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Barbara Cochrane PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA

Director of the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging
Associate Member in the Public Health Sciences Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

I have a BA in Psychology from the University of Oregon and a BSN from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. My MN in Physiological Nursing; and PhD in Nursing Science are from the University of Washington. My clinical background is in coronary care and cardiac rehabilitation. My research and professional commitments focus primarily on older women’s health and healthy aging, specifically positive aspects of aging, symptoms in older women, breast cancer prevention and survivorship, and cardiovascular health. For over 20 years, she has been a researcher with the Clinical Coordinating Center for the Women’s Health Initiative, a landmark, national study of the major causes of morbidity and mortality in more than 160,000 postmenopausal women, which included clinical trials of hormone therapy, calcium-vitamin D supplementation, and dietary modification.  She has presented and consulted nationally and internationally on midlife and older women’s health, health promotion, and community care transitions for older persons.



  • B.A. Psychology, University of Oregon
  • B.S.N., University of Alaska, Anchorage
  • M.N., Physiological Nursing, University of Washington
  • PhD., Nursing Science, University of Washington

Awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN)
  • Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America

What classes do you teach?

Scholarly Inquiry in Evidence-Based Practice (NMETH 535)
Physiological Aspects of Aging (NSG 516)
Geriatric Health Promotion (NURS 499/599)
Biological Aspects of Aging (UCONJ 440 in PCE’s Certificate Program in Gerontology)

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

The School of Nursing has fostered excellence in research and clinical practice as well as strong, visionary leadership. I love that shared commitment among students, faculty, and staff. We are driven to support and enhance the health of individuals within their families and communities and value innovation, equity, and diversity. Our work is enhanced by our strong collaborative relationships and exchange of knowledge within the school, across campus, with affiliated institutions, among our community partners, and with colleagues across the nation and around the globe.


Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing

Research Areas

  • Innovative Interventions
  • Symptom Science
  • Lifespan Health

Research Centers

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Main: 206-685-0836

University of Washington School of Nursing
Dept Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing
Box 357262
1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195-7262

Office: T 416E