Flora Cohen, LMSW is a doctoral student in the George Warren Brown School of Social Work.

Research Interests: global mental health, mental heath infrastructure development in low resource settings, community based rehabilitation, implementation science, and community based participatory research.

Contact: flora.cohen@wustl.edu

Flora is currently a NIMH T32 Predoctoral Fellow with an interest in global mental health infrastructure development. She is also a researcher with TPO Uganda, an organization that provides psychosocial support to refugees. She is currently conducting an evaluation of the implementation and effectiveness of the Journey of Life psychosocial support program with refugees living in Western Uganda.

Flora received a Bachelor’s of Social Work from Temple University and a Master’s of Social Work from Columbia University. Flora has had varied experiences both clinically in the US and overseas. Flora was a Case Planner in New York for a Family Treatment and Rehabilitation program assisting families with substance abuse and mental illnesses. She also provided mental health consultation at early childhood education programs as well as trauma-informed clinical treatment to children under 5 and their caregivers.

Additionally, Flora has worked extensively in Indonesia, as Project Coordinator for a Gender Based Violence services, research fellow at Universitas Gadjah Madha for the development of a community based rehabilitation protocol for mental illnesses, and generated a cognitive behavioral therapy intervention for refugees in transit. 

Flora is interested in culturally competent and decolonialist approaches to mental health implementation science in low-resource settings with populations who have had traumatic experiences. 

Recent Publications:

Cohen, F., Hermosilla, S., Knox, J., et al. (2021) Protocol for a Caregiver Psychosocial Support Intervention for Populations Affected by Displacement in Uganda. BMC Public Health, 21, 931. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-021-10921-7

 Cohen, F. & Yaeger, L (2021) Task-shifting for refugee mental health and psychosocial support: a scoping review of services in humanitarian settings through the lens of RE-AIM. Implementation Research and Practice. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F2633489521998790

Cohen, F. (2020) Ecologies of care for serious mental illness in Uganda: A scoping review. Global Social Welfare. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40609-020-00193-1

Stark, L., Seff, I., Cohen, F., Aldrich, J., & Allaf, C. (2020) Stressful life events and their unique associations with psychosocial outcomes: A gendered analysis among high school adolescents. Global Social Welfare. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40609-020-00179-z