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About Lois K. Cohen

Lois Cohen

Consultant 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, US Department of Health and Human Services, Bethesda, Maryland.

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. She received an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Letters) from Purdue in 1989, the first sociologist ever to receive that honor from Purdue. 

During her 57-year career, she has edited and authored four books on the social sciences and dentistry, and published more than 150 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 had served or currently serves on various organization boards including: The Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders, Center for Integrative Global Oral Health, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Foundation Against HIV/AIDS in Africa, the Journal of the American Dental Association, the Friends of the Organization of Safety, Asepsis and Prevention, The Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund, The Caplin Family Charities, The Regulatory Affairs Society's Global Advisory Council, The 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. She regularly serves as an Expert Consultant to the World Health Organization in Geneva, its regional offices in the Americas (Pan American Health Organization-PAHO) and the office for the African Region (AFRO) and various universities and associations focusing on global health through oral health.