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Allan Y. Cohen, PhD, Clinical Psychology
Vice President and Founder
Calverton Center
Calverton, Maryland

Phone: (301) 755-2700
Fax: (202) 255-7986
Email: aycohen@aol.com


Dr. Cohen brings to the Insitute over 35 years experience in prevention-related technical assistance, evaluation, training and technology transfer. For N.I.D.A., and “OSAP,” he led the Pyramid Project (first and longest-running prevention technical assistance effort) for 11 years and for CSAP directed the National Center for the Advancement of Prevention for two years. Long-term Associate Editor of the Journal of Primary Prevention, Dr. Cohen has personally provided technical assistance and technology transfer services to in 35 states and to more than 20 State Agencies.

Dr. Cohen was responsible for the design and early management of PIRE’s evaluation for CSAP’s National Training System, generating innovative recommendations for maximizing technology transfer effectiveness and helping create evaluation methodologies (“open-systems evaluation” and “outcome engineering”) that show substantial promise for application to CSAP’s CAPTs. He was key in strategizing and building PIRE’s ongoing PREVENT effort for the U.S. Navy, the nation’s largest substance abuse prevention training project. He was responsible for designing and directing the CSAP National Center for the Advancement of Prevention.

Dr. Cohen helped prepare two key monographs for CSAP (on the selection of prevention strategies and on community mobilization strategies) and currently supervises technology transfer evaluation studies on prevention/intervention efforts involving drug courts, school-based prevention curricula, substance abuse community coalitions, and faith-based prevention efforts. He also acted as corporate supervisor for large-scale contracts from the U.S. Department of Education, including the Character Education and Civic Engagement Technical Assistance Center (CETAC). He also serves as the co-Board Chair of the Foundation for Autism Support and Training.

As a consultant he lectured at over 50 American and International Universities and consulted for the White House, Department of State, ABC and HBO television, the US Air Force and US Army among many others. As a licensed clinical psychologist, he also consults with individuals and families surrounding substance abuse problems. with Peter Marin, he was author of a then groundbreaking book, Understanding Drug Use: A Guide to Drugs and the Young (Harper & Row, 1977). Dr. Cohen was the recipient of a Lifetime Career Achievement Award by NASADAD and in 1999 a Career Achievement Award from CSAP for his work with parents and substance abuse prevention.

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