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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, PhD, RN
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 Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholar in Health and Health Disparities Research. Her current work focuses on three core principles of whole community—understanding and meeting the actual needs of the whole community, engaging and empowering all parts of the community, and strengthening what works well in communities on a daily basis—provide a foundation for creating a culture of health. Her Robert Wood Johnson-funded study investigates the intersection of genomics and the social determinants of health in underserved, urban and rural areas.

Her work in the community health was cited by the Surgeon General during the launch of the National Health Prevention Program in Washington, D.C. representing a decade of work with the Communities of Harlem Health Revival, and funded collaborative work with Abyssinian Baptist Church of Harlem. She has done extensive work with the Hip Hop Public Education Center at Harlem Hospital and Columbia University. A sample of the latest work on Hip Hop can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNzttOJQsnU&feature=related

She serves as the Associate Director of the Community-Engagement Core of the Irving Institute Clinical and Translational Science Award at New York Columbia University Medical Center-New York Presbyterian Hospital, and the Co-Director of the Patient-Centered Outcomes and Comparative Effectiveness Methodology Seminar and lecture series. She is also the Director of the Center for Health Innovation at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York.

Dr. Cohn is currently funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her work has been featured in The Atlantic, The New York Times and on NPR's All Things Considered.

Selected Publications
Kulage, K.M., Smaldone, A.M. Cohn, E.G. How will DSM-5 Affect Autism Diagnosis? A systematic literature review and meta-analysis. Journal of Autism Developmental Disorders. Feb. 2014 PMID: 24531932
Cohn, E.G., Larson, E., Hamilton, N., Williams, J.K. Increasing Participation in Genomic Research and Biobanking Through Community-Based Capacity Building. In press in the Journal of Genetic Counseling.
Dunn-Navarra, AM, Toussi, SS, Cohn, E.G., Neu, N., Larson, E.L Measuring media use in college students with and without human immunodeficiency virus infection. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. SO891-5245(13)00234-4.
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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