Bullying, bias and hate related incidents are on the rise. NSCC is at the forefront of responding to this public health crisis, but we are in need of financial support to meet the high demand.
Jonathan Cohen, Ph.D. is an educator and a clinician.
Dr. Cohen’s professional life – as a mental health clinician and an educator -- has been focused on what supports and hinders children’s ability to learn and develop in healthy ways. His professional life began as a middle school teacher learning and teaching with learning disabled students at the Marianne Frostig Center for Learning Disabilities in Los Angeles.
In 1996, Jonathan Cohen, Ph.D. and George Igel, MD organized a conference at Teachers College, Columbia University. The meeting was focused on the range of ways that educators and parents can support the healthy development of all children and their ability to learn. This meeting was so rich and successful that Teachers College asked Dr. Cohen to set up a Center. This center grew into what is now the National School Climate Center (NSCC): Educating Minds and Hearts Because the Three Rs’s Are Not Enough (then called the Center for Social and Emotional Education). In late 1999, NSCC became a free standing not for profit.
As president of NSCC (1999 to 2017), he collaboratively developed a series of innovative efforts in the following spheres:
Research & Development:
Under Jonathan’s leadership the National School Climate Center was recognized as a “Great Nonprofit” for four years: 2014 to 2017. http://greatnonprofits.org/org/national-school-climate-center?badge=1.
In partnership with Terry Pickeral and the Education Commission of the States, Dr. Cohen founded the National School Climate Council in 2007: A group of district, state and national researchers, policy and practice leaders devoted to narrowing the gap between school climate research on the one hand and school climate policy, practice and teachers education efforts on the other hand. The Council has been a national and international ‘thought leader’ in developing school climate standards and improvement guidelines.
Today, Dr. Cohen is Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University; and co-editor of the International Journal on School Climate and Violence Prevention; and, elected chair of the American Educational Research Association’s School Climate, Culture and Community Special Interest Group. He is a member of the Aspen Institute’s Distinguished Scientists who are supporting the National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development (www.aspeninstitute.org/programs/national-commission-on-social-emotional-and-academic-development/). He is also a member of CHARACTER.ORG’s educational advisory board.
Dr. Cohen also learns and works clinically with children, their families and adults as a practicing clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst. He is a Diplomat in Clinical Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology. He supervises doctoral students in clinical psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University as well as the City University of New York.
Dr. Cohen has written over than 100 scholarly publications, edited four books, and authored one, Making Your School Safe: Strategies to Protect Children and Promote Learning. The American Library Association has awarded the Best Academic Book of the Year two of his edited books: Educating Minds and Hearts: Social Emotional Learning and the Passage into Adolescence and Caring Classrooms/Intelligent Schools: The Social Emotional Education of Young Children. His papers have been published in leading educational and mental health journals including the Harvard Educational Review, Review of Educational Research, Teachers College Record, Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, Educational Leadership, Inter-American Journal of Education for Democracy, Principal Leadership, International Journal on School Climate and Violence Prevention, and the Journal of Character Education. He has lectured around the world to educators, parents, and mental health professionals.
Jonathan Cohen, Ph.D.
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