Dr Cohen trained at UCSF Medical School and
completed an internship in internal medicine at UCSF. Between 1993-97, she worked as an NIMH researcher working jointly with UC Berkeley, UCSF, the San Francisco Department of Mental Health, and the San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) Department of Psychiatry. She studied national mental health outcomes research design and findings and received grants to conduct research that analyzed outcomes (recurrent hospitalization) for all clients who had used psychiatric inpatient services (4000 individuals)
at SFGH between 1991 and 1996.
Between 1997-2000, she
completed a psychiatric residency at the University of Maryland at Baltimore (UMD),
where she subsequently worked as a psychiatric attending in their adult and child
community mental health clinics and their faculty practice. Upon returning to
San Francisco, she worked as a staff psychiatrist at the Mental Health Rehabilitation
Facility (MHRF) at San Francisco General Hospital and as team psychiatrist with the Kuchichagulia
(self-determination in Swahili) Community Focus Assertive Community Treatment
(PACT) Team in downtown San Francisco.
Between 1977-81, prior to entering medical school,
Dr. Cohen served as Executive Director of the Feminist Health Works (FHW) in
New York City, a women’s health center that provided clinical, education,
self-help programs for 2500 women, families, and organizations annually. In
addition to standard
family planning and gynecological care, the FHW provided education and training
in a variety of alternative and complementary treatment modalities including
gynecological self-help, acupuncture, herbal remedies, nutritional counseling,
and natural birth control. Among the Center’s many accomplishments, the
FHW published and distributed 40,000 copies of a ground-breaking booklet, "Herbal
Remedies for Women" and conducted the only FDA-approved cervical cap study in
New York City.
Dr. Cohen does not receive any funding
or gifts from pharmaceutical companies. She has periodically
accepted free samples of medications from drug representatives,
which she gives to her clients. She has accepted grants from
pharmaceutical companies for scientific and educational programming
for several non-profit organizations with whom she has worked.
Dr. Cohen also attends medical education programs
that are often funded by drug companies.
Dr. Cohen is a past chair of the
Mental Health Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA).
She is a member of the American Association of Community
Dr. Cohen has received numerous awards and scholarships for
her research and policy work in mental health and is co-founder
of a non-profit organization, Pacific Institute for Health
Innovation (PIHI). PIHI is dedicated to improving the quality
of life for people with mental disabilities through
the implementation of quality management strategies and service programs
that effectively promote and sustain recovery
from mental illness.
Dr. Janice Cohen's Resume