Ph.D. in Social Psychology
NSF Graduate Fellowship
B.A. in Psychology
Summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
She has spearheaded a multiyear collaboration with the Fortune Society, a community-based organization that provides services to justice involved individuals. They hope to present their collaborative work at the 2014 International Society for Justice Research conference in NYC, an event co-sponsored by the MD-ICCCR.
Dr. Cohen’s current research interests include: strategies for preventing destructive conflict using a Participatory Action Research (PAR) paradigm with formerly incarcerated men and women; participatory case studies of conflict resolution systems in collaborative environments; the use of narrative to create qualitative models of conflict engagement and the impact of reflective practices on mediator efficacy.
Dr. Cohen teaches Managing Conflict in Organizations. The course promotes a scholar-practitioner model. Foundational theories in cooperation and conflict resolution provide a scaffold for the experiential learning and reflective practice. Students are supported in making the connection between their classroom learnings and their past and future professional experiences.
Dr. Cohen served as an employee ombudsman at a Fortune 50 corporation. She has worked as an internal and external consultant offering organization change support, executive coaching, conflict management and leadership development to both corporate and not-for-profit clients. Dr. Cohen has mediated for the municipal and civil court systems in NJ and the Philadelphia-area EEOC since 2005. She specializes in employment cases.
Dr. Cohen was previously on faculty at Rutgers University and at Stevens Institute of Technology, teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology, conflict resolution, emotional intelligence, leadership and organizational change.
Her most recent publications include a chapter in the upcoming 3rd edition of the Handbook of Conflict Resolution (Deutsch, Coleman & Marcus) on the PAR work on preventing destructive conflict with formerly incarcerated individuals (with Neshkes, Pryce-Screen, Hernandez, Linder and Doherty-Baker) and an article on mediator style and self and other perception perceptions of efficacy in the Conflict Resolution Quarterly (with Kressel, Butts and Reich), also summarized in Negotiation Journal.
professional organization membership
Cohen, C.E. Participant; Psychology without Borders: Providing Hope and Healing in the Face of Adversity, In Invited Panel; Teachers College, April 13, 2013.
Cohen, C.E. Looking for “Truth” in all the Wrong Places: Why the Academy Needs Practice to Create Knowledge with Relevance and Impact. POV Conference on Practice in the Academy, The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University. April 20, 2012
Cohen, C.E. & Denny, J. (Session Convenors) Sharing ‘Trade Secrets’: Tips and Techniques from Cross-Section Colleagues. Association for Conflict Resolution, 10th Annual Conference.
Chicago, IL September 3, 2010
Cohen, C.E. (Session Convenor) With D. Della Noce, K. Kressel and J. Wall. Mediator Stylistic Behavior, Competence and the Outcomes of Mediation: Turn Up the Light, Turn Down the Heat. International Association for Conflict Management, 23rd Annual Meeting. Boston, MA. June 26, 2010.
ORLJ 5148: Managing conflicts in organizations
Designed to address conflicts in the context of organizations from both theoretical and practical points of view. Review of the latest research findings about what causes conflict in organizations, how the issues are framed, how the conflicts are managed, and how conflict impacts the parties involved and the organization as a whole. Theories are applied in different types of activities such as analyzing case studies, participating in simulations, and designing conflict management systems. Students also engage in skill building activities, such as role plays, to better learn how to prevent conflicts from occurring and to intervene in conflicts that have developed.
Documents & Papers
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Centers and Projects