Professional Background

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, and
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 Psychiatrists (AACP). 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.


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