Bethany Cockburn

Management & Organizations
College of Business, UI

Bethany Cockburn is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Management and Organizations department in the Henry B. Tippie College of Business. She is in her first year at the University of Iowa and is a Presidential Graduate Research fellow.  Prior to the University of Iowa, Bethany earned her bachelor’s in Psychology and English at Indiana University-Bloomington, a master’s in community/clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina - Charlotte, and a master’s of nonprofit administration from the University of Notre Dame. Bethany’s current research interests include the factors that create and support rich and meaningful work lives. A current research project Bethany is involved in is a project that examines of the role that restorative practices play in the work-family balance. Many of Bethany’s community-based research skills were learned during the master’s in community/clinical psychology, a degree that focused on participatory, strengths-based, culturally sensitive, and methodologically-rigorous research.  For over 10 years, Bethany has consulted on and volunteered for a variety of community-based research projects including a study of food deserts in low-income locations and an assessment of the strengths and needs of highly-stressed, but resilient children. Bethany is motivated by a belief in the importance of using research to directly improve people’s lives.