Teresa Cochran, PT, DPT, MA, GCS, FNAP
Associate Professor and Assistant Dean at the HSEC
AIHC Student Engagement Committee Member
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Academic Appointments:
Assistant Dean, Health Science Education Complex, Kearney: 2018-present
Associate Professor, Division of Physical Therapy Education, UNMC: 2017-present
Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Physical Therapy, Creighton University: 2008-2013
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Creighton University: 1998-2008

DPT: Creighton University, 1996
MA: Psychology/ Developmental Psychobiology, University of Nebraska Graduate College, 1994
BA: Psychology, University of Nebraska-Omaha, 1989
Diplomate, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties- Geriatrics (2001-present)

Primary Teaching Responsibilities:
PHYT 720: Differential Diagnosis I (Course Coordinator)
PHYT 740: Critical Inquiry II (Course Coordinator)
PHYT 630: Prevention and Wellness (Lab instructor)
PHYT 616: Neuromuscular Physical Therapy II (Lab instructor)
PHYT 617: Neuromuscular Physical Therapy III (Lab instructor)

Scholarly Activity:
Interprofessional Education and Practice; Development of Clinical Reasoning in Physical Therapists; Minimizing Practice Errors in Rehabilitation

Publications: (last 5 years)
Furze JA, Black LL, Hoffman JA, Barr JB, Cochran TM, Jensen GM. Exploration of students’ clinical reasoning development in entry-level physical therapy education. J Phys Ther Educ. 2015; 29(3):22-32.

Furze JA, Gale JR, Black LL, Cochran TM, Jensen GM. Clinical reasoning: Development of a grading rubric for student assessment. J Phys Ther Educ. 2015; 29(3):34-45.

Jones KJ, Cochran TM, Jensen LE, Roehrs TG, Volkman KG, Goldman AJ. A cross-sectional assessment of stroke rehabilitation in Nebraska hospitals. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2012; 93:1662-1670.

Mu K, Lohman H, Scheirton L, Cochran TM, Coppard BM, Kokesh S. Improving Client Safety: Strategies to Prevent and Reduce Practice Errors in Occupational Therapy. Am J Occup Ther. Nov/Dec, 2011; 65(6):69-76.

Cochran TM, Coppard BM, Jensen GM. Strategies for planning and implementing interprofessional education. In: Jensen GM, Mostrom E (Eds.) Handbook of Teaching for Physical Therapists (3rd Ed). St. Louis, MO, Elsevier, Inc., 2013.

Gale JR, Cochran TM, Jensen GM. Applied behavioral theory and adherence: models for practice. In: Jensen GM, Mostrom E (Eds.) Handbook of Teaching for Physical Therapists (3rd Ed). St. Louis, MO, Elsevier, Inc., 2013.
Doll JD, Ohri L, Cochran TM, Goulet, C, Ryan Haddad AM, Stabler W. Against the Current: Strategies for Addressing Public Health Concerns in a Native American Community through Partnership. In: Building Community Capacity: Minority and Immigrant Populations. Caron RM, Merrick J (eds). New York: Nova Science; 2012. Chapter 6. Also published in Public Health Yearbook 2012 and in International Public Health Journal: 2012; 4(3).

Goulet C, Doll JD, Cochran TM, Jensen GM, Royeen CB.  Interprofessional scholarship, service and education – A sustainable model for scholarship of engagement. In: Participatory Partnerships for Social Action Research. Harter LM, Hamel-Lambert J, Millesen J. (eds). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2010. (Received Distinguished Edited Book Award from the National Communications Association, 10/2012).


  • American Physical Therapy Association – member (1993-present) - Section membership: Health Policy/ Administration, Education, Geriatrics, Neurology
  • Nebraska Physical Therapy Association – member (1998-present)
    State Legislative Committee (2009-present)
    Federal Affairs Liaison (2009-2012)
    President (2006-2009)
    Vice President (2003-2006)
    Secretary (2000-2003)
  • Nebraska Stroke Advisory Council, Cardiovascular Health Program, Nebraska Health & Human Services System – Steering Committee (2006-2012); Rehabilitation Task Force (2010-present)

Clinical Experience:
Outpatient orthopedics and vestibular rehabilitation; Geriatrics - specializing in balance and fall prevention across skilled nursing, home health and outpatient environments; hospice care

Honors and Awards (last 5 years):

  • Distinguished Fellow, National Academies of Practice (2016)
  • Stanford Award - American Physical Therapy Association, Section on Education (2015)
  • Driscoll Ignatian Teaching Award – Creighton University Pharmacy and Health Professions Student Government Outstanding Teacher of the Year (2013)
  • ME Sacksteder Award – Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of the Profession, Nebraska Physical Therapy Association (2012)