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Education and Training
PhD Columbia University
BS/MS State University of New York at Stony Brook
RN Nassau Community College

Elizabeth Cohn, RN, PhD
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Research/Clinical Interests
*Health equity and the social determinants of health in urban populations.
*The representation of minorities and women in clinical and behavioral research.

Dr. Cohn is a 2012 Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholar in Health and Health Disparities Research. Her current work focuses on engaging community stakeholders, the reduction of health disparities by increasing underrepresented minorities in research; as health providers, as researchers, and as participants in clinical trials. Her Robert Wood Johnson-funded study investigates the representation in genomic biobanks nationwide, and then uses focus groups to better understand how to recruit those currently underrepresented. The results will be used to develop tools and strategies for equity in biobank enrollment.

She is a co-investigator on a five-year pipeline grant from the CDC to promote diversity in student enrollment across the four schools on the Medical Center campus: Nursing, Dentistry, Medicine and Public Health.

Additionally she is a Primary Investigator along with Mrs. Patricia Butts of Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem on novel communication and motivational strategies to reduce cardiovascular disparities in women of color funded by the Department of Health and Human Services. In 2012, Mrs. Butts and Dr. Cohn were recognized in Washington at the 2012 Health Promotion Summit sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services.

She also serves as the Associate Director of Research for the Hip Hop Public Education Center. The mission of the Center is to reduce healthcare disparities through context-relevant, cost-effective, intergenerational educational interventions focused on disease prevention and health promotion. A sample of the latest work on Hip Hop can be seen at:

Dr. Cohn's work has been featured in The Atlantic, The New York Times and on NPR's All Things Considered.

Selected Publications
Gross Cohn, E., Williams, O., Sawyer,V., Araujo, C., Larson, E. L. Calorie postings in chain restaurants in a low-income urban neighborhood: measuring practical utility and policy compliance. Journal of Urban Health, August 2012, Volume 89, Issue 4, pp 587-597 http://hdl.handle.net/10022/AC:P:12818
Cohn, E.G. and Larson, E.L. (2011). The Development and testing of an observational tool to measure the quality and process of informed consent for clinical research. Oncology Nursing Forum. Jul;38(4):417-22.
Larson, E.L., Cohn, E.G., Meyer, D.D., & Boden-Albala, B. (2009). Consent administrator training to reduce disparities in research participation. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 41(1), 95-103.
Cohn, E.G. (2007). Including marginalized populations in HIV clinical trials: a new role for nurse-researchers. Policy, Politics and Nursing Practice, 9(4), 271-275.
Cohn, E. & Larson, E.L. (2007). Improving participant comprehension in the informed consent process. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. 39(3), 273-280.
Honors & Awards
2010 Dean's Distinguished Teacher Award, Columbia University
2008 University Award for Outstanding Teaching, Adelphi University.

2009-Present Columbia University Committee on Diversity
2009-Present Chair, School of Nursing Diversity Taskforce
2009-Present Columbia University/NYP Institutional Review Board (IRB)
2009-Present Entry to Practice
2009-Present Curriculum Committee

Professional Memberships
2010 New York Academy of Sciences
2009 Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science
2009 Elected Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine

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