Rebecca S. Cohen, MD, is renowned as an educator and psychopharmacologist with more than 20 years of distinction in her specialty. She initially pursued an education at Tufts University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1991. She subsequently obtained a Master of Arts in medical sciences from the Boston University Graduate School of Sciences in 1992. In 1997, Dr. Cohen earned an MD in psychiatry from the Boston University School of Medicine after discovering her passion for psychopharmacology during clinical rotations. Dr. Cohen believes that psychopharmacology is the best way to combine the art of connection with the potential of neuroscience, a constantly evolving field, to serve her patients.
From 1998 to 2001, Dr. Cohen completed a residency in the Department of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Designated as the chief resident from 2000 to 2001, she was the recipient of the 2000 and 2001 Hugh H. Hussey Awards for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching for her service at the aforementioned university. From 2001 to 2012, Dr. Cohen found success on the staff of Newton-Wellesley Hospital Department of Psychiatry, specializing in adult psychiatry and psychopharmacology.
In 2014, Dr. Cohen entered private practice in 2014, providing psychopharmacology and transcranial magnetic stimulation to patients throughout Florida. She has excelled as a clinical assistant professor for psychiatry clerkship students at Florida State University since 2018. Moreover, Dr. Cohen was instrumental in national outcome studies for TMS therapy, contributing to a number of patients and data sets, and remains a member of the National TMS Society.
Dr. Cohen has been recognized for excellence in teaching and clinical practice throughout her career. Among other honors, she is the recipient of a Janssen Pharmaceutical Foundation Psychiatry Resident Award of Excellence and the 1997 Boston University Department of Psychiatry Malamud Award. A former research fellow of the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Cohen was additionally honored as a Doctor of Distinction by Sarasota Scene in 2019 and 2020.
Dr. Cohen has also dedicated her time and resources as a volunteer with Jewish Family and Children’s Services, who have celebrated her as a past Volunteer of the Year. She attributes her career success to the work ethic that she learned from her parents and to her sustained love for her field. In the coming years, Dr. Cohen plans to remain in clinical practice, and devote more time to teaching and mentorship of emerging professionals in the field.