Sally Cohen


Clinical Professor

1 505 918 5058

433 First Avenue
New York, NY 10010
United States

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Professional overview

Sally S. Cohen, PhD, RN, FAAN, Clinical Professor, joined the College of Nursing in September 2015. Dr. Cohen earned her BA degree in International Relations in 1975 from Cornell University. In 1980, she graduated from Yale University with an MSN degree, prepared as a pediatric nurse practitioner. In 1993, Dr. Cohen completed her PhD in Public Health and American Government at Columbia University. Dr. Cohen has selectively engaged in administrative service over the last three decades, starting in 1979 as a National League for Nursing/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Public Policy Fellow in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 1983, she was appointed Director, Public Policy and Research at the National League of Nursing. From 1986 -1988 Dr. Cohen was the Associate Dean for Student Affairs at Columbia University School of Nursing. For 17 years, Dr. Cohen was faculty (tenured in 2005) at Yale University, where she established the master's specialty in nursing management, policy, and leadership. In 2009, Dr. Cohen joined the University of New Mexico faculty as Associate Professor (tenured) and Director, RWJF Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative. Dr. Cohen was selected as the 2014-2015 AAN-ANA-ANF-Distinguished Nurse Scholar in Residence at the Institute of Medicine, where she was part of the study team for a consensus study on bullying prevention among children and youth (http://sites.nationalacademies.org/dbasse/bcyf/dbasse_172064). Dr. Cohen’s scholarship focuses on child health policy and integration of health policy into nursing practice, education, and research. She has authored over 20 peer-reviewed articles, many book chapters, and the book, Championing Child Care (2001), which analyzes three decades of U.S. policy and politics for child care.  Dr. Cohen has successfully secured grant funding throughout her career totaling over $7 million. Perhaps most impressive is her record of presenting her work; she has given more than 30 presentations of her work in a wide variety of venues ranging from poster and panel presentations at both national and international conferences. She is Editor-in-Chief of Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice: (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/policy-politics-nursing-practice/journal201332) and was elected to the American Academy of Nursing in 1988.

BA - Cornell University
MSN - Yale University
PhD - Columbia University
Honors and awards
Elected to American Academy of Nursing (1988)
90 Nurses for 90 Years, Yale University School of Nursing (2013)
Kaplan-Landy Award for Vision, Innovation, and Leadership, Hadassah National Nurses Council (2008)
Elected to the New York Academy of Medicine (2006)
Ellen Rudy Clore Excellence in Writing Award, Journal of Pediatric Health Care (1998)
Marisa de Castro Benton Prize, for outstanding dissertation in Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University (1993)
Dissertation approved with distinction (1993)
Elected to Sigma Theta Tau, International, Honor Society for Nursing, as charter member Delta Mu Chapter (1979)
Community/population health
Professional membership
American Academy of Nursing
American Nurses Association
American Political Science Association
International Bullying Prevention Association
Pediatric Endocrine Nurses Society
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