Dr Keren Cohen

Staff details

Position Head of Therapies & Senior Lecturer
Email k.cohen (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 0207 919 7235
Dr Keren Cohen

Keren Cohen is a Lecturer in the department and a course convenor for the BA in Psychosocial Studies. Her academic background is in clinical psychology, with an emphasis on trauma and well-being. She was trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy and alongside her academic career she also works as a counsellor. 

Keren is an active researcher and has a keen interest in positive psychology with an emphasis on well-being, happiness and posttraumatic growth. She has had several publications in this area, drawing on both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

Academic qualifications

  • BA in Behavioural Science
  • MA in Clinical Psychology
  • PhD in Psychology

Areas of supervision

Keren's areas of supervision include well-being and quality of life, life stories, psychological trauma, vicarious trauma and posttraumatic growth.

Research Interests

As a general framework, I am interested in the areas of Happiness and Well-being with a specific interest in Posttraumatic Growth, that is, the ability of people to grow and develop after experiencing trauma. Within this area, I have been looking at life stories and their relation to growth as well as the impact that trauma work has on those who carry it out. Recently I have started working on exploring and developing the concept of Vicarious Posttraumatic Growth.

Publications and research outputs


Florez, Estephania; Cohen, Keren; Ferenczi, Nelli; Linnell, Karina J; Lloyd, Joda; Goddard, Lorna; Kumashiro, Madoka and Freeman, Jonathan. 2020. Linking Recent Discrimination-Related Experiences and Wellbeing via Social Cohesion and Resilience. Journal of Positive School Psychology, 4(1), pp. 92-104. ISSN 2717-7564

Cohen, Keren and Collens, Paula. 2013. The impact of trauma work – A meta-synthesis on vicarious trauma and vicarious trauma growth. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 5(6), pp. 570-580. ISSN 1942-9681

Brockhouse, Rebecca; Msetfi, Rachel; Cohen, Keren and Joseph, Stephen. 2011. Vicarious Exposure to Trauma and Growth in Therapists: The Moderating Effects of Sense of Coherence, Organisational Support and Empathy. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 24(6), pp. 735-742. ISSN 0894-9867

Rose, H; Cohen, Keren and Kinney, c. 2011. Mothers' experiences of mental health services following their children's self-harm. Family Science, 2(3), pp. 196-202. ISSN 1942-4620

Evans, Kathryn; Law, Heather; Turner, Rosilin Elizabeth; Rogers, Andrew and Cohen, Keren. 2010. A pilot study evaluating care staffs’ perceptions of their experience of psychological consultation within a mental health setting. Child Care in Practice, 17(2), pp. 205-219. ISSN 1357-5279

Berry, Katherine; Blackburn, Clare and Cohen, Keren. 2010. Factors correlated with client attachment to mental health services. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 198(8), pp. 572-575. ISSN 0022-3018

Cohen, Keren; Mawson, Amy and Berry, Katherine. 2010. Appraisals of auditory hallucinations and distress during psychosis. Clinical Psychology Review, 30(2), pp. 248-258. ISSN 0272-7358

Mawson, Amy; Cohen, Keren and Berry, Katherine. 2010. Reviewing evidence for the cognitive model of auditory hallucinations: The relationship between cognitive voice appraisals and distress during psychosis. Clinical Psychology Review, 30(2), pp. 248-258. ISSN 0272-7358

Horrige, Gema; Cohen, Keren and Gaskall, Sara. 2010. BurnEd: exploring factors influencing a burn-Injured child’s return to education. Burns, 36(5), pp. 630-638.

Rose, Helena and Cohen, Keren. 2010. The experiences of young carers: A meta-synthesis of qualitative findings. Journal of Youth Studies, 13, pp. 473-487. ISSN 1367-6261

Splevins, Katie; Cohen, Keren; Joseph, Steven; Murray, Craig and Bowley, Jack. 2010. Vicarious posttraumatic growth among interpreters. Journal of Qualitative Health Research, 20(12), pp. 1705-1719. ISSN 1049-7323

Splevins, Katie; Cohen, Keren; Morray, Craig; Bowley, Jack and Joseph, Stephen. 2010. Post –traumatic growth following adversity: Cross cultural perspective. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 15(3), pp. 259-277.

Cohen, Keren and Shmotkin, Dov. 2007. Emotional ratings of meaningful life periods and their relation to subjective well-being among Holocaust survivors. Personality and Individual Differences, 43(3), pp. 495-506. ISSN 0191-8869

Cohen, Keren; Shmotkin, Dov and Berkovich, Michael. 2006. Combining Happines's and Suffering in a Retrospective View of Anchor Periods in Life: A Differential Approach to Subjective Well-Being. Social Indicators Research, 77(1), pp. 139-169. ISSN 03038300