Flora Cohen, MSW

Research Manager, Transcultural Psychosocial Organization

Flora has over 10 years of experience supporting the mental health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations. She has primarily been involved in research that seeks to understand psychosocial wellbeing and support for displaced people in low resource settings, especially caregivers and their children. She is currently a Research Manager with Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) Uganda, and she is pursuing a doctoral degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis. She is skilled in mixed-methods, especially participatory qualitative data collection and quantitative data analysis. Prior to academia, Flora also practiced clinical social work through the provision trauma-informed therapy such as child parent psychotherapy to parents and children under age five. She is highly skilled at understanding the psychological, social, and holistic needs of children and their caregivers.

Email: flora.cohen@wustl.edu

Professional Expertise


International development, Public health, Psychology, Social work, Social and behavioral sciences


Common mental health conditions, Conflict/post-conflict settings, Gender-based violence and intimate partner violence, Grief and loss, Resilience, Severe mental health conditions, Stress and coping, Trauma

Methodological Areas

Community engagement and CBPR, Human-centered design/design thinking/innovation techniques, Implementation science, mHealth/eHealth, Program evaluation, Qualitative methods, Quantitative methods, Systematic review/metaanalyses

Strategies expertise

Community engagement, Capacity building, Dissemination and implementation, Health technology, Partnership development, Supervision and coaching, Sustainability, Task shifting/sharing

Intervention Expertise

Mental health awareness/promotion, Family interventions, Psychosocial skills, School-based interventions, Cognitive behavioral therapy, Problem solving therapy, Interpersonal therapy, Mindfulness/meditation

Partnership Expertise

Community-based organizations/coalitions, Faith-based organizations, International NGOs, Schools and universities