Bio Dr. Cochran – July 2019

Lauren Valencia, Professor Tony Barker, and Dr. Michelle Cochran in London in July 2019 in front of a statue of Michael Faraday the scientist that discovered key electromagnetic principles which are used in TMS therapy.

Michelle R. M. Cochran MD, DFAPA currently works in private practice in Nashville & Brentwood in both NeuroScience & TMS Treatment Center clinics, and as the medical director in the Nashville Center for Hope & Healing. Dr Cochran has experience treating a variety of psychiatric conditions, using therapy, counseling, medicines, neuromodulation (TMS & ECT), and holistic options.

Dr. Cochran received her undergraduate degree from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and completed her medical training at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.  She received postgraduate medical education at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, where she completed a residency in Psychiatry. During this residency, she was Chief Resident. Additionally, she completed the Management Program for Physicians and Senior Healthcare Administrators at Vanderbilt University’s Owen School of Management.  A Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology her maintains her certification, Dr. Cochran is a member of the Tennessee Psychiatric Association, Tennessee Medical Association, Nashville Academy of Medicine, and Tennessee Women in Medicine. Since her residency years, she has been a member of the American Psychiatric Association, and in early 2011, she was inducted as a Fellow, and later, in 2018, a Distinguished Fellow in this organization.  Dr. Cochran has been on the Clinical Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University Medical Center since 1996 and has lectured to undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students as well as private practitioners.  For over 15 years, she has been active on numerous advisory boards professionally and personally.  Before retiring from inpatient psychiatric care and establishing her outpatient private practice, she was the medical director for many psychiatric units and programs in the Middle Tennessee area. Since 2011, Dr. Cochran has offered Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to her patients as an option for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder.  Dr. Cochran and her staff have trained extensively in the use of repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) including training at Berenson-Allen (Harvard), Duke, other advanced, and specific advanced device training. Dr. Cochran speaks nationally and internationally on the use of rTMS in a clinical setting and is an active member of the Clinical TMS Society.  Dr. Cochran has served on the annual committee for since 2012 and was a co-chair of the annual meeting in Toronto, Canada in 2013 with Dr. Paul Croarkin.  She served on the Executive Committee of the Board for the society as member at large, Vice President Elect, President, and Past President. She was the first Education Committee chair and has shared this position with Dr. Suzanne Kerns for the last few years.  As co-chairs and coordinators for the society’s PULSES conference hundreds of clinicians have been given clinical education in San Diego, California; London, UK; Brooklyn, NY; Vancouver, British Columbia; and San Francisco, California. The course recently held a second event in London, UK (July 2019) and Chicago, Illinois (May 2020), Nashville, TN (Sept 2020) and likely another in the coming year.

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