Mclean Hospital
Julia E. Cohen-Gilbert, PhD

Julia E. Cohen-Gilbert, PhD

McLean Hospital Title:
Harvard Medical School Title:
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


Julia E. Cohen-Gilbert, PhD, employs cognitive and behavioral measures in conjunction with magnetic resonance imaging and magnetic resonance spectroscopy to investigate the role of brain development in cognitive and emotional regulation during adolescence. She is particularly interested in dynamic prefrontal-limbic interactions that contribute to impulsive or risky behavior in this age group. In the Neurodevelopmental Laboratory on Addictions and Mental Health, she has focused her research on questions regarding the initiation and perpetuation of substance use and abuse during adolescence.

Dr. Cohen-Gilbert is currently conducting a NIAAA-funded study examining neural and cognitive factors predicting adverse outcomes in college drinkers. She is also collaborating with McLean’s Adolescent Acute Residential Treatment (ART) Program to study cognitive-emotional regulation and early treatment outcomes in dually diagnosed adolescents and is working with Dr. Marisa Silveri on a longitudinal study of adolescent alcohol use.


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Education & Training:

  • 2002 BA in Biological Basis of Behavior, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2008 MA in Developmental Psychology, University of Minnesota
  • 2010 PhD in Developmental Psychology, University of Minnesota
  • 2010 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School




Office Address:

Belmont campus - McLean Imaging Center, Room 127E