I am an Assistant Professor joint between Math and Population Health Sciences departments at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. I am building a cross-disciplinary research program in math and psychiatry. My goal is to demonstrate that mathematics can aid discovery in psychiatry by generating stronger, more reliable conclusions that link observations from genes to treatment. As an applied mathematician working in Psychiatry, team science is a central to what I do. I'm part of the Applied and Computational Math caucus and the Women's Mental Health Program at UW-Madison and am fortunate to have fantastic clinical collaborators.

For interested students, I hold monthly meetings with students and collaborators. I welcome and value diverse perspectives. Email me if you would like to attend.

Please help us out with our latest project called Seqer (Computational Modeling of the Sequential Decision-Maker) by downloading Seqer on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Amy Louise Cochran

cochran4 at wisc dot edu

curriculum vitae


(see Google scholar for full list)


Nieser, K, Cochran, AL (to appear). Addressing Heterogeneous Populations in Latent Variable Settings through Robust Estimation. Psychological Methods.

Sagaroc Gruichich, T, David Gomez, JC, Zayas-Cabán, G, McInnis, MG, Cochran, AL (to appear). A Digital Self-Report Survey of Mood for Bipolar Disorder. Bipolar Disorders.

Chavez, JT, Cochran, A, Earls, CJ (to appear). CU-MSDSp: A Flexible Parallelized Reversible Jump Markov Chain Monte Carlo Method. SoftwareX.

Letkiewicz, AM, Cochran AL, Cisler, JM (to appear). Severe Sexual Abuse Reduces Frontoparietal Network Activity during Model-Based Reinforcement Learning Updates. Journal of Psychiatric Research.

Cayenne, NA, Jacobsohn, GW, Jones CMC, DuGoff, E, Cochran, AL, Caprio, TV, Cushman, JT, Green, R, Kind, AJ, Lohmeier, ML, Ranran, M, Shah, MN (2021). Association between social isolation and outpatient follow-up in older adults following emergency department discharge. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics 93 (2021): 104298.


Dillard, LK, Cochran, A, Pinto, A, Fowler, CG, Fischer, ME, Tweed, TS, Cruickshanks, KJ (2020). Predicting Hearing Aid Use in Middle-Aged Adults. International Journal of Audiology. 1-9.

Cochran AL, Nieser, K, Forger DB, Zollner S, McInnis MG (2020). Gene-set enrichment with mathematical biology. GigaScience. 9(10).

Cochran, AL, Pingeton, BC, Goodman, SH, Laurent, H, Rathouz, P, Newport, DJ, Stowe ZN (2020). A transdiagnostic approach to conceptualizing depression across the perinatal period in a high-risk sample. Journal of Abnormal Psychology. 129 (7), 689.

Kroska, E, Hoel, S, Victory, A, Murphy, S, McInnis, M, Stowe, Z, Cochran, AL (2020). Optimizing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Microintervention via a Mobile App with Two Cohorts: Protocol for Micro-Randomized Trials. JMIR: Research Protocols. 9(9), e17086.

Victory, A, Letkiewicz, A, Cochran, AL (2020). Digital solutions to shape mood and behavior among individuals with mood disorders. Current Opinions in Systems Biology. 21, 25-31.

Alverez, S, Cochran, A, Patterson, B, Shah, M, Smith, M, Zayas-Cabán (2020). The average effect of ED admissions on readmissions and mortality for older adults with chest pain. Medical Care. 58(10), 881-888.

Nishimura, J, Cochran AL (2020). Rescorla-Wagner model with sparse dynamic attention. Bulletin in Math Biology. 82, 69.

Van Til K, McInnis MG, Cochran AL (2020). A Comparative Study of Engagement in Mobile and Wearable Health Monitoring for Bipolar Disorder. Bipolar Disorders. 22, 182-190.


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. 38: 3911--3935


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.