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 2008 2019

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


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., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Psychiatry Research. 112684.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
Parasympathetic Nervous System
Sympathetic Nervous System
Wounds and Injuries
African Americans

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Child Welfare
Evidence-Based Medicine
Social Problems
Mental Health

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Self Disclosure
young adult
Hospital Emergency Service
Young Adult