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Flora Cohen

Assistant Professor

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School of Social Work

1010 W Nevada Street

Office 2046

Urbana, IL 61820

What I Do

I support displaced populations with mental health services along their migration trajectories. Currently, I direct a mental health program for refugees living in Indonesia, alongside other global collaborations. I am also a practicing licensed clinician.


BSW – Temple University
MSW – Columbia University
Ph.D. – Washington University in St. Louis


My research aims to investigate culturally congruent mental health interventions in low-resource settings. I utilize participatory designs to engage service users in the development, implementation, and evaluation of interventions. I am particularly interested in global mental health, especially interventions with displaced populations.

Selected Publications

  • BlackDeer, AA, Gillani, B., Cohen, F, Vogel, M. (2023) A Tale of Two Mentees: Conceptualizing Academic Mentorship through Critical Systems Thinking. Journal of Social Work Education
  • Agaba, G., Hindes, K., Otto, B., Kajungu, R., Cohen, F. (2023) Psychosocial Programming in Uganda: Adaptations during COVID-19. Intervention. 21(1), 14-19.
  • Meinhart, M., Onyango Mangen, P., Hermosilla, S., Cohen, F., Agaba, G., Kajungu, R., Knox, J., Obalim, G., Stark, L. (2023) Refugee caregivers: Associations between psychosocial wellbeing and parenting in Uganda. Stress and Health.
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