I am an Assistant Professor joint between Math and Population Health Sciences departments at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a current NIMH K01 awardee. My main interest is Computational Psychiatry, an emerging field that aims to place subjective beliefs and behavior within a mathematical framework. Currently, I propose and verify computational phenotypes of mood and anxiety disorders. My professional goal is to demonstrate that these phenotypes more closely reflect underlying pathological processes, thereby strengthening subsequent inferences from clinical and biological studies. As an applied mathematician working in Psychiatry, team science is a central aspect of my research. I'm part of the Women's Mental Health Program at UW-Madison and am fortunate to have fantastic clinical collaborators.

I'm currently seeking students at all levels (undergraduate and graduate). Please send me a CV if interested.

Amy Louise Cochran

cochran4 at wisc dot edu

curriculum vitae


(see Google scholar for full list)


Letkiewicz, AM, Cochran AL, Cisler, JM. Severe Sexual Abuse Reduces Frontoparietal Network Activity during Model-Based Reinforcement Learning Updates. PsyArXiv. Available at PsyArXiv.

Van Til K, McInnis MG, Cochran AL (to appear). A Comparative Study of Engagement in Mobile and Wearable Health Monitoring for Bipolar Disorder. Bipolar Disorders.

Cochran AL, Cisler JM (2019). A flexible and generalizable model of online latent-state learning. PLoS Computational Biology. 15 (9), e1007331. Also available at bioarxiv.

Cochran AL, Rathouz PJ, Kocher K, Zayas-Cabán G (2019). A latent variable approach to potential outcomes for emergency department admission decisions. Statistics in Medicine.

Cochran AL, Forger DB, Zollner S, McInnis MG. Gene-set enrichment with mathematical biology. bioRxiv. Available at bioRxiv.


Anghel, C, Archer, K, Chang J-M, Cochran, AL, Radulescu, A, Salafia, CM, Turner, R, Yacoubou Djima, K, Zhong L (alphabetical order) (2018). Placental vessel extraction with shearlets, Laplacian eigenmaps, and a conditional generative adversarial network. In: Understanding Complex Biological Systems with Mathematics. Springer.

Anghel, C, Archer, K, Chang J-M, Cochran, AL, Radulescu, A, Salafia, CM, Turner, R, Yacoubou Djima, K, Zhong L (alphabetical order) (2018). Simulations of the vascular network growth process for studying placenta structure and function associated with autism. In: Understanding Complex Biological Systems with Mathematics. Springer.

Cochran, AL, Belman-Wells, L, McInnis, M (2018) Engagement Strategies for Self-Monitoring Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder with Mobile and Wearable Technology: Protocol for a Randomized Control Trial. JMIR Research Protocols. 7(5):e130.

Cochran, AL, Tarini, B, Klein, M, and Zayas-Caban, G (2018). Newborn Screening Collection and Delivery Processes in Michigan Birthing Hospitals: Strategies to Improve Timeliness. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 1-8.

Kalmbach, DA, Fang, Y, Arnedt, JT, Cochran, AL, Deldin, PJ, Kaplin, AI and Sen, S (2018). Effects of Sleep, Physical Activity, and Shift Work on Daily Mood: a Prospective Mobile Monitoring Study of Medical Interns. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 1-7.

Cochran AL, Schultz A, McInnis MG, Forger DB (2018). Testing frameworks for personalizing bipolar disorder. Translational Psychiatry. 8.


Cochran AL, Schultz A, McInnis MG, Forger DB (2017). A comparison of mathematical models of mood in bipolar disorder. In: Érdi P, Sen Bhattacharya B, Cochran A (eds) Computational Neurology and Psychiatry. Springer Series in Bio-/Neuroinformatics, vol 6. Springer.

Érdi P, Bhattacharya B, Cochran, A (Eds.) (2017). Computational neurology and psychiatry. Springer Series in Bio-/Neuroinformatics, vol 6. Springer.


Cochran AL, McInnis MG, Forger DB (2016). Data-driven classification of bipolar I from longitudinal course of mood. Translational Psychiatry. 6(10), e912.

Walch O, Cochran AL, Forger DB (2016). A global quantification of "normal" sleep schedules using smart-phone data. Science Advances. 2(5), e1501705.

Chavis, J, Cochran, AL, Kocher, K, Washington, V, and Zayas-Cabán, G (2016). A simulation model of patient flow through the emergency department to determine the impact of a short stay unit on hospital congestion. Proceedings of the 2016 Winter Simulation Conference, 1982-1993 .


Cochran, AL, Gao, Y (2015). A model and simulation of uterine contractions. Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids. 20, pp. 540-564.


Leineweber, M, Westborn, J, Cochran, AL, Choi, J, Gao, Y (2014). Averaging improves strain images of the biceps-brachii using quasi-static ultrasound elastography. British Journal of Radiology. 87, 20130624.

Cochran, AL, Gao, Y (2014). A numerical method to detect soft tissue injuries from estimated displacements. Inverse Problems in Science and Engineering. 23, pp 115-177.


Cochran, AL, Gao, Y (2013). An ultrasound elastography method for examining the anterior cruciate ligament. Natural Science. 5, pp 23-31.