Speaker Series: Robert Cochran, PhD.
January 13, 2022 - 7:00 PM EST
Join us for an interesting discussion about Dr. Cochrane's research on the benefits of improvisation.
- How does improvisation affect the quality of life for those with PD?
- Learn how improvisation can increase socialization, decrease depression, and reshape thought processes of those affected by PD.
- Improvisation is innate, discover how you can build on this exercise.
About Robert Cochrane
Dr. Robert Cochrane is a recent graduate from UNLV's Integrated Health Sciences department, where he studied the effect of improvisation and storytelling on Parkinson’s disease. He has launched a 501(c)3 non-profit, Yes, And…eXercise to run two programs he developed during his PhD program with support from the Parkinson's Foundation and the Davis Phinney Foundation. Robert has led and served as a Keynote at numerous workshops and Parkinson's-themed conferences, both online and in person.
Dr. Cochrane has a background in film making, including attending UCLA's graduate screenwriting program. His narrative film work includes the Artisan Entertainment release, The Playaz Court, and two Stephen King-based short films. His father, Dan, was diagnosed with PD in 2001, which shifted Robert’s artistic lens to health. He made his first documentary, the award-winning Boys of Summer, following his and his father’s two-month, 20,000-mile road trip to see a game at each of the 30 Major League Baseball parks. There are two follow-up films in the Boys of Summer series with a plan for a fourth film to be released in 2023.
He lives in Walnut Creek, CA with his beautiful wife, two crazy kids, and an old, cranky Cockapoo.