Joseph Rich Cohen

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Depression
  • Neglect

Research Description

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.


Ph.D., Rutgers University

Recent Publications

Cohen, J. R., Thakur, H., Burkhouse, K. L., & Gibb, B. E. (2019). A multimethod screening approach for pediatric depression onset: An incremental validity study. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 87(2), 184-197.

Cohen, J. R., Thomsen, K. N., Racioppi, A., Ballespi, S., Sheinbaum, T., Kwapil, T. R., & Barrantes-Vidal, N. (2019). Emerging Adulthood and Prospective Depression: A Simultaneous Test of Cumulative Risk Theories. Journal of youth and adolescence, 48(7), 1353-1364.

Cohen, J. R., So, F. K., Hankin, B. L., & Young, J. F. (2019). Translating Cognitive Vulnerability Theory Into Improved Adolescent Depression Screening: A Receiver Operating Characteristic Approach. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 48(4), 582-595.

Cohen, J. R., So, F. K., Young, J. F., Hankin, B. L., & Lee, B. A. (2019). Youth Depression Screening with Parent and Self-Reports: Assessing Current and Prospective Depression Risk. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 50(4), 647-660.

Menon, S. V., Thakur, H., Shorey, R. C., & Cohen, J. R. (Accepted/In press). Predicting Adolescent Substance Use in a Child Welfare Sample: A Multi-Indicator Algorithm. Assessment.

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