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Cohen, Shuki

Assistant Professor


10.63.18 NB

PhD Clinical Psychology, New York University
Post-doc: Yale Medical School, Department of Psychiatry
MSc Brain Sciences, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
BSc Biochemistry, Cum Laude, Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel

Dr. Cohen is originally from Israel, where he obtained his BSc in Biophysical Chemistry and MSc in Brain Research from the Weizmann Institute of Science. As a neuroscientist, Dr. Cohen examined the emergence of functional groups in cortical cells presented with relevant stimuli, and examined a cellular analog of (non-conscious) classical conditioning in anesthetized animals. While working at UC Berkeley on the neuronal computation underlying 3-D vision in the cat visual cortex, he started an independent research program in psychoanalysis using the late Enrico Jones' archive of transcribed long-term psychoanalytic treatments. The goal of the project was to find recurring patterns in the verbal exchange between the patient and the analyst that appear in an above-chance frequency, and may thus represent repetitive interaction patterns that may lie outside the consciousness of both the patient and the analyst. To this aim, Dr. Cohen wrote a computer program that can scan psychotherapy transcripts for such repetitive patterns. Dr Cohen then moved to NY, where he obtained his PhD in clinical psychology from New York University. In his PhD work, Dr. Cohen examined autobiographical narratives for verbal indices that may signal emotional dysregulation. For example, the ratio between positive and negative emotion words, while impossible to control in a fluent speech, is significantly associated with affective symptomatology. Dr. Cohen also developed a speech-based scale for the tendency of speakers to overgeneralize and exaggerate. Dr. Cohen externed in the Albert Ellis Institute and interned at Bellevue and Gouverneur hospitals, followed by a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the department of psychiatry at Yale Medical School. Dr. Cohen's interests include implicit cognitive processes underlying affect dysregulation, psycholinguistics and group psychotherapy.


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