Prof. Miri Cohen received a Bachelor of Social Work degree from The Hebrew University in 1973 and a Master of Social Work from The University of Haifa in 1986. She then received her PhD in 2000 from the Faculty of Medicine at Technion, focusing on psycho-neuro-immunology in her research.
She first started at the University of Haifa as a lecturer in 2000 and proceeded to the rank of a Full Professor in 2014. In addition to her teaching and research roles, Prof. Cohen served as the head of the Gerontology Department from 2006 to 2012 and as the Head of the School of Social Work from 2015 to 2019.
Prof. Cohen has been working on promoting the field of psycho-oncology in Israel and serves as the president of the Israel Psycho-Oncology Society and a board member of the Israeli Oncology Council.
Previously, she served as a board member of the Journals Psycho-Oncology and The Journal of Research in Social Work Practice and an Associate Editor of Quality of Life Research journal.
Throughout her career, Prof. Cohen has been awarded various prestigious research grants, including grants from The Israel Science Foundation, the Israel Cancer Association and Müllerska Foundation, and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
Prof. Cohen’s research interests lie mainly in the field of psycho-oncology, psycho-neuro-immunology, various aspects of coping with stress, and cultural aspects of health behaviors.
In the field of psycho-oncology, Prof. Cohen’s research examines aspects of cancer survivors’ coping and post-treatment symptom clusters in relation to immune parameters. She attempts to understand the processes of meaning and personal growth across the lifespan and across various stages of cancer.
Her research in psycho-neuro-immunology examines the complex processes between individual characteristics (e.g., personal resilience, self-compassion, coping strategies) and immune functions, inflammatory measures, and heart rate variability.
In her research on coping with stress, she looks at the implications of coping for people’s physical and mental health, their physiological biomarkers, and health behaviors.
Living in a multicultural society, Prof. Cohen is especially interested in the effects of religion and culture on personal and family coping with cancer and how the cultural factors affect responsiveness to performing screening tests for early detection of cancer.
Yagil, D., Goldblatt, H., & Cohen, M. (2021). Family members' experiences of the return to work of cancer survivors. Health & Social Care in the Community. https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.13388
Soffer, M., Cohen, M., & Azaiza, F. (2021). The moderating role of clinical experience in the relationship between patient characteristics, attributed barriers to mammography, beliefs about cancer, and clinical decisions: A study of Israeli Arab physicians. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40615-021-01008-5
Cohen, M., Yagil, D., & Carel, R. (2021). A multidisciplinary working model for promoting return to work of cancer survivors. Supportive Care in Cancer, 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-021-06074-3
Baziliansky, S., & Cohen, M. (2021). Emotion regulation and psychological distress in cancer survivors: A systematic review and meta‐analysis. Stress and Health, 37(1), 3-18. https://doi.org/10.1002/smi.2972
Baziliansky, S., & Cohen, M. (2021). Post-treatment psychological distress among colorectal cancer survivors: Relation to emotion regulation patterns and personal resources. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12529-020-09952-y
Kochli-Hailovski, T., Marai, I., Lorber, A., & Cohen, M. (2021). Providing regular grandchild care: Grandparents’ psychological and physical health. Geriatric Nursing, 42(1), 173-180. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gerinurse.2020.07.008
Cohen, M., Rosenfeld, M., & Greenblatt‐Kimron, L. (2021). Development and validation of the Fatalistic Causal Attributions of Cancer Questionnaire: A three‐phase study. Psycho‐Oncology, 30(1), 35-43. https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.5531
Ivzori-Erel, A., Bar-Sela, G., & Cohen, M. (2020). Introducing the concept sense of place: A mediator between place of care and emotional distress of patients with cancer at the end of life. Psycho-Oncology, 29(11), 1951-1958. https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.5530
Cohen, M., Levkovich, I., Katz, R., Fried, G., & Pollack, S. (2020). Low physical activity, fatigue and depression in breast cancer survivors: Moderation by levels of IL-6 and IL-8. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 158, 96–102. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2020.09.011
Edited Books and Special Journal Issues – Published
Azaiza, F., Nahmiash, N., & Cohen, M. (Eds.) (2010). Social, health and education services in times of emergency. Haifa: Pardes.
Cohen, M., & Golander, H. (2010) (Invited editors for a special issue). Teaching gerontology A. Gerontology, 37(1), 1-150. [Hebrew].
Cohen, M., & Golander, H. (2010) (Invited editors for a special issue). Teaching gerontology B. Gerontology, 37(2), 2, 1-160. [Hebrew].
Prilutzky, D. & Cohen, M. (Eds.) (2015). Practical gerontology: A multi-cultural perspective on treatment of older adults (Vol. 1). Jerusalem: ESHEL. [Hebrew].
Prilutzky, D. & Cohen, M. (Eds.) (2015). Practical gerontology: A multi-cultural perspective on treatment of older adults, (Vol. 2). Jerusalem: ESHEL. [Hebrew].
Articles or Chapters in Scientific Books
Cohen, M., & Pollack, S. (2006). Perceptions, coping, and immune functions in women with familial risk of breast cancer. In A. Lee (Ed.), Coping with disease (pp. 175-202). New York: Nova Science.
Cohen, M., & Azaiza, F. (2008). Beliefs, facilitators and barriers to screenings for early detection of breast cancer among Arab Women. In R. W. Pierce & R. I. Schwartz (Eds.), New perspective on knowledge, attitudes and practices in health (pp. 259-271). New York: Nova Science.
Cohen, M., & Azaiza, F. (2009). Promoters and barriers to screening for breast cancer among Arab women. In R. Herz-Lazarovitz, H. Abu-Baker, & A. Ganem (Eds.), Arab women in Israel: present state and view to the future (pp. 151-162). Tel Aviv: Ramot. [Hebrew].
Cohen, M., & Yahav, R. (2010). Acute stress symptoms in citizens of Northern and central Israel and in Jewish and Arabs during the Second Lebanon war. In F. Azaiza, N. Nahmiash, & M. Cohen (Eds.), Social, health and education services in times of emergency (pp. 77-94). Haifa: Pardes.
Cohen, M. (2010). Who is more stressed? Responses of older, middle aged and younger Israeli citizens to the Second Lebanon War. In F. Azaiza, N. Nahmiash, & M. Cohen (Eds.), Social, health and education services in times of emergency (pp. 183-198). Haifa: Pardes.
Cohen, M. (2013). Multicultural aspects of care for cancer patients in Israel. In A. Surbone, M. Zwitter, M. Rajer, & R. Stiefel (Eds.). New challenges in communication with cancer patients (pp. 317-332). Springer; New York.
Cohen, M. (2013). Fatalism and cancer: Attitudes toward screening and care. In B. Carr & J. Steel (Eds.), Psychological aspects of cancer (pp. 88-99). Springer: New York.
Levkovitch, I., & Cohen, M. (2015). Bio-psycho-social aspects of cancer in the old age. In D. Prilutzky & M. Cohen. Practical Gerontology (pp. 193-236). Jerusalem: ESHEL.
Arel, A., Greenblat Kimron, L., & Cohen, M. (2019). What does meaning really mean for cancer patients near the end of life? Findings from a quantitative and qualitative study. In M. Silberman (Ed.), Palliative care (Vol. 2). The role and importance of research in promoting palliative care practice: Methods and outcomes. New York: Nova Publishers.