Julia Kim-Cohen




A.B., Stanford University

Ph.D., University of Rochester


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 childhood 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 (funded by the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health & the University of Wisconsin at Madison). 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 taught for many years at Yale University before returning to UIC in 2014 to teach in the undergraduate program in the Department of Psychology. She loves teaching and talking about teaching with colleagues to share ideas for active learning strategies to improve student engagement, strengthen critical thinking skills, and encourage life-long learning. Dr. Kim-Cohen serves on the editorial board of the journal, Development & Psychopathology, and is a licensed clinical psychologist.


270 - Abnormal Psychology

321 - Laboratory in Developmental Psychology

340 - Psychological Testing

381 - Psychology of Interviewing

394 - Special Topics: Resilience

Teaching-related honors:

2012 & 2014 - National Academies Education Fellow in the Sciences, Yale University

2016 & 2017 - Teaching Scholar, Center for the Advancement of Teaching-Learning Communities, UIC

Selected Publications:

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.,…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.






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Contact Information

Office: 2056B BSB
Phone: 312-355-3574
Fax: 312-413-1703
Email: juliakim@uic.edu