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


Cohen, Keren and Jones, Charlotte. 2022. The Role of Psychological Resilience and Family Dysfunction in the Relationship Between Parental Behavioural Addictions and Adult Mental Health. The European Journal of Counselling Psychology, ISSN 2195-7614

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

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

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.

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

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

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


Baker, Christopher and Cohen, Keren. 2023. Harnessing the Power of Faith: Resilience, Compassion and Psychological Well-being Amongst Women in Contexts of Global Precarity. Project Report. Goldsmiths, University of London, London.