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Elizabeth Cohn PhD, RN

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Nursing
Elizabeth Cohn, PhD, RN

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. View a sample of the latest work on Hip Hop.

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

    Education & Training

  • BS, MS, SUNY StonyBrook
  • PhD, Columbia University
  • RN, Nassau Community College

Contact Info

Committees/Societies/Memberships

  • 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

Honors & Awards

  • 2010  Dean's Distinguished Teacher Award, Columbia University
  • 2008  University Award for Outstanding Teaching, Adelphi University

Research Interests

  • Health equity and the social determinants of health in urban populations
  • The representation of minorities and women in clinical and behavioral research

NIH Grants

  • CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE AWARD (Federal Gov)

    Jul 1 2016 - May 31 2021

    ENGAGING STAKEHOLDERS IN BUILDING PATIENT-CENTERED N-OF-1 RANDOMIZED AND OTHER CONTROLLED TRIAL METHODS (Private)

    Dec 1 2014 - Jun 30 2018

    CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON ETHICAL, LEGAL AND SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF PSYCHIATRIC, NEUROLOGIC AND BEHAVIORAL GENETICS (Federal Gov)

    May 3 2013 - May 31 2018

    ENGAGING STAKEHOLDERS IN BUILDING PATIENT-CENTERED N-OF-1 RANDOMIZED AND OTHER CONTROLLED TRIAL METHODS (Private)

    Dec 1 2014 - Nov 30 2017

    A PUBLIC HEALTH WORKPLACE EXPERIENCE TO INCREASE MINORITY STUDENT INTEREST IN PUBLIC HEALTH (Federal Gov)

    Sep 15 2011 - Sep 14 2016

    CENTER FOR STROKE DISAPARITIES SOLUTION, PROJECT III (Federal Gov)

    Sep 30 2012 - Aug 31 2016

    EXAMINING MINORITY REPRESENTATION IN GENOMIC RESEARCH (Private)

    Sep 1 2012 - Aug 31 2015

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.

For a complete list of publications, please visit PubMed.gov