., Flentje, A., & Cochran, B. N. (2011). Offsetting risks: High school gay-straight alliances and sexual minority youth. School Psychology Quarterly, 26, 161-174.
Peavy, K. M., Cochran, B. N., & Wax, J. (2010). What they want: Motivation and treatment choice in non-treatment seeking substance abusers. Addictive Disorders and Their Treatment, 9, 150-157.
Cochran, B. N., Stewart, A. J., Kiklevich, A., Flentje, A., & Wong, C. (2009). The impact of extratherapeutic encounters: Individual reactions to both hypothetical and actual incidental contact with the therapist. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 40, 510-517.
Santa, A. F., & Cochran, B. N. (2008). Does the impact of anti-drinking and driving public service announcements differ based on message type and viewer characteristics? Journal of Drug Education, 38, 109-129.
Cochran, B.N., Pruitt, L., Fukuda, S., Zoellner, L.A., & Feeny, N.C. (2008). Reasons underlying treatment preference: An exploratory study. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 23, 276-291.
Cochran, B.N., Peavy, K.M., & Santa, A.F.. (2007). Differentiating LGBT individuals in substance abuse treatment: Analyses based on sexuality and drug preference. Journal of LGBT Health Research, 3, 63-75.
Cochran, B.N., Peavy, K.M., & Robohm, J.S. (2007). Do specialized services exist for LGBT individuals seeking treatment for substance misuse? A study of available treatment programs. Substance Use & Misuse, 42, 161-176.
Cochran, B.N., Peavy, K.M., & Cauce, A.M. (2007). Substance abuse treatment providers’ explicit and implicit attitudes regarding sexual minorities. Journal of Homosexuality, 53, 181-207.
Cochran, B.N., & Cauce, A.M. (2006). Characteristics of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals entering substance abuse treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 30, 135-146.
Stewart, A.J., Steiman, M., Cauce, A.M., Cochran, B.N., Whitbeck, L, & Hoyt, D. (2004). Victimization and posttraumatic stress disorder among homeless adolescents. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 43, 325-331.
Ginzler, J.A., Cochran, B.N., & Domenech-Rodriguez, M., Cauce, A.M., & Whitbeck, L.B. (2003). Sequential progression of substance use among homeless youth: An empirical investigation of the gateway theory. Substance Use & Misuse, 38, 725-758.
Zoellner, L.A., Feeny, N.C., Cochran, B.N., & Pruitt, L. (2003). Treatment choice for PTSD. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 41, 879-886.
Cochran, B.N., Stewart, A., Ginzler, J.A., & Cauce, A.M. (2002). Challenges faced by homeless sexual minorities: Comparison of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered homeless adolescents with their heterosexual counterparts. American Journal of Public Health, 92, 773-777.
Cauce, A.M., Domenech-Rodriguez, M., Paradise, M., Shea, M., Cochran, B.N., Srebnik, D., & Baydar, N. (2002). Cultural and contextual influences in mental health help seeking: A focus on ethnic minority youth. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 70, 44-55.
Linehan, M.M., Cochran, B.N., Mar, C.M., Levensky, E.R., & Comtois, K.A. (2000). Therapeutic burnout among borderline personality disordered clients and their therapists: Development and evaluation of two adaptations of the Maslach Burnout Inventory. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 7, 329-337.
Current Editorial Board Member:
Journal of LGBT Youth
Peer Reviewer (regular or recent reviewer of manuscripts for the following journals):
Addiction, American Journal of Public Health, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Journal of Clinical Psychology, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of LGBT Health Research, Journal of LGBT Youth, Psychological Bulletin, Psychology and Aging, Sex Roles, Traumatology
Area of Expertise
LGBT Issues; Clinical Psychology; Substance Misuse
Licensed Psychologist (MT #970)
American Psychological Association
Montana Psychological Association
American Public Health Association
The Rockway Institute
The Trevor Project, Mental Health Advisory Board Member