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Bruce J Cohen, MD

Forensic Psychiatry, Inpatient Psychiatry, Outpatient Psychiatry
Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences
Call 434.924.2241
Primary Location:

PO Box 800623

Charlottesville, VA 22908-0623

Secondary Locations:
ABMS Certification:
Psychiatry and Neurology-Psychiatry, 1995
Research Interests:

Coercion, informed consent

Clinical Practice:
Passive-Aggressive Behavior, Social Anxiety Disorder, Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), Psychiatry Services - Adult

Division Head, Division of Forensic Psychiatry; Division Head, Division of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

Associate Professor

Bruce Cohen, MD, is an associate professor of psychiatry and neurobehavioral sciences. He directs the UVA Forensic Psychiatry Residency Training Program, as well as the UVA Electroconvulsive Therapy Service. He also provides the psychiatric component in the “Mind, Brain, and Behavior” course taken by all UVA first year medical students. 

Dr. Cohen has received multiple awards from the School of Medicine, including the Basic Science Teaching Award and the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Cohen received his B.A. and M.D. degrees from The Johns Hopkins University, where he also completed his psychiatry residency training. He came to UVA in 1993 for a forensic psychiatry fellowship and joined the full-time faculty after completion. 

In addition to being the primary provider of electroconvulsive therapy in the central Virginia area, Dr. Cohen lectures throughout the region on forensic psychiatric assessment and mental health law. He also is the author of Theory and Practice of Psychiatry (Oxford University Press), a single-authored textbook used in medical schools and psychiatric residency programs throughout the United States. The textbook provides a conversational yet detailed discussion of conceptual issues, research and treatment in psychiatric and general medical practice.

Johns Hopkins University, 1989
Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins Hospital
Institute for Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy, University of Virginia; Forensic Psychiatry