Dr. Cohen is Associate Provost for Professional Development and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Professor Cohen joined the University of Missouri-St. Louis faculty as a member of the College of Education in 1980. She served as Chair of the Division of Educational Psychology, Research and Evaluation from 1998 - 2002. She serves on the Advisory Committees of two University of Missouri System Initiatives, the President's Academic Leadership Institute and the UM New Faculty Teaching Scholars Program. At UMSL she directs the bi-annual conference, Inquiring Minds/Responsive Teachers: Challenging Gifted Students in the Regular Classroom. She has been a fellow in the Public Policy Research Centers, chair of the Retention Committee of the Enrollment Management Task Force, and co-chair of the Joint Task Force on the Elementary Education Curriculum, a committee with faculty representatives from the Colleges of Education and Arts and Sciences. Theories of motivation theory and individual differences provide the focus for her research into topics such as the professional development of teachers, the school reform agenda, and the scholarship of teaching.
Professor Cohen received an A.B. from Washington University in elementary education and psychology. She taught children with autism for three years before earning a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Washington University. Prior to joining the UMSL faculty, Dr. Cohen held appointments in educational psychology and teacher education at the State University of New York at Albany and at the University of Houston.