Joseph Rich Cohen, Assistant Professor


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Research Interests

  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Depression
  • Neglect

Professional Information

My research focuses on how and why certain children and adolescents go on to develop internalizing symptoms. Specifically, I examine the prospective interplay between cognitive, interpersonal, and physiological vulnerability factors and the onset and maintenance of depression in both domestic and international youth samples. In recent years, I have become increasingly interested in translating these basic developmental psychopathology findings into screening procedures that can better identify youth living in adverse family contexts, and thus, at elevated risk for psychological distress. Over the next several years, I look forward to taking an applied developmental psychopathology approach to research in which more objective psychosocial screening procedures are developed on the bases of novel, longitudinal, laboratory studies with at-risk youth.


Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Rutgers University

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Research Output

Cardiac autonomic functioning and post-traumatic stress: A preliminary study in youth at-risk for PTSD

Cohen, J. R., Thomsen, K. N., Tu, K. M., Thakur, H., McNeil, S. & Menon, S. V., Feb 2020, In : Psychiatry Research. 284, 112684.

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  • A multimethod screening approach for pediatric depression onset: An incremental validity study

    Cohen, J. R., Thakur, H., Burkhouse, K. L. & Gibb, B. E., Feb 1 2019, In : Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 87, 2, p. 184-197 14 p.

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  • Depression screening in youth: Multi-informant algorithms for the child welfare setting

    Thakur, H. & Cohen, J. R., Aug 2019, In : Psychological assessment. 31, 8, p. 1028-1039 12 p.

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  • Emerging Adulthood and Prospective Depression: A Simultaneous Test of Cumulative Risk Theories

    Cohen, J. R., Thomsen, K. N., Racioppi, A., Ballespi, S., Sheinbaum, T., Kwapil, T. R. & Barrantes-Vidal, N., Jul 1 2019, In : Journal of youth and adolescence. 48, 7, p. 1353-1364 12 p.

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  • Offspring self-disclosure predicts substance-related outcomes in an emergency department sample of young adults with traumatic injury

    Bountress, K. E., Cohen, J. R., Ruggiero, K., Davidson, T., Calhoun, C. D., Nelson, F., Fields, C., Danielson, C. K., Russell, W. S. & Gilmore, A. K., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Substance Use.

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