Deborah Cohen, Ph.D. is a Research Assistant Professor at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work and has more than ten years of experience working in the field of community mental health, with a specific concentration on young adults. She is affiliated with the Steve Hicks School of Social Work’s Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health and Dell Medical School’s Center for Youth Mental Health where she works on a number projects related to community mental health services and policy. Previously, Cohen supervised all aspects of agency research, evaluation and quality improvement within a mid-sized mental health center, as well as its participation in a well-publicized National Institute of Mental Health’s Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) project.
Her work aims to improve community mental health systems through applying innovation and utilizing technology to improve access, engagement, and treatment outcomes for individuals with serious mental health conditions. She is specifically focused on the transition to adulthood and developing a new age of effective structures and interventions that retool the current community mental health structure and reform disability policy.
Her current projects focus on collaborations with community mental health centers and state-level policymakers to guide the development and implementation of evidence-informed treatment models to assist in the transition from child to adult mental health services and to provide proactive services for early serious mental illness.
Cohen received her Ph.D. in social work from the University of Kentucky and her master's in social work from the University of Michigan.