Bruce Cohen, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences

Bruce Cohen, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences
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Dr. Cohen is an Associate Professor in both the Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences and the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Departments at the University of Virginia. He is board certified in both General Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. He directs the Forensic Psychiatry Residency Training Program. He received his B.A. and M.D. from Johns Hopkins University, where he also completed his residency training in general psychiatry.  He came to University of Virginia in 1993, where he completed a one-year fellowship in forensic psychiatry, and he joined the Institute Faculty in 1994. Dr. Cohen provides instruction in the full range of institute training activities, including lectures on forensic assessment in the criminal setting, topics in mental health law, assessment of civil competencies, and risk assessment for violence.

Dr. Cohen's areas of research interest include the competence of patients with medical and psychiatric illness to consent to clinical treatment and to participation in biomedical research as well as of the use of coercion in medical and psychiatric patient care.

Dr. Cohen teaches the courses "Introduction to Psychiatric Medicine," which provides the basic training experience in psychiatry to all students at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He has received the School of Medicine's Basic Science Award (awarded by the medical students for excellence in teaching) four times, has been awarded the Department of Psychiatric Medicine Faculty Teaching Award three times, has been inducted into the School of Medicine's Academy of Distinguished Educators, and has been awarded the School of Medicine's Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.  He also has been elected a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.  

Dr. Cohen is the author of Theory and Practice of Psychiatry, a single-author textbook used throughout the country in medical schools and psychiatric residency programs. The textbook provides a conversational yet detailed explanation of the issues, salient research findings, and treatments for psychiatric disorders.