Julia Kim-Cohen, PhD
General and Applied Programs
Building & Room:
1007 W Harrison Street
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 moving to the U.K. for a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. There, 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.
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.
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., 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., 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.
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. & Gold, A. L. (2009). Measured gene-environment interactions and mechanisms promoting resilient development. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 18, 138-142.
Kim-Cohen, J. & Turkewitz, R. (2012). Resilience and measured gene-environment interactions. Development & Psychopathology, 24, 1297-1306.
2012 & 2014, National Academies Science Education Fellow, Yale University
2016 & 2017, Teaching Scholar, UIC Center for the Advancement of Teaching-Learning Communities
2019, Sustainability Teaching Fellow, UIC Office of Sustainability
2019, Teaching Recognition Program Award, UIC
AB, Stanford University
PhD, University of Rochester