About Lois K. Cohen, PhD

Doctor Mirta Roses PeriagoConsultant and Paul G. Rogers Ambassador for Global Health Research; Formerly Associate Director for International Health—National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health

Philadelphia-born and educated at the Philadelphia High School for Girls (1956) and University of Pennsylvania (1960), Dr. Lois Cohen earned her MS (1961) and PhD in sociology at Purdue University (1963). After serving as a visiting lecturer in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Howard University in Washington, DC, Dr. Cohen began her federal government career as a research sociologist in the Division of Dental Health of the then Department of Health, Education and Welfare.  During her 42-year career, she has edited and authored four books on the social sciences and dentistry, and published more than 120 professional journal articles. She co-directed the World Health Organization (WHO) International Collaborative Study of Dental Manpower Systems in relation to Oral Health Status, a study in 10 industrialized countries, and was involved in facilitating the design and conduct of the WHO International Collaborative Study of Oral Health Outcomes, published in 1997.

Dr. Cohen currently serves on various organization boards including: Foundation Against HIV/AIDS in Africa, the Friends of the Organization of Safety and Asepsis Procedures, Edward B. Shils Educational Entrepreneurial Fund-Program Advisory Board, D. Walter Cohen Middle East Center for Dental Education- Advisory Committee, and the Institute of Musculoskeletal Health & Arthritis of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

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