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Shuki Cohen
Position: Associate Professor
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center|John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Phone: 646-209-8207
Office Hours: By appointment
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, New York University, USA
M.Sc., Brain Neuroscience, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
B.Sc., Biophysical Chemistry, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
Training Area: Clinical Psychology @ John Jay College
Research Interests: Psychology of Terrorism, Violent Radicalization, Disinformation, Conspiracies, Coercive Persuasion, Extremist Cults, Coercive Group Dynamics, Coercive Control, Intimate Partner Aggression & Violence.

Dr. Cohen is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a faculty member at The Graduate Center, CUNY. He is also the co-director of the college’s Center on Terrorism.  

Dr. Cohen obtained his B.Sc. in Biophysical Chemistry (Cum Laude) and M.Sc. in Brain Neuroscience from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. After working as a neuroscientist at University of California, Berkeley he received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from New York University. Dr. Cohen is trained in both psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapy, and externed for 2 years with Albert Ellis at his Institute for Rational-Emotive Behavioral Therapy.  He completed his internship at Bellevue and Gouverneur hospitals in New York City, followed by a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at Yale Medical School Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Cohen teaches both clinical courses and courses on socio-political violence and extremism - mostly at the graduate level. 

Dr. Cohen's research concerns coercive persuasion, indoctrination, and radicalization to criminal and/or violent acts. Dr. Cohen’s team reflects both his clinical and neuroscience backgrounds, in developing both computational and psycho-linguistic tools as proximal and minimally-biased indicators of the mindset, mental health and cognitive-emotional functioning of perpetrators of political violence, in lieu of traditional interviews.

Courses Taught
  • Psychology of Terrorism (Graduate)
  • Terrorism and Apocalyptic Violence (Graduate)
  • Seminar in Terrorism Studies (Graduate)
  • Psychology of Disinformation, Conspiracies, and Extremist Cults
  • Group Dynamics and Treatment (Graduate)
  • Advanced Concepts in Psychotherapy (Graduate)
  • Advanced Theories of Personality (Graduate)
  • Cognitive Psychology (Undergraduate)
  • Psychology of Personality (Undergraduate)
  • Pomerantz, J., Cohen, S. J., Doychak, K. & Raghavan, C. (2021). "Linguistic Indicators of Coercive Control in Sex Trafficking Narratives." Violence and Gender.
  • Cohen, S. J. (2019). "The Unconscious in Terror: An Overview of Psychoanalytic Contributions to the Psychology of Terrorism and Violent Radicalization". International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 16(4):216-228.
  • Rahmani, F., Hemmati, A. Cohen, S. J. and Meloy, J.R (2019). "The Interplay between Antisocial and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Characteristics in Cult-like Religious Groups: A Psychodynamic Decoding of the DSM-5". International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 16(4):258-273.
  • Cohen, S. J., Holt, T., Freilich, J. D. & Chermak, S. M. (2018). "Invisible Empire of Hate: Gender Differences in the Ku Klux Klan’s Online Justifications for Violence". Violence and Gender, 5(4), 209-225.
  • Cohen, S. J., Kruglanski, A. W., Gelfand, M., Webber, D., Gunaratna, R. & Katz, R. (2018). "Al-Qaeda’s Propaganda Decoded: A Psycholinguistic System for Detecting Variations in Terrorism Ideology". Terrorism and Political Violence, 30(1): 142–171. DOI 
  • Cohen, S. J. (2016). "Mapping the Minds of Suicide Bombers using Linguistic Methods: The Corpus of Palestinian Suicide Bombers Farewell Letters (CoPSBFL)". Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 39, 7-8, 749-780.
  • Cohen, S. J. (2015). "Breakable and Unbreakable Silences: Implicit Dehumanization and Anti-Arab Prejudice in Israeli Soldiers’ Narratives Concerning Palestinian Women". International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 12, 3, 245-277.
  • Raghavan, C., Cohen, S. J. & Tamborra, T. (2015). "Development and Preliminary Validation of the Multidimensional Sexual Coercion Questionnaire (MSCQ)". Journal of Sexual Aggression, 21, 3, 271-289. 
  • Cohen, S. J. (2013). "When Unconscious Wishes Become Laws: Policing Memory and Identity in Israel–Palestine". International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 10, 2, 152-173.
  • Cohen, S. J. (2012). "Construction and Preliminary Validation of a Dictionary for Cognitive Rigidity: Linguistic Markers of Overconfidence and Overgeneralization and their Concomitant Psychological Distress". Journal of Psycholinguistics Research, 41, 347-370. 
  • Cohen, S. J. (2011). "Measurement of negativity bias in personal narratives using corpus-based emotion dictionaries". Journal of Psycholinguistics Research, 40, 2, 119-135.
  • Cohen, S. (2011). "Prejudice and the Unexamined Life: A Neuro-Psychoanalytic Framework for the Repressed Conflict between Ethnic and National Identities among Arab-Jews in Israel". International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 8, 4, 325–340.
  • Cohen, S.J. (2009). "Healers on the Fault Lines: Trauma as a Risky Opportunity for Growth, Mental Flexibility and the Inclination to Heal Others". Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 6, 3, 211-224.
  • Cohen, S.J. (2009). "Gender Differences in Speech Temporal Patterns Detected Using Lagged Co-occurrence Text- Analysis of Personal Narratives". Journal of Psycholinguistics Research, 38, 2, 111-127.
  • Saksa, J.R, Cohen, S.J, Srihari, V., Woods, S.W. (2009). "Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Early Psychosis: A Comprehensive Review of Individual vs. Group Treatment Studies". International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 59, 3, 357-383.