Michelle Cohen PhD

Michelle Cohen PhD

Michelle E. Cohen PhD

Associate Dean, Samson College of Health Sciences

Interim Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy

Professor of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy


BA (Arcadia University)

MEd (Temple University)

PhD (Temple University)

Research Interests

Client Centered Therapies, Functional Outcomes of Spinal Cord Injury, and Measurement of Rehabilitation Outcomes.


Occupational Roles

Wife, Mother, Daughter, Caregiver, Educator, Researcher, Reader, Gourmand and Appreciator of Nature

Occupational History

Mickey is an Experimental Psychologist who has made her career doing and teaching applied research. She spent 13 years at Thomas Jefferson University, eight of which were as the Research Coordinator in the Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of Delaware Valley and as an Associate Professor in the Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy departments. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Jefferson Medical College.

Mickey received a BA in Psychology from Arcadia University (Beaver College), her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Temple University and did post-doctoral training in Experimental Psychology at Bryn Mawr College. Mickey has over 30 peer reviewed publications and more than 40 presentations at national conferences.

Mickey is so passionate about research that she met her husband Don in the Physiology Lab at Bryn Mawr College. One of their major projects is their son, Aaron. When she is not doing research or teaching, you can find her with her family wandering the paths of Valley Forge Park (either on foot or on her bike), in the kitchen cooking, or eating at an ethnic restaurant. Mickey also enjoys entertaining for friends and spending time at the beach or mountains.

Selected Scholarly Activity

Recent Presentations

Miller, P. & Cohen, M. E. (2004). Determining Risk Factors That Are Predictive of Falls in a PACE Program. National PACE Association. Miami, FL.

Cohen, M. E., Schemm, R. L. & Kern, S. (2003). How Client-Centered Occupational Therapy Improves Quality of Life for Persons with Spinal Cord Injury. American Occupational Therapy Association, Washington, D.C.

Schemm, R. L. & Cohen, M. E. (2003). Analyzing the Occupations and Methods Used by Home-Visiting Therapist: Comparing Perceptions. American Occupational Therapy Association, Washington, D. C.

Recent Publications

Cohen, M.E., Hinojosa, J., & Kramer, P. (2005). Administration of Evaluation and Assessments. In J. Hinojosa, P. Kramer & P. Crist (Eds.) Evaluation: Obtaining and Interpreting Data. (2nd edition), Bethesda, MD: AOTA Publications

Cohen, M. & Kearney, P. (2005). Use of Evaluation Data to Support Evidence-Based Practice. In J. Hinojosa, P. Kramer & P. Crist (Eds.) Evaluation: Obtaining and Interpreting Data (2nd edition), Bethesda, MD: AOTA Publications

Journal Reviewer

Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
The Journal of Allied Health

Grant Reviewer

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
Field Initiated Research on Health and Function

Contact Information

Office location: 4500 Woodland Ave
Mailing address: Box 8
Office Phone: 215.596.8540

m [dot] cohen [at] usciences [dot] edu