• Additional Titles:Director, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) Program
  • Education:BS in Occupational Therapy, Boston University, 1976.
    EdM in Counseling and Consulting Psychology, Harvard University, 1984.
    ScD in Therapeutic Studies, Boston University, 2000.
  • Office:635 Commonwealth Ave, SAR-501A
  • Phone:617-358-1063

Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests

  • Teaching courses related to integration of clinical reasoning, critical analysis of theory, evidence-based practice and occupational therapy intervention.
  • The perspectives of children, adolescents and families related to personal, contextual and occupational factors that support or inhibit successful social participation in school, at home, and in the community; a qualitative researcher she is particularly interested in understanding how children and adolescents with disabilities and their families make sense of and attribute meaning to their experiences.
  • Dr. Cohn has published in the areas of clinical reasoning, fieldwork education and supervision, and client perspectives of living with or parenting people with disabilities. She is currently a member of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and the Occupational Therapy Journal of Research   Editorial Boards and a former editor and now consultant to editors of Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy. Dr. Cohn is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association, a recipient of the AOTF  A. Jean Ayres Research Award, and the  BU Sargent College Whitney R. Powers award for teaching excellence.
  • Dr. Cohn has conducted numerous qualitative studies of parents’ perspectives of living with and parenting children with a range of diagnostic conditions. Dr. Cohn’s current research, funded by the Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Research Fund, involves developing and testing a new intervention to promote friendship in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She also has an interest in children and families’ perspectives of personal, contextual and occupational characteristics that support or inhibit successful social participation in school, home, and in the community. She has published several papers on broadening the focus of occupational therapy intervention to include family perspectives in all aspects of service delivery. Related areas of interest focus on understanding outcomes of occupational therapy using sensory integration approaches. Specific projects include:

The VIP Intervention: Using Video Self-Reflection to Enhance Social Well-Being for Adolescents with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Dr. Gael Orsmond and Dr. Ellen S. Cohn are currently developing and testing a new intervention to promote friendships in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Adolescents with an ASD participating in the Videos of Important People (VIP) Intervention project will make videos of their everyday social experiences and friendships. The youth will engage in a process of positive self-review and self-reflection using edited video footage of their friendship experiences. The project is expected to lead to the development of a novel evidence-based intervention for providers to use in a range of health and educational settings to positively impact the well-being of youth with an ASD. This project is funded by the Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Research Fund.
  • The article Talking on Camera Could Help Teens with Autism provides more information about Drs. Ellen Cohn and Gael Orsmond’s study on whether the use of video can improve social skills for teenagers with an autism spectrum disorder.

Culture and Communication in Hypertension Management

  • Prof. Ellen Cohn was a co-investigator in a large study of patients with uncontrolled hypertension being conducted at two large Veterans Medical Centers. The goal of the project was to gain a better understanding of patients’ and providers’ explanatory models of hypertension, its treatment and management. Individuals with hypertension face the challenges of trying to successfully manage their conditions through medication and lifestyle modifications. The research team developed a conceptual model of to specify four domains that affected the actions patients took to manage their hypertension:
  1. Explanatory models – beliefs that individuals have regarding the cause, mechanisms & course of illness, and effects of treatment;
  2. Planned action –patients’ reported plans and motivations to control their hypertension;
  3. Daily lived experience – patients’ context, routines and other health problems that affect hypertension management; and
  4. Relationship with provider – including patients’ attitudes towards their provider and provider communication.
  • A breakdown in one or more of these areas was found to interfere with the patients’ ability to engage in accepted hypertension control behaviors such as watching their diet, exercising, or taking prescribed medications.

Courses Taught

Entry-level OTD courses

PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences courses

Post-professional distance education OTD Courses

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Lussenhop, A., Mesiti, L.A., Cohn, E.S., Orsmond, G., Goss, J., Reich, C., Osipow, A., Pirri, K., & Lindgren-Streichen, A. (under review). Social participation of families with children with autism spectrum disorder in a science museum.
  • Ryan, C., Kramer, J., & Cohn, E.S. (in press). Exploring the self-disclosure process in peer mentoring relationship for transition-aged youth with developmental disabilities. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
  • Schaaf, R.C., Cohn, E.S., Burke, J., Dumont, R., Miller, A. & Mailloux, Z. (2015). Linking sensory factors to participation: Establishing intervention goals with parents with for children with autism spectrum disorder. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69, 6905185005.
  • Orsmond, G.I. & Cohn, E.S. (2015). The distinctive features of a feasibility study: Objectives and guiding questions. Occupational Therapy Journal of Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1539449215578649.
  • Cohn, E.S., Coster, W.J., & Kramer, J. M. (2014). Conference Proceedings—Facilitated learning model to teach habits of evidence-based reasoning across an integrated master of science in occupational therapy curriculum. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68, S1–S10.
  • Schaaf, R., Burke, J., Cohn, E., May-Benson, T., Schoen, S., Roley, S.S., Lane, S., Parham, D., Reynolds, S., Benevides, T., Blanche, E., Miller, L., & Mailloux, Z. (in press). The issue is: The state of measurement in sensory integration. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
  • Cohn, E.S., Kramer, J., Schub, J., & May-Benson, T. (in press). Parent’s explanatory models and hopes for outcomes of occupational therapy using a sensory integration approach. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
  • May-Benson, T. A., Roley, S. S., Mailloux, Z., Parham, D. L., Koomar, J., Schaaf, R. C., Van Jaarsveld, A., Cohn, E. S. (In press).Inter-rater reliability and discriminative validity of the structural elements Ayres Sensory Integration® Intervention Fidelity Measure®. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
  • Kuo, M. H., Orsmond, G. I., Coster, W. J., & Cohn, E. S. (2013). Media use among adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Autism. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1362361313497832
  • Fix, G.M., Cohn, E.S., Solomon, J.L., Cortés, D.E., Mueller, N., Kressin N, Borzecki, A., Katz, L.A., & Bokhour, B.G. (2013).The role of comorbidities in patients’ hypertension self-management.  Chronic Illness, advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1742395313496591
  • Kuo, H-Y., Orsmond, G. I., Cohn, E. S., & Coster, W. J. (2013). Friendship characteristics and activity patterns of adolescents with an autism spectrum disorder. Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 17, 481-500. doi:10.1177/1362361311416380
  • Khetani, M. A., Cohn, E. S., Orsmond, G. I., Law, M. C., & Coster, W. J. (2013). Parent perspectives of participation in home and community activities when receiving Part C early intervention services. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education. 32, 234-245. doi: 10.1177/0271121411418004
  • Silverman, F., Bartley, B., Cohn, E. S., Kanics, I. M., & Walsh, L. (2012). Occupational therapy partnerships with museums. The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, 4(4), 15 – 29.
  • Turner, K., Cohn, E. S., & Koomar, J. (2012). Mothering when mothers and children both have sensory processing challenges. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75, 449- 455.
  • Bokhour, B.G., Cohn, E.S., Cortes, D.E., Solomon, J. L., Fix, G. M., Elwy, A. R., Mueller, N., Katz, L. A., Haidet, P., Green, A. R., Borzecki, A. M., Kressin, N. R. (2012). The role of patients’ explanatory models and daily-lived experience in hypertension self-management. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 27, 1626-1634. Doi: 10.1007/s11606-012-2141-2
  • Khetani, M. A., Orsmond, G., Cohn, E. S., Law, M., & Coster, W. (2012). Correlates of community participation among families transitioning from Part C early intervention services. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 32(3), 61-69.
  • Kramer, J., Walker, R., Cohn, E. S., Mermelstein, M., Olsen, S., O’Brien, J., & Bouryer, P. (2012).  Striving for shared understandings: Therapists’ perspectives of the benefits and dilemmas of using a child self-assessment. Occupational Therapy Journal of Research, 32, S48 – S58. doi: 10.3928/15394492-20110906-02
  • Cohn, E., Cortes, D., Fix, G., Mueller, N., Solomon, J., & Bokhour, B. (2012). Habits and routines in the daily management of hypertension. Journal of Health Psychology, 17, 845-855. doi: 10.1177/1359105311424471
  • Kuo, H-Y., Orsmond, G. I., Cohn, E. S., & Coster, W. J. (2011). Friendship characteristics and activity patterns of adolescents with an autism spectrum disorder. Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, online publication. doi:10.1177/1362361311416380
  • Parham, D. L., Roley, S. S., May-Benson, T. A., Koomar, J., Brett-Green, B., Burke, J. P., Cohn, E. S., Mailloux, Z., Miller, L. J., & Schaaf, R. C. (2011). Development of a fidelity measure for research on the effectiveness of the Ayres Sensory Integration® intervention. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65, 133-142.
  • Cohn, E.S, May-Benson, T., & Teasdale, A. (2011). The relationship between behaviors associated with sensory processing and parental sense of competence. Occupation, Participation and Health, 31, 172-181. Doi: 10.3928/15394492-20110304-01
  • Lin, L., Orsmond, G.I., Coster, W.J., & Cohn, E.S. (2011). Families of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in Taiwan: The role of social support and coping in family adaptation and maternal well-being. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. 5, 144 – 156.
  • Yinusa- Nyahkoon, L., Cohn, E.S., Cortés, D.E., & Bokhour, B.G. (2010). Ecological barriers and social forces in childhood asthma management: Examining routines of Africian-American families living in the inner-city.  Journal of Asthma, 7, 701-710.
  • Parham, D.L., Roley, S.S., May-Benson, T.A.,, Koomar, J., Brett-Green, B., Burke, J.P., Cohn, E.S., & Mailloux, Z. (2010). Development of a fidelity measure for research on effectiveness of Ayres Sensory Integration Intervention®. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 61, 216-227.
  • Schaaf, R.C., Benevides, T., Blanche, E.I., Brett-Green, B.A., Burke, J.P., Cohn, E.S., Koomar, J., Lane, S.J., Miller, L.J., May-Benson, T.A., Parham, D., Reynolds, S., & Schoen, S.A., (2010). Parasympathetic functions in children with sensory processing disorder. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 4, 1-11. doi: 10.3389/fnit.2010.00004
  • Dunn, L., Coster, W.J., Cohn, E.S., & Orsmond, G.I. (2009). Factors associated with participation of children with and without Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in household tasks. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 3, 274-294.
  • Dunn, L., Coster, W.J., Orsmond, G.I., & Cohn, E.S. (2009). Household task participation of children with and without attentional problems.  Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 3, 258-273.
  • Cohn, E.S., Cortés, D.E., Hook, J.M., Yinusa-Nyahkoon, L.S., Solomon, J.L., & Bokhour, B. (2009). A narrative of resistance; Presentation of self when parenting children with asthma. Communication& Medicine, 6, 27-37.
  • Smith, L.A., Bokhour, B., Hohman, K.H., Miroshnik, I., Kleinman, K.P., Cohn, E.S., Cortes, D., Galbraith, A., Rand, C., & Lieu, T.A. (2008). Modifiable risk factors for suboptimal control and controller medication underuse among children with asthma. Pediatrics, 22, 760-769.
  • Bokhour, B.G., Cohn, E.S., Cortes, D.E., Yinusa-Nyahkoon, L., Hook, J.M., Smith, L.A., Rand, C.S., & Lieu, T.A. (2008). Patterns of concordance and non-concordance with clinician recommendations and parents’ explanatory models in children with asthma. Patient Education and Counseling, 70, 376-385.
  • Yinusa- Nyahkoon, L., Cohn, E.S., Tickle-Degnen, L., Lieu, T. A., & Bokhour, B.G.(2007). Examining Routines to Understand the Ecological Context: Managing Childhood Asthma. Occupational Therapy Journal of Research, 27, 975-995.
  • Parham, L.D., Cohn, E.S., Spitzer, S., Koomar, J., Miller, L.J., Burke, J.P., Brett-Green, B., Mailloux, Z., May-Benson, T.A., Smith Roley, S., Schaaf, R.C., Schoen, S., & Summers, C.A. (2007). Fidelity in sensory integration intervention research. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 61, 216-227.
  • Mailloux, Z.K., May-Benson, T.A., Summers, C.A., Miller, L.J., Brett-Green, B., Burke, J., Cohn, E.S., Koomar, J., Parham, L.D., Smith Roley, S., Schaaf, R.,& Schoen, S.A. (2007). Goal attainment scaling as a measure of meaningful outcomes for children with sensory integration disorders.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 61, 254-259.
  • Howard, B., Cohn, E.S., & Orsmond, G. (2006). Understanding and negotiating friendships: Perspectives from an adolescent with Asperger’s Syndrome.  Autism: The International Journal of Research & Practice, 6, 619-627.
  • Bedell, G., Cohn, E.S., Dumas, H. (2005). Exploring parents’ use of strategies to promote social participation in school-age children with acquired brain injuries.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 59, 273-284.

Books and Book Chapters

  • Cohn, E.S.,& Coster, W. J. (2014). Unpacking our theoretical reasoning: Theory and practice in occupational therapy. In B.A.B. Schell, G. Gillen, & M. E. Scaffa (Eds.), Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy (12th ed.).  Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
  • Crepeau, E.B., & Cohn, E.S. (2014). Narrative as a key to understanding. In B.A.B. Schell, G. Gillen, & M. E. Scaffa (Eds.), Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy (12th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
  • Schell, B. A. B., Gillen, G., Scaffa, M. E., & Cohn, E.S. (2014). Individual variance: Body structures and functions. In B.A.B. Schell, G. Gillen, & M. E. Scaffa (Eds.), Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy (12th ed.).  Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
  • Schell, B. A. B., Scaffa, M. E., Gillen, G., & Cohn, E.S. (2014). Contemporary occupational therapy practice in the United States. In B.A.B. Schell, G. Gillen, & M. E. Scaffa (Eds.), Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy (12th ed.).  Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
  • Cohn, E.S., Schell, B.A.B., & Crepeau, E.B. (2010). Occupational therapy as a reflective practice. In N. Lyons (Ed.), Handbook of reflective inquiry. New York: Springer.
  • Crepeau, E.B., Cohn, E. S., & Schell, B.A.B  (Eds.) (2009). Willard and Spackman’s occupational therapy (11th ed.), Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
  • Cohn, E.S. (2009). Team interaction models and team communication. In E.B. Crepeau, E.S., Cohn,& B.A.B. Schell (Eds.), Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy (11th ed., pp. 396 – 402). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
  • Cohn, E.S.,& Henry, A.D. (2009). Care-giving and child rearing. In E.B. Crepeau, E.S., Cohn, & B.A.B. Schell (Eds.), Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy (11th ed., pp. 579 – 591). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
  • Crepeau, E.B., & Cohn, E.S. (2009). Narrative as a key to understanding. In E.B. Crepeau, E.S., Cohn, & B.A.B. Schell (Eds.), Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy (11th ed., pp. 98 – 104).  Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
  • Crepeau. E.B., Cohn, E.S., & Schell, B.A.B. (2009). Contemporary occupational therapy practice in the United States. In E.B. Crepeau, E.S., Cohn, & B.A.B. Schell (Eds.), Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy (11th ed., pp. 216 – 221). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
  • Schell, B.A.B., Cohn, E.S., & Crepeau, B.A.B. (2009). Overview of personal factors affecting performance. In E.B. Crepeau, E.S., Cohn, & B.A.B. Schell (Eds.), Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy (11th ed., pp. 650 – 657). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
  • Schell, B.A.B., Crepeau, E.B., & Cohn, E.S. (2009). Theory and practice in occupational therapy. In E.B. Crepeau, E.S., Cohn, & B.A.B. Schell (Eds.), Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy (11th ed, pp. 428 – 434). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

Presentations

Peer-Reviewed Presentations

  • Cohn, E.S & DeMarinis, J.  (2015, October). A review of suggested measures to assess student competence for professional practice. Paper presented at AOTA/OTCAS Education Summit, Denver, Colorado.
  • Cohn, E.S., Orsmond, G.I., Boris, A., Pirri, K., Reich, C., Lussenhop, C., …Lindgren-Streicher. (2015, May). Community participation experiences of families with a child with autism spectrum disorder: Factors associated with parents’ descriptions of a successful museum visit. Paper presented at Occupational Therapy Summit of Scholars, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Barrett, K., Cohn, E.S., Berger, S., & Gilbertson, B.  (2015, April). Building capacity for occupation and occupational therapy through the development of international partnerships. Paper presented at American Occupational Therapy Association, Nashville, TN.
  • DeLuca, D., Cohn, E.S., & Orsmond, G.I. (2014, November). A museum and occupational therapy collaboration for youth with autism spectrum disorder. Paper presented at New England Museum Association Conference, Boston, MA.
  • Orsmond, G. I. & Cohn, E.S. (2014, May). Lessons learned from a feasibility study: Using self-created videos to enhance social competence for adolescents with ASD. Paper presented at Occupational Therapy Summit of Scholars, Philadelphia, PA.
  • DeLuca, D., Cohn, E.S., & Finn, E.  (2014, April). A museum and occupational therapy partnership to support science learning and inclusion for youth with autism spectrum disorder. Paper presented at the National Science Teachers Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA.
  • Turner, K. & Cohn, E.S. (2014, April). Mothering when mothers and children both have sensory processing challenges. Paper presented at the American Occupational Therapy Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.
  • Boris, A. & Cohn, E.S. (2013, November). Partnering with museums: Creating social stories to support inclusion. Paper presented at the Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy Annual Conference, Norwood, MA.
  • Cohn, E. S., Coster, W., & Kramer, J. (2013, October).  A facilitated learning model to teach evidence-based habits of reasoning across an integrated MSOT curriculum. Paper presented at the AOTA Occupational Therapy Education Summit, Atlanta, GA.
  • Cohn, E. S., & Orsmond, G. I. (2012, April). Using video diaries to understand friendship experiences in adolescents with and autism spectrum disorder. American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference. Indianapolis, ID, USA.
  • Khetani, M. A., Cohn, E. S., Orsmond, G., Law, M.,&  Coster, W. (2011, May). Parent perspectives of participation in home and community life when receiving Part C early intervention services. International Society on Early Intervention (ISEI) Conference. New York, NY, USA.
  • Khetani, M. A., Orsmond, G., Cohn, E. S., Law, M.,& Coster, W. (2011, April). Correlates of community participation among families transitioning out of Part C early intervention services. American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA, USA.
  • Cohn, E. S., DeLany, J., Amini, D., & Youngstrom, M. J. (2011, April). Using AOTA’s official documents to advocate for best practice. American Occupational Therapy Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA, USA.
  • Cohn, E. S., Segal, R., Paul-Ward, A., Bagatell, N.,& Mirza, M. P. (2011, April). Disciplinary intersections of medical anthropology, occupational therapy and science, disability studies, and public health. American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA, USA.
  • Cohn, E. S., Bartley, B., Kanics, I., Orsmond, G., Reich, C., Silverman, F., & Walsh, L. (2011, April). Occupational Therapy Partnerships with Museums to Create Inclusive Environments that Promote Participation and Belonging. American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
  • Cohn, E. S., & Orsmond, G. I. (2011, March). Using video diaries to understand friendship experiences in adolescents with and autism spectrum disorder. Gatlinburg Conference. San Antonio, TX, USA.
  • Cohn, E. S. (2010, October). A narrative of resistance: Asserting control to preserve self and uncertainty when parenting children with asthma. Society for the Study of Occupation. London, Ontario, Canada.
  • Cohn, E. S., & May-Benson, T. (2010, March). Parent sense of competence with Children with ADHD and sensory processing disorder. Spiral Foundation Boston Symposium. Waltham, MA, USA.
  • Cohn, E. S. (2009, October). Parent sense of competence with Children with ADHD and sensory processing disorder. Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy Annual Conference. Westford, MA, USA.
  • Cohn, E. S., Cortés, D., Fix, G., Mueller, N., Solomon, J., & Bokhour, B. (2009, June). Habit-based daily activities in the management of hypertension. Communication, Medicine & Ethics, Cardiff University. Cardiff, Wales.
  • Cohn, E. S., & May-Benson, T. (2009, April). Parent sense of competence with Children with ADHD and sensory processing disorder. American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference. Houston, TX, USA.
  • Cohn, E. S., & Duncomb, L. (2008, April). Level II fieldwork students’ reflections on translation of learning into practice: A mechanism for evaluating an occupational therapy curriculum. American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference. Long Beach, CA, USA.

Peer Reviewed Workshop Presentations

  • Cohn, E. S., Bartley, B., Kanics, I., Orsmond, G., Reich, C., Silverman, F., & Walsh, L. (2011, April). Occupational Therapy Partnerships with Museums to Create Inclusive Environments that Promote Participation and Belonging. Workshop conducted at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Cohn, E. S., Crepeau, B., Lawlor, M., & Mattingly, C. (2000, April). Interpreting Text: Exploring Approaches to Narrative Analysis. Workshop conducted at the American Occupational Therapy Annual Conference, Seattle, WA.
  • Cohn, E. S., Crepeau, B. (1999, April). How Interpretations are Made: Exploring Approaches to Narrative Analysis. Workshop conducted at the American Occupational Therapy Annual Conference. Indianapolis, IN.

Peer-Reviewed Poster Presentations

  • Ledingham, A., Cohn, E.S., Baker, K. R., & Keysor, J.J. (2016, May). Adults with knee osteoarthritis: Perspectives on telephone technology to support adherence to exercise. National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers, Alexandria, VA.
  • Lachter, L.G. & Cohn, E.S. (2016, April). Better together: Advancing family-centered care. Poster presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Orsmond, G.I., Wong, J., Coster, W.J., Cohn, E.S., Erspamer, B. & Haver, C.E. (2016, March). The focus of educational goals for transition-age youth receiving special education services. Poster presented at the Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, San Diego, CA.
  • Wong, J., Orsmond, G. I., Cohn, E.S. (2015, May). Participant responses to a video-based intervention to enhance social well-being for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Poster presented at the Occupational Therapy Summit of Scholars, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Cohn, E.S. & Orsmond, G. (2015, April). OT Collaboration with a museum and public school to support social participation for youth with autism spectrum disorder.  Poster presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Nashville, TN.
  • Miller, A.L., Dumont, R.L., Burke, J. P., Cohn, E.S., Kauper, S. E., & Schaaf, R.C., (2015, April). Parent Goals: An analysis of therapists reasoning.  Poster presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Nashville, TN.
  • Livingston, E.M., Boris, A.C., Ideism, R.I., Mendonca, R., & Cohn, E.S. (2014, April). A systematic review of social stories™: Evidence and appreciation in community settings. Poster presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.
  • Cohn, E. S. & Lowenstein, N. (2013, October). Effects of a modified problem-based learning class on MSOT students’ perceived competence to develop evidence and occupation-based interventions.  Poster presented at the AOTA Occupational Therapy Education Summit, Atlanta, GA.
  • Barrett, K., Berger, S., & Cohn, E. S. (2013, October). The process of two U.S. occupational therapy programs collaborating with Ecuadorian occupational therapists to promote shared learning. Poster presented at the AOTA Occupational Therapy Education Summit, Atlanta, GA, USA.
  • Orsmond, G.I., & Cohn, E.S. (2013, May). The VIP Intervention: Using Video to Enhance Social Well-Being for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Occupational Therapy Summit of Scholars.  University of Illinois at Chicago. Chicago, IL, USA.
  • Kuo, M. H., Orsmond, G. I., Cohn, E. S., & Coster, W. J. (2012, July). Friendships of adolescents with an autism spectrum disorder: Adolescents’ perspectives. International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development, Edmonton, AB.
  • Bokhour, B. G., Elwy, A. R., Solomon, J. L., Cohn, E. S., Cortés, D. C., Katz, L., Haidet, P., Borzecki, A., Fix, G. F., Mueller, N., Barker, A., Glickman, M., Orner, M., & Kressin, N. R. (2011, October). Racial/ethnic differences in HTN explanatory models and daily lived experience. International Conference on Communication in Healthcare. Northwestern University. Chicago, IL, USA.
  • Kuo, H-Y., Orsmond, G. I., Cohn, E. S., & Coster, W. J. (2011, June). Computer use among adolescents with an autism spectrum disorder. Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy Annual Conference. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
  • Bokhour, B. G., Solomon, J. L., Cohn, E. S., Cortés, D. C., Elwy, A. R., Mueller, N., Haidet, P., Katz, L., Borzecki, A., Fix, G. M., & Kressin, N. R. (2011, May). Racial/ethnic differences in explanatory models, daily lived experience, and hypertension management behaviors. Society of General Internal Medicine. Phoenix, AZ, USA.
  • Kuo, H-Y., Orsmond, G. I., Coster, W. J., & Cohn, E. S. (2011, April). How adolescents with an autism spectrum disorder use media: Content preferences and the associated factors. Society for Research in Child Development. Montreal, Canada.
  • Kuo, H-Y., Orsmond, G. I., Cohn, E. S., & Coster, W. J. (2011, April). Friendships of adolescents with an autism spectrum disorder: Perspectives on friendships and factors associated with friendship quality. Society for Research in Child Development. Montreal, Canada.
  • Cohn, E.S. & Orsmond, G. L. (2010, October). Videos to Understand Friendships of Adolescents with an Autism Spectrum Disorder: Lessons Learned. Society for the Study of Occupation. London, Ontario, Canada.
  • Stoer, M., Weissman, S., & Cohn, E.S. (2010, April). Preventing Obesity in Elementary School Children: Role of Occupational Therapy in an Urban After School Program. American Occupational Therapy Annual Conference. Orlando, FL, USA.
  • Kuo, H.Y., Orsmond, G.L., Cohn, E.S., & Coster, W. (2010, April). Friendship Characteristics and Activity Patterns of Adolescents with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. American Occupational Therapy Annual Conference. Orlando, FL, USA.
  • Kuo, H.Y., Orsmond, G.L., Coster, W., & Cohn, E.S. (2010, March). How Adolescents with an Autism Spectrum Disorder Use Media. Annual Gatlinburg Conference. Annapolis, MD, USA.
  • Cortés, D.E., Bokhour, B.G., Cohn, E.S., Salomon, J.L., & Fix, G.M. (2009, October). The Experience of Shame During the Assessment of Health Literacy. Health Literacy Annual Research Conference. Washington, D.C., USA.
  • Stoer, M., Weissman, S., & Cohn, E.S. (2009, October). Preventing Obesity in Elementary School Children: Role of Occupational Therapy in an Urban After School Program. Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy Annual Conference. Westford, MA, USA.
  • Solomon, J.L., Cohn, E.S., Cortés, D.E., Haidet, P., Fix, G.M., & Bokhour, B.G. (2009, September). U.S. Primary Care Providers’ “Narrative Mind Reading” of Patients: Examples from Hypertension and Asthma (Mis)management. International Conference of the Society for Medical Anthropology. New Haven, CT, USA.
  • Lin, L.Y., Orsmond, G.I., Cohn, E.S., & Coster, W.J. (2009, June). Cultural Stressors, Cultural Values, and Caregiver Burden in Mothers of Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Taiwan.  International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities, 2nd Asia Pacific Regional Conference. Singapore.
  • Bokhour, B.S., Solomon, J.S., Cohn, E.S., Cortes, D.E., Elwy, A.R., Haidet, P., Katz, L., Borzecki, A., Green, A., & Kressin, N.K. (2009, May). Patient Perspectives on Managing Hypertension: Developing a New Model of Patient Behavior. Society of General Internal Medicine. Miami Beach, FL, USA.
  • Bokhour, B.S., Solomon, J.S., Cohn, E.S., Cortes, D.E., Elwy, A.R., Haidet, P., Katz, L., Borzecki, A., Green, A., & Kressin, N.K. (2009, February). Patient Perspectives on Managing Hypertension: Developing a New Model of Patient Behavior. Health Services Research and Development (VA). Baltimore, MD, USA.

Invited Presentations

  • Cohn, E.S. (2016, April). Listening in: Outcomes matters to families matters. Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Annual Program. American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Cohn, E.S. (2014, November). Listening in: What matters to families matters. Breakfast with a Scholar presentation at Texas Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Sugar Land, TX.
  • Cohn, E.S. (2014, October). The role of occupational therapy with children and adolescents. Presented to the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders Program, Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA.
  • Cohn, E. S. (2013, November). Listening in: What matters to parents matters. In M. Lawlor (Chair), Sensory integration at the crossroads: Diverse perspectives in occupational therapy.  24th Occupational Science Symposium, Symposium conducted at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Cohn, E.S. (2013, November). Evidence-based practice: Sensory integration. Presented at Boston Public Schools. Boston, MA.
  • Cohn, E. S. (2013, March). Hopes and Experiences: Implications for Living with Sensory Challenges. Spiral Symposium Early Identification of SPD and Related Difficulties Watertown, MA, USA.
  • Cohn, E. S., Orsmond, G.,& Boris, A. (2012, October). Autism Spectrum Disorders: Facilitating Accessibility and Inclusion. Boston Children’s Museum. Boston, MA, USA.
  • Cohn, E. S., & Orsmond, G., (2012, August). Autism: A Unique Museum and Theater Experience. Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability. Boston, MA, USA.
  • Cohn, E. S. (2011, April). Health Disparities: What’s OT Got to Do with It? Texas Women’s University, Celebration of Scholarship.
  • Cohn, E. S. (2010, June; 2010, November; 2011, January). Autism Spectrum Disorders: Facilitating Inclusion. Boston Museum of Science. Boston, MA, USA.
  • Cohn, E. S. (2010, May). Health Disparities: What’s OT Got to Do with It? Boston University, Sargent College Lead the Way Symposium.
  • Cohn, E. S., & May-Benson, T. (2010, May). The Relationship Between Parents’ Sense of Competence and Behaviors Associated with Sensory Processing. The Boston Symposium, Clinical Innovations and Research. Boston, MA, USA.
  • Cohn, E. S. (2006, January). Update on Pediatric Assessments: Children’s Assessment of Participation and Enjoyment and Preferences for Activities of Children. Boston University Clinical Educators Conference. Boston, MA, USA.

Grant Activity

  • Deborah Monroe Noonan Memorial Fund, The VIP Intervention: Using Video to Enhance Social Well-Being for Adolescents with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, 2012 – 2014, Co-investigator: (Dr. Gael Orsmond).
  • Boston University: Dudley Allen Sargent Research Fund, Understanding Friendships of Adolescents with an Autism Spectrum Disorder: In their Own Voices, 2009 – 2010, Co-investigator: (Dr. Gael Orsmond).
  • Veteran’s Administration, Culture and Communication in Hypertension Management, 2006 – 2010, Co-investigator: (Dr. Barbara Bokhour, P.I).
  • National Institute Health: National Institute of Child Health and Development, Communication, Perspectives, & Child Asthma Disparities, 2003 – 2006, Research Associate: (Dr. Tracy Lieu, P.I.).
  • Boston University – Programs in Occupational Therapy, Neurobehavioral Rehabilitation Research Center (NRRC), Conceptualizations of Friendship in Adolescents with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, 2003 – 2004, Co-investigator: (With Dr. Gael Orsmond).
  • National Institute of Health, National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, Outcome of Sensory-Based Intervention after Brain Trauma: R21 Planning grant, 2002 – 2003, Co-investigator: (Dr. Lucy Miler, P.I.).
  • Deborah Monroe Noonan Memorial Fund, Strategies to Promote Social Participation in School-Aged Children with Acquired Brain Injuries, 2001 – 2002, Co-investigator: (Dr. Gary Bedell, P.I.).
  • Subcontract: American Occupational Therapy Association and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Program Evaluation: Occupational Therapy Involvement in Families and Schools Together Program with Middle School Students, 2000 – 2001, Co-investigator: (With Dr. Alexis Henry).

Professional Activities

Consulting

  • The Philanthropy Connection: Grant Review Executive Subcommittee, May, 2013 – present
  • Boston Museum of Science, 2009 – present: Consultation regarding inclusion for people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Spiral Foundation, Watertown, MA:  Institutional Review Board Chair (October, 2008 – present), Board of Directors (2006 – present), Research Advisory Board (2004)
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, August – September, 2008: Consultation regarding revision of Occupational Therapy Practice Framework
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Commission on Practice, 2006 – 2008: Consultation regarding revision of Occupational Therapy Practice Framework
  • Society for the Study of Occupation: Zemke lecture review committee, Fall 05
  • Occupational Therapy Associates, Watertown, P.C.: Research Advisory Board, 1999 – 2003
  • Pediatric Therapy Network: Consultation regarding development of fidelity to intervention measures, July 2002
  • Center for Applied Special Technology, Peabody, MA: Institutional Review Board Member, 2000
  • Occupational Therapy Associates, Wakefield, MA: Consultation regarding goal setting and outcomes, November 1999

Editorial Review Activities

  • Occupational Therapy Journal of Research:  Editorial Board – 2013- present
  • Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy: Ad hoc manuscript review – 2013
  • Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research: Ad hoc manuscript review – 2012, 2013
  • Journal of Intellectual Disability Research: Ad hoc manuscript review – 2011
  • Occupational Therapy Journal of Research: Ad hoc manuscript review – 2010
  • Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies: Ad hoc manuscript review – 2009, 2010
  • American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Ad hoc manuscript review – 2009
  • American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Editorial Board (1990-1992, 2002-2004), Guest Editor, Special Issue on Fieldwork (Feb. 1995), Guest Editor, Special Issue on Clinical Reasoning (Nov. 1991), Ad hoc Reviewer (1989 – present)

Awards and Honors

  • Breakfast with a Scholar Keynote Presentation, Texas Occupational Therapy Association, 2014
  • Wilma West Lecturer, University of Southern California Occupational Science Symposium, 2013
  • Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy: Catherine A. Trombly Academic Achievement Award, 2012
  • American Occupational Therapy Foundation: A. Jean Ayres Award for Exemplary Contributions to Scholarship in Practice, Education and Research, 2011
  • Boston University, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Whitney R. Powers Award for Teaching Excellence, 2010
  • Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy: Herbert Hall Award for Outstanding Service to the Profession of Occupational Therapy, 2010
  • American Occupational Therapy Association: Service Commendation Award (2010, 2011), Service Award (2001, 2002)
  • Boston University, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Occupational Therapy: Maternal and Child Health Leadership Training Grant Recipient, Doctoral Trainee Recipient, 1999
  • Boston University, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Occupational Therapy: Anne Henderson Doctoral Fellowship, 1998
  • New England Occupational Therapy Education Council: Certificate of Appreciation, 1994
  • American Occupational Therapy Association: Roster of Fellows, 1993

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