Ralph S. Cohen, Ph.D. is Professor in the Department of Counseling and Family Therapy at Central Connecticut State University and is director of the Master's program in Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Cohen developed innovations in teaching the Family Systems paradigm, applying an integrative "Metaframeworks" approach in conceptualizing various domains of systems theory.
Dr. Cohen has been a leading proponent of the Internal Family Systemssm (IFS) therapy model developed by Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D., which applies principles of family systems theory to working with individuals suffering from trauma. Since 1997, Dr. Cohen has coordinated a professional training program in the IFS model through CCSU’s Continuing Education program and has trained hundreds of professionals and graduate students in the model. He is a nationally-recognized lead trainer in the IFS model and was founding co-editor of the Journal of Self Leadership, a professional periodical dedicated to the advancement of the IFS model. He has presented workshops and lectures at local, national, and international conferences and continues to develop innovations in the model. His research interests include outcome studies into the effectiveness of the IFS model with various populations.
Dr. Cohen is active in the professional community in promoting the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. He has served on the Board of Directors and chaired several committees for the Connecticut Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CTAMFT). His professional affiliations include: Clinical Membership and Approved Supervisor designation in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), membership in the Connecticut Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CTAMFT), membership in the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA), and membership in the American Psychological Association. Through his leadership in the CTAMFT Advocacy Committee, he was instrumental in the passage of legislation in Connecticut to create a civil service classification for MFTs and to certify MFTs to work in school systems. Dr. Cohen also serves on the Internal Family Systems (IFS) Research Outreach Committee, which promotes research on the IFS model of therapy.
Dr. Cohen has a clinical practice in West Hartford, Connecticut, in which he works with individuals, couples, and families.