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Marlene Cohen

Marlene Cohen

Program Director/Department Chair
  • Marlene J Cohen, EdD, BCBA-D

  • The Chicago School Online
Department
Applied Behavior Analysis
Address
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Online)
Office Location
Office Phone
On-campus Ext.
Email
mcohen@thechicagoschool.edu
Website
Biography

Marlene Cohen, Ed.D., BCBA-D is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and  has been teaching online for The Chicago School for Professional Psychology since 2008. She is also the founder of Possibilities, LLC, which provides ABA services to children, adolescents, and adults with autism, developmental disabilities, ADD, and/or other learning issues.

Dr. Cohen has over 30 years of experience in the field in private, public, and university settings. She has presented both nationally and internationally at conferences on a variety of Applied Behavior Analysis topics.

Dr. Cohen is a co-founder and first President of the New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis and was instrumental in its development. The New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis is a state chapter of the International Association for Behavior Analysis.

Areas of professional interest include: precision teaching, transition to adulthood, self-determination, functional assessment of challenging behaviors, social skills instruction for students with Asperger’s Syndrome, the use of visual supports for learners with autism, and curriculum development. Areas of research interest include: precision teaching and relational frame theory.

Education

Dr. Cohen received her B.A. in Psychology from Douglas College, Rutgers University; her M.Ed. in Special Education and Supervisor of Education Certificate from Trenton State College; and her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

Licensure(s)

Dr. Cohen is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the doctoral level.

Areas Of Expertise

Select Presentations

  • Cohen, M. (2007 May). Developmental disabilities and autism: Where's the data? An Invited Address, Presented at the annual Association for Behavior Analysis Convention, San Diego, CA.

  • Cohen, M. (2004, May). A lifetime of learning. Keynote Presentation at Commonwealth Autism Services Annual Conference, Richmond, VA.

  • Cohen, M. (2001, July). Meeting the needs of students with autism: A recipe for success. Presented at the Biennial International Association of Special Education Conference, Warsaw, Poland.

  • Cohen, M. (1997, August). Eden’s Bio-Behavioral Model: A multifaceted assessment strategy for individuals with autism. Presented at the Biennial International Association of Special Education Conference, Cape Town, South Africa.

Select Publications

  • Cohen, M. (2007). Visual supports for people with autism: A Guide for Parents and Professionals. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House.

  • Cohen, M. (2006). The Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center. In S. L. Harris & J. S. Handleman (Eds.), School-Age education programs for children with autism. Austin, TX: Pro-Ed.

  • Cohen, M. (2006). Negotiating the school years and preparing for adulthood. In S. L. Harris & J. S. Handleman (Eds.), School-Age education programs for children with autism. Austin, TX: Pro-Ed.

  • Cohen, M. (2005). The effect of increasing the rate of clerical skill performance on challenging behavior. The Journal of Precision Teaching and Celeration, 21(2), 2-12.

Community Involvement

  • Behavior Support Plan Peer Review Committee, Georgia Department of Devlopmental Disabilities and Behavioral Health, Region 5

Professional Memberships

  • Full member, Association for Behavior Analysis International
  • Member, Association for Professional Behavior Analysts
  • Member, Standard Celebration Society