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Cohen, Joanne

Cohen, Joanne

Counselor Education & Student Affairs
Old Main 413
  • Biography
    Joanne Cohen Ph.D., LMFT, NCC (she/her) has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. She is a professor and coordinator of the M.A. Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. Dr. Cohen has held residencies in trauma therapy at the Children’s Alliance Center in Reading, PA, and at Alianzas de Phoenixville in PA. She is a PA licensed Psychologist, a National Certified Counselor, and a PA licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her expertise includes individual and family trauma, abuse, and addiction, and the client- and person-centered approach. Dr. Cohen has hosted over a dozen regional, national, and international conferences on the person-centered approach, attending and presenting at many more. She has held several positions on the editorial board of the Person-Centered Journal and Renaissance Newsletter and received the Association for the Development of the Person-Centered Approach distinguished service award in 2011. In 2019, after completing research on elder financial abuse and serving as an Ombudsperson with the Lehigh County Office of Aging, Dr. Cohen received a distinguished service award from the Association for Adult Development and Aging. Dr. Cohen served on the Journal of Counseling and Development editorial review board. She has authored nearly 20 articles and book chapters and has delivered nearly 100 professional presentations at state, regional, national, and international conferences. Her research and professional development grants total nearly $40,000. Her research includes mixed-methods studies of 100 + participants on the topics of Client evaluation of counselors; Acculturation of international students to the U.S.; Demographic and MBTI type predictors of marital quality; Demographic and MBTI type predictors of mate selection and marital quality among Black-white married couples; and Perspectives of children and adolescents growing up in the sandwich generation.
  • Degrees
    Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
    M.S. Counseling Psychology, Frostburg State University
    B.S. Psychology, Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD
  • Publications
    Cohen, J., Rusiewicz, E., Deptula, M., & Cohen Hamilton, R. (2021). Teaching psychological concepts and theories using experiential learning activities. In H. Scherschel (Ed.) Teaching Tips: A Compendium of Conference Presentations on Teaching, 2019-2020. [poster attached] (p. 16). http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/teachingtips5
    Cohen, J. Rodriguez, F. Tracy, S., & Bowers, R. (2020). Therapeutic change factors in alcoholics anonymous. The Person-Centered Journal, 25(1-2), 168-182. https://adpca.org/article/pcj25/therapeutic-change-factors-in-alcoholics-anonymous/
    Cohen, J. (2017, April 27). Understanding elder financial abuse. Counseling Today Online.
    Cohen Hamilton, J., Reed, M., & Dawson, C. (2014, April). Stakeholder assessment report of graduate degree programs in counseling: Alumni, site supervisor, and employer evaluations of Master of Science in school counseling and Master of Arts in counseling (clinical mental health counseling and marriage, couple, & family counseling). Department of Counseling & Student Affairs, College of Education, Kutztown University.
    Cohen Hamilton, J. (2012). Alcohol use disorder: Clinical case evidence for the continuity hypothesis. VISTAS. American Counseling Association. http://www.counseling.org/resources/library/vistas/2012_Vol_1_67-104/2_2012-ACA-PDFs/Article_99.pdf
    Cohen Hamilton, J. (2011). Anne Roe’s fields and levels and occupational classification. Experiential Activities III. National Career Development Association.
    Cohen Hamilton, J. (2010). The educator’s role in developing student genuineness. Monographs of One Voice International. Institute of Elemental Ethics and Education.
    Cohen Hamilton, J. & Williams, K. F. (2007). Demonstration of a person-centered supervision: Disclosure of childhood abuse. The Person-Centered Journal, 14(1-2), 29-50.
    Cohen Hamilton, J. & Williams, K. (2007). Person-centered training and supervision with beginning counselors. The Person-Centered Journal. 14(1-2), 11-28. https://adpca.org/article/14_1-2/person-centered-training-and-supervision-with-beginning-counselors/
    Cohen Hamilton J., Carlson, M., & Sabol, N. (2001). Structured learning exercise in person-centered empathy within a counselor training program. The Person-Centered Journal, 8(1-2), 4-30. https://adpca.org/article/8_1_2/a-structured-learning-exercise-in-person-centered-empathy-within-a-counselor-training-program/
    Cohen Hamilton, J. (2000). Construct validity of the core conditions and factor structure of the client evaluation of counselor scale. The Person-Centered Journal, 7(1), 40-51. https://adpca.org/article/7_1/construct-validity-of-the-core-conditions-and-factor-structure-of-the-client-evalulation-of-counselor-scale/
    Cohen, J., et al. (2000). Natalie Rogers’ psychotherapy with Robin: Critique and analysis. The Person-Centered Journal, 7(1), 69-93. https://adpca.org/article/7_1/natalie-rogers-psychotherapy-with-robin-critique-and-analyses/
    Cohen, J., Hassan, R., & Bickham, P. J. (1998). A case for client-centered career counseling. The Person-Centered Journal, 5(1), 48-62. https://adpca.org/article/5_1/a-case-for-client-centered-career-counseling/
    Cohen, J. (1995). Participant Intent at a Person-Centered Workshop. Renaissance, 12(4), 1-4.
    Cohen, J. (1994). Empathy toward client perception of therapist intent: Evaluating one’s person-centeredness. The Person-Centered Journal, 1(3), 4-10. https://adpca.org/article/1_3/empathy-toward-client-perception-of-therapist-intent-evaluating-ones-person-centeredness/
    Cohen, J. (1992). Spouse type similarity and prediction accuracy: Testing a theory of mate selection. Journal of Psychological Type, 24, 45-53.
    Cohen, J. (1990). Psychological type, conventionality, and sociocultural predictors of marital quality. Dissertation. University of Georgia, Athens, GA, Dissertation Abstracts International.
    Kagan, H., & Cohen, J. (1990). Cultural adjustment of international students. Psychological Science, 1(2), 133-137.
  • Associations/Memberships
    Adult Development and Aging (APA Division 20) current
    American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
    American Counseling Association (ACA)
    American Psychological Association (APA) current
    Association for the Development of the Person-Centered Approach (ADPCA) current
    Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) current
    International Association of Marriage and Family Counseling (IAMFC)
    National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) current
    Pennsylvania Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (PAMFT)
    Pennsylvania Counseling Association (PCA)
    Society for Humanistic Psychology (APA Division 32) current
    Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2) current
  • Course Regularly Taught
    Intercultural Issues in Counseling (COU 519)
    Seminar in Marital Therapy (COU 528)
    Trauma Counseling (COU 532)
    The Addicted Family (COU 538)
    Group Processes Seminar (COU 546)
    Structural and Strategic Family Therapy (COU 558)
    Topics and Issues in Counseling [dream interpretation, refugee counseling] (COU 560)
    Human Development Across the Lifespan (COU 565)
    Practicum in Counseling (COU 580)
    Field Experience in Clinical Counseling [Internship] (COU 594)

    Additional experience teaching: Play Therapy (COU 515), Professional Orientation and Ethics in Clinical Counseling (COU 518), Fundamentals of Counseling (COU 530), Career Counseling Across the Lifespan (COU 535), Contemporary Issues in Marriage & Family Counseling (COU 544), Counseling Theories Seminar (COU 548), Counselor Supervision (COU 567), Case Analysis (COU 578), Independent Study (COU 581)
  • Research Interests

    Cohen, J. Kannangottu, L.N., Jensen, L., Smola, I. (July 28, 2023). How Using Creative Interventions Can Facilitate a Person-Centered Relationship with Children of Immigrant Refugees. Presentation at the 37th Association for the Development of the Person-Centered Approach Conference, Online Hosted from Beijing China.

    Cohen, J., Kanangottu, L. N., & Gurule, P. J. (March 18, 2023). Radical Engagement of Immigrant Families within a Collaborative, Community-Based Clinical Trauma Counseling Program: Three Case Illustrations. Presentation – 2 credits - at the 16th Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology. Conference Theme: Community. Collaboration. Embodiment: Cultivating an Ethic of Radical Hospitality in Treacherous Times. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.

    Cohen, J. & Kanangottu, L. N. (March 3, 2023). Prolonged Exposure Trauma Counseling with Drawings for Immigrant Youth. Presentation at the 94th Annual Eastern Psychological Association, Copley Place, Boston, MA.

    Cohen, J., Boeve, T., & Campisi, D. (2021, October 7). Evidence-based treatment for refugee trauma. Community Workshop Series # 3. Alianzas de Phoenixville, Phoenixville, PA.

    Cohen, J., Gaulin, A. E., & Guzman, N. M. (2020, February 2). Trauma counseling with refugees. The Greater Philadelphia Area Counseling Area Association Trauma Symposium 2020. Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA.

    Cohen, J. (2017, April 27). Understanding elder financial abuse. Counseling Today Online. https://ct.counseling.org/2017/04/understanding-elder-financial-abuse/

    Cohen, J. (2016, July 13). Our Parent’s Keepers: Client-Centered Counseling for Elders and Family Caregivers Dealing with Ambiguous Loss. Presentation at the 32nd Annual Association for the Development of the Person-Centered Approach Conference. Las Vegas, NV.

    Rozzi, M., & Cohen, J. (2016, April 29). Multidisciplinary Treatment and Prevention of Financial Abuse in the Family. The Pennsylvania Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Philadelphia, PA.

    Cohen, J., & Rozzi, M. (2016, March 11). Multidisciplinary Treatment and Prevention of Financial Elder Abuse by Family Members. The International Association for Marriage and Family Counseling, New Orleans, LA.

    Cohen Hamilton, J. C., Pfeiler-Wunder, A. L., Weiler, C., & Moss, L. (2016, February). Transformative Justice: All Voices Heard. Climate Transformation Vision based on Results of Rankin and Theory of Transformative Justice. KU Commission on Human Diversity’s 6th Annual Conference, Speaking Out: Voices of Social Justice. Kutztown, PA.

    Cohen Hamilton, J., Keppel, J., & Gruber, E. M. (2015, May 8). Multidisciplinary treatment for elder abuse. Pennsylvania Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Conference. Philadelphia, PA.

    Cohen Hamilton, J. (2015, March 13). Mental Health Counseling in the Wake of the Elder Abuse Epidemic. American Counseling Association Conference. Orlando, FL.
    Cohen Hamilton, J., Bernstein-Danis, T. D., et. al. (2015, February 27). Transparent communication as a cure for social injustice? Report on Rankin. KU Commission on Human Diversity’s 5th Annual Conference, Taking Action: Social Justice for All? Kutztown, PA.

    Cohen Hamilton, J., & Baruch, H. (2014, March) Our Parents’ Keepers: Mental Health Care in the Wake of the Financial Elder Abuse Epidemic. Eastern Psychological Association Meeting. Boston, MA: March 13-16, 2014.

    Grove, S.L., & Cohen Hamilton, J. (2013, November). Career exploration and decision-making: A group for GLBTQ young adults. The 45th Annual Pennsylvania Counseling Association Conference. State College, PA.