Deborah Ann Cohen, Ph.D.

Deborah Ann Cohen, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

Deborah Cohen received her Ph.D. in social work from the University of Kentucky and has more than ten years of experience working in the field of community mental health, with a specific concentration on young adults. Cohen is a research associate at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work’s Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health, where she works on a number projects related to community mental health service and policy. In her previous position, Cohen supervised all aspects of agency research, evaluation and quality improvement within a mid-sized mental health center, as well as its participation in a well-publicized National Institute of Mental Health’s Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) project.

Her work aims to improve community mental health systems through applying innovation and utilizing technology to improve access, engagement, and treatment outcomes for individuals with serious mental health conditions. She is specifically focused on the transition to adulthood and developing a new age of effective structures and interventions that retool the current community mental health structure.

Her current projects focus on improving interagency collaboration between child serving and adult serving systems, the impact of mobile technology on behavioral health outcomes, and program development, implementation, and evaluation of transition-age youth programs in Texas including first episode psychosis (FEP) and supported employment.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Interests

Behavioral health services research, transition-aged youth, health information technology, integrated healthcare, care coordination, behavioral health policy, disability policy, implementation science.


  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky
  • M.S.W, University of Michigan
  • B.A., Bowling Green State University



Hartland Plaza

Room:HLP 335G

Mailing Address

The University of Texas
School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd R5000
Austin, TX 78712-0358