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Julia Kim-Cohen, PhD

Senior Lecturer

General and Applied Programs


Building & Room:

2056B BSB


1007 W Harrison Street

Office Phone:

(312) 355-3574


Dr. Kim-Cohen majored in psychology as an undergraduate at Stanford University and received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Rochester. Her training as a developmental psychopathologist focused on the impact of adversity on children’s mental health outcomes, including disordered attachment, conduct disorder, and resilience. She first joined UIC as a predoctoral intern at the Institute for Juvenile Research in the Department of Psychiatry before doing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London and the NIMH-funded Training Program in Emotion Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research investigated genetic and environmental contributions to resilience, the childhood origins of adult psychiatric diagnoses, and the association between maternal depression and children’s conduct problems. Dr. Kim-Cohen was on the faculty at Yale University for many years before returning to UIC in 2014 to teach in the undergraduate program in the Department of Psychology.

In 2019, Dr. Kim-Cohen was awarded a fellowship as part of the Teaching Sustainability Initiative from the UIC Office of Sustainability. She teaches about the various mental health consequences that can result from exposure to climate change-related natural disasters, as well as the mental health benefits that can come about through connection with the natural world and adopting a less materialistic, more sustainable lifestyle.

Dr. Kim-Cohen serves on the editorial board of the journal, Development & Psychopathology, and is a licensed clinical psychologist.

Selected Publications

Kim-Cohen, J. & Turkewitz, R. (2012). Resilience and measured gene-environment interactions. Development & Psychopathology, 24, 1297-1306.

Kim-Cohen, J. & Gold, A. L. (2009). Measured gene-environment interactions and mechanisms promoting resilient development. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 18, 138-142.

Caspi, A., Williams, B., Kim-Cohen, J., Craig, I. W., Milne, B. J., Poulton, R., Schalkwyk, L. C., Taylor, A., Werts, H., & Moffitt, T. E. (2007). Moderation of breastfeeding effects on cognitive development by genetic variation in fatty acid metabolism. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 104, 18860-18865.

Kim-Cohen, J., Caspi, A., Taylor, A., Williams, B., Newcombe, R., Craig, I., & Moffitt, T. E. (2006). MAOA, maltreatment, and gene-environment interaction predicting children’s mental health: New evidence and a meta-analysis. Molecular Psychiatry, 11, 903-913.

Kim-Cohen, J., Moffitt, T. E., Taylor, A., Pawlby, S. J., & Caspi, A. (2005). Maternal depression and child antisocial behavior: Nature and nurture effects. Archives of General Psychiatry, 62, 173-181.

Kim-Cohen, J., Moffitt, T. E., Caspi, A., & Taylor, A. (2004). Genetic and environmental processes in young children’s resilience to socioeconomic deprivation. Child Development, 75, 651-668.

Kim-Cohen, J., Caspi, A., Moffitt, T. E., Harrington, H. L., Milne, B., & Poulton, R. (2003). Prior juvenile diagnoses in adults with mental disorder: Developmental follow-back of a prospective-longitudinal cohort. Archives of General Psychiatry, 60, 709-717.

Notable Honors

2022, Silver Circle Award for Teaching Excellence, UIC

2019, Teaching Recognition Program Award, UIC

2019, Sustainability Teaching Fellow, UIC Office of Sustainability

2017, Teaching Scholar, UIC Center for the Advancement of Teaching-Learning Communities

2016, Teaching Scholar, UIC Center for the Advancement of Teaching-Learning Communities

2014, National Academies Science Education Fellow, Yale University

2012, National Academies Science Education Fellow, Yale University


AB, Stanford University

PhD, University of Rochester