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Release: June 25, 2001

Sam Cochran to head UI counseling service

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Sam V. Cochran has been named director of the University of Iowa Counseling Service (UCS) and clinical professor in the division of psychological and quantitative methods in the College of Education effective July 1.

Cochran, adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry, has been with the counseling service since 1982, when he was an intern in the unit. In 1983, he became senior staff psychologist and in 1985 became director of clinical services. He has served as assistant director of UCS since 1993. He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Chicago, M.Ed. degree in rehabilitation counseling and a Ph.D. degree in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Cochran succeeds Gerald Stone, who retires on June 30. Stone has served as director of UCS since 1985 and has been a professor in the division of psychological and quantitative methods in the College of Education since 1979.

UCS is the primary mental health agency for students on The University of Iowa campus, with a professional staff of 12 Ph.D.-level psychologists, and three psychology interns and provides short-term individual, group, and couples counseling to students. The unit also provides consultation, psychoeducational programs and training.

Phillip E. Jones, UI vice president for student services and dean of students said, "We are pleased that Dr. Cochran will assume the directorship of the University Counseling Service. He has been a vital part of the UCS for considerable time and will continue the level of excellence for which the UCS is nationally known."