Chris Cochran, PhD

Christopher R. Cochran, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of Department of Health Care Administration and Policy, in the School of Community Health Sciences at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Dr. Cochran teaches health care policy and health care strategy courses. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles on access to care for underserved populations and safety net resources including management issues and patient safety and quality improvement public and private health care organizations. Recent research has also examined the importance of organizational culture in delivering patient care. His recent focus has been on substance abuse and mental health treatment in hospital emergency rooms with a focus on how medical data can determine risk of hospital admissions for acute care conditions due to underlying mental health conditions. His earlier research related to management relationships in community health centers in the U.S., and relationship marketing for health care services. Other research has focused on using information technology to improve bio-surveillance of infectious outbreaks in high volume resort communities. He is a current member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Nevada HIMMS and Nevada ACHE. Dr. Cochran worked in the field of substance abuse and mental health services and was the executive director of a large public substance abuse treatment program from 1987-1992.