Neal J. Cohen is Professor in the Department of Psychology, the Neuroscience Program, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, and the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his PhD in Neuroscience from University of California San Diego, then was a fellow and then a Research Scientist at MIT, and was then a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University, before arriving at Illinois in 1990.
At Illinois, Dr. Cohen serves as (founding) Director of the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute (IHSI), which creates a vision for health sciences at Illinois, drives partnerships and collaborations, launches new programs and centers, and facilitates translation of research and technology to achieve health impact. He is also (founding) Director of the Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory (CNLM), a public-private partnership between the University of Illinois and Abbott Laboratories that is the nation’s first nutritional neuroscience research center; as well as founding Co-Director of the Center for Brain Plasticity.
Dr. Cohen’s work on the cognitive neuroscience of memory has been instrumental in the discovery and characterization of multiple memory systems of the brain, and has advanced the development of novel methods and paradigms for assessing memory in various populations and in interventions aimed at improving memory and cognition. His work has been funded by NIMH, NINDS, NIA, NICHD, NSF, CIA, and IARPA. Dr. Cohen is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an elected Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science.