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.

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.

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:

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 

Cohen, F., Seff, I., Ssewamala, F., Opobo, T., & Stark, L. (2020) Intimate partner violence and mental health outcomes: Sex-disaggregated associations among adolescents and young adults in Uganda. Journal of Interpersonal Violence

Bennouna, C., Ocampo, M., Cohen, F., Basir, M., Wessells, M., & Stark, L. (2019) Ecologies of care: mental health and psychosocial support for war-affected youth in the U.S. Conflict and Health, 13(47)