Associate Professor, Department of Psychology (Social), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2000
Dr. Cohen's main research interests fuse cultural, social, and personality psychology. He is interested in how religious differences function as cultural differences, affecting domains including religious identity and motivation, well-being, moral judgment, forgiveness, and the like. Cohen is also interested in applying evolutionary theory to religion. He is associate editor of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and on the editorial boards of several other leading journals.
He has had grant funding from the Notre Dame Science of Generosity program (Dr. Carolyn Warner, PI) to study generosity among European Catholics and Muslims; and from NSF to study ethinicity, religion, and forgiveness for mass atrocities (such as slavery and the Holocaust). He has current grant funding from the Templeton Foundation to study religion and volunteer behavior (with Drs. Morris Okun and Kathryn Johnson), and DARPA to study narrative persuasion and the brain.
Dr. Cohen is a fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, the 2009 recipient of the Margaret Gorman award from the American Psychological Association, and the 2012 Gumby Award winner from the ASU Department of Psychology.