Shiri Cohen, Ph.D.,  is a practicing clinical psychologist in Arlington, MA, and a clinician in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she holds an appointment as Instructor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. 

Clinical Practice

Dr. Cohen specializes in the treatment of couples. She is CERTIFIED in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples, which is well-supported by years of research as a highly effective treatment for improving relationship problems and helping partners to build more secure bonds and intimate connection. She has extensive experience treating couples who are struggling with trauma and/or PTSD.  She also provides treatment to individuals who are facing challenges in their close relationships and various related difficulties in their lives that may be causing symptoms of depression and anxiety. 


Dr. Cohen's research focuses on various aspects of couples functioning, including attachment quality, relationship satisfaction, partner aggression, and depression in couples. She has developed and tested a brief couple therapy for depression that helps partners better adjust to living with depression and building positivity in their relationship. Her most recent research has been examining empathy between partners, and the ways in which empathy is linked to relationship satisfaction for women and men. Please visit the Press page to see media coverage of this empathy research.


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