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Donna Cohen, PhD


Donna Cohen, PhD


(813) 974-4665




Donna Cohen is a Professor in the Department of Child & Family Studies at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, College of Behavioral & Community Sciences, University of South Florida.  Dr. Cohen formerly was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Mental Health and Aging. As chairperson for the Department from 1992-1997, she was instrumental in establishing the Ph.D. in Aging Studies, the first interdisciplinary program of its kind in the world and was also Founding Director of the USF Institute on Aging. She is internationally known for her work concerning Alzheimer's Disease, family caregiving, and long-term care, and she is the leading authority on homicide-suicide, assisted suicide, and homicide in the aged.

Recent Publications

Cohen, D, & Eisdorfer, C. (in review). An integrated textbook of geriatric mental health care. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

, D. (in press). End of life issues for caregivers of relatives with alzheimer's disease. In R. Talley (Ed.), Caregiving and alzheimer's disease. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Brown, LM, Cohen, D, & Kohlmaier, JR. (2007). Older adults and terrorism. In B. Bongar, L. M. Brown, L. E. Beutler, J. N. Breckenridge & P. G. Zimbardo (Eds.), Psychology of terrorism (pp. 288-310). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Cohen, D, & Kim, HS. (2007). Suicide and the elderly. In K. S. Markides (Ed.), The encyclopedia of health and aging (pp. 545-548). New York, NY: Blackwell Press.

Malphurs, JE, & Cohen, D. (2005). A statewide case-control study of spousal homicide-suicide in older persons. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 13(3), 211-217. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajgp.13.3.211

Cohen, D. (2004). Violent deaths and dementia. Journal of Mental Health and Aging, 10(2), 83-86.

Cohen, D. (2004). Behind the looking glass: Dementia caregivers who kill. Journal of Mental Health and Aging, 10(3), 147-150.

Roscoe, LA, Malphurs, JE, Dragovic, LJ, & Cohen, D. (2003). Antecedents of euthanasia and suicide among older women. Journal of the American Medical Women's Association, 58(1), 44-48.

Cohen, D. (2002). Estimating the incidence of homicide-suicide in the United States. Journal of Mental Health and Aging, 8(3), 179-181.

Cohen, D. (2002). To be or not to be: When is life not worth living and who decides? Journal of Mental Health and Aging, 8(1), 3-5.

Malphurs, JE, & Cohen, D. (2002). A newspaper surveillance study of homicide-suicide in the United States. The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, 23(2), 142-148.

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