Dr. Avital Cohen is a Georgia and Alabama licensed clinical psychologist who enjoys working with children, adolescents, and their families. Currently, Dr. Cohen specializes in the assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as other common problems in the pediatric population, including developmental delays, learning problems, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), emotional disorders, behavioral issues, and more. She has been passionate about working with children since beginning her graduate studies and became more interested in working with autism spectrum and other neurodevelopmental disorders when on a child and adolescent rotation at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. During internship she had the opportunity to participate in multidisciplinary teams and become trained in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale (ADOS), as well as a variety of other measures. Dr. Cohen continues to seek training opportunities to keep her assessment skills and knowledge up to date. She also spent time working with adults with developmental disabilities between her undergraduate and graduate studies. This allowed her to gain a better understanding of, and sensitivity to, the challenges that families of children with developmental disabilities face.
In addition to a variety of assessment services, Dr. Cohen also offers consultation and parent training. It is important to Dr. Cohen to look at the entire family system when treating an individual, as she has found that is the most effective manner in which to aid both the individual and their family into more successful, productive functioning. Dr. Cohen also has significant experience in the assessment and treatment of trauma related challenges from her background serving on active duty in the Army.
Dr. Cohen obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and then earned her Masters and Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from Argosy University in Atlanta. While in graduate school, she received a special commendation from the faculty, as well as recognition for outstanding academic performance.
Dr. Cohen began her career as a psychologist working as an active duty captain in the United States Army. She was selected for the prestigious 3 year Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP), which was only awarded to 3 other individuals in the year she was chosen. Dr. Cohen completed her internship at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX, where she received training in child and adolescent services, neuropsychological assessment, and general psychology services. Dr. Cohen then worked at Martin Army Community Hospital in Fort Benning, GA, where her responsibilities increased from strictly patient care to a balance of patient care and administrative responsibilities as the assistant chief of Outpatient Mental Health Services. In support of her fellow soldiers, Dr. Cohen deployed to Iraq to provide mental health services for soldiers and support staff. She was awarded a Bronze Star for her service and dedication during deployment. Upon completing her service in the military, Dr. Cohen completed a postdoctoral fellowship, where she gained further training in the assessment of autism spectrum disorders, developmental disorders, and other problems commonly experienced by children and their families.