The appointment, which recognizes exemplary contributions to the field of obesity research, treatment and prevention, is one of the highest honors awarded by the society.
Cohen was cited for her ongoing research and publications on child nutrition, especially in economically vulnerable populations.
“It is truly rewarding to know that my research is making a difference in people’s lives, and that experts in the field are taking note of my contributions,” said Cohen, a member of the society since 2012.
Cohen’s contributions will be highlighted on the organization’s website (obesity.org) and through its weekly e-newsletter.
Cohen is a graduate of Emory University and holds a Master of Science in society, human development and health, and a Doctor of Science in nutrition, both from Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her teaching and research interests include community-based interventions; nutrition; health promotion; child/adolescent health and development; and health disparities.