Dr. Cara Cochran

Professor of Psychology

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336.714.7934
Office: Off Campus
cochranc@piedmontu.edu

 

Ph.D. in Psychology and Counseling, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (2005)
Th.M., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (2002)
M.Div. in General Studies, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (2001)
M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling,New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (2001)
M.M. in Vocal Performance, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (1987)
B.A. in Music Education,Southern Wesleyan University (1986)
B.S. in Church Music, Southern Wesleyan University (1986)
  

About
Cara Cochran grew up in the upstate of South Carolina in the small town of Six Mile. She is blessed to have grown up in a Christian home and came to know the Lord as Savior in the first grade. Attending a small Christian school nurtured her love for the Lord and allowed her to explore musical opportunities.

Attending Southern Wesleyan University, Cara knew that, as much as she loved music, she also loved teaching and organizing educational organizations. After graduating college, she pursued a master’s degree in music. Returning to her hometown, she began teaching private voice and serving as an adjunct voice professor while also teaching young mothers in a GED program. Through this experience, she felt a distinct call to work with people who are hurting emotionally and spiritually. After teaching for several years, she moved to New Orleans to attend seminary. In New Orleans, Dr. Cochran studied both psychology and theology and became prepared to serve others in the area of Christian counseling.

Moving to Chattanooga, TN in 2004, Dr. Cochran began her work at Richmont Graduate University where she served as Assistant Academic Dean, and taught courses in professional ethics and the integration of psychology and theology. In addition to serving in this capacity she also began a small private practice in counseling. In 2012 she became Associate Provost and Director of Institutional Effectiveness at Tennessee Temple University, while also serving as Chair of the Psychology Department. With the merger between Tennessee Temple and Piedmont, Dr. Cochran has remained with the university to oversee the psychology program of the university and work with the provost on special projects. Dr. Cochran is actively involved in her local church and often spends time in South Carolina visiting her family.


Courses Taught
Psychology Practicum
Abnormal Psychology
Theological Foundations of Christian Counseling
Psychology Seminar


Professional Credentials and Affiliations
TN Licensed Professional Counselor with Approved Supervisor Endorsement
TN Licensed Marital and Family Therapist
National Certified Counselor
Approved Clinical Supervisor, Center for Credentialing and Education
Clinical Fellow, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists
AAMFT Approved Supervisor
Christian Association of Psychological Studies

Professional Publications
Cochran, C., & Coyle, P.A., (2004), “Rewriting your family story,” in Interpersonal relationship skills for ministers. J.C.
Bozeman & A. Smith, eds. Pelican.
Cochran, C. (2005), Theological integration in counselor education: An analysis of knowledge and application of students of the Psychological Studies Institute, Dissertation, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Cochran, C. (2007), Why theology? The relevance of theological foundations to clinical practice, Edification: Society for Christian psychology, 2(9-12).
Cochran, C. (2011) [Review of the book, The triumph of God over evil: Theodicy for a world of suffering]. Edification: Society for Christian psychology, 5(73-76).

Ministry and Community Publications
Cochran, C. (2014, March 1-10), Open windows: A guide for personal devotions. Vol 78, Lifeway.
Cochran, C. (2015, October 20-31), Open windows: A guide for personal devotions. Vol 79, Lifeway.
Cochran, C. (2017, February 1-28), Open windows: A guide for personal devotions. Vol 81, Lifeway [in press].

Professional Presentations
Cochran, C. (2016, March 12). Ethical foundations of clinical supervision. Christian Association for Psychological Studies International Conference, Pasadena, California.
Cochran, C. (2015, April 9). Ethical foundations of clinical supervision. Christian Association for Psychological Studies, International Conference, Broomfield, Colorado.
Cochran, C. (2014, October 28). Institutional effectiveness in the context of community. Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, National Conference, Orlando, Florida.
Cochran, C. (2014, October 14). Professional ethics and social media. One hour continuing education presentation.
Richmont Graduate University, Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Cochran, C. (2014, June 13). Foundations of Supervision. Five hour continuing education presentation. Richmont
Graduate University, Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Cochran, C. (2011, April 2). Clinical supervision: Practical foundations for excellence [poster presentation]. Christian Association for Psychological Studies, National Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Coyle, P., Cochran, C., Roudkovski, M., (2010, September 25). What healthy families can teach marriage & family therapists. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, National Conference, Atlanta, GA.
Cochran, C., (2010, March 20). Before you supervise: Laying the practical foundations for excellence as a clinical supervisor. American Counseling Association National Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
Cochran, C. (2009, November 23). Supervision 101: Laying the practical foundations for excellence as a clinical supervisor. Tennessee Counseling Association State Conference, Chattanooga, TN.
Cochran, C. (2003, April 24), Cutting the red tape on the path to licensure, American Association for Christian Counselors, Chapter Meeting, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA.