Julie Cohen is Associate Director of the ZERO TO THREE Policy Center.
During her 18-year career at ZERO TO THREE, Ms. Cohen has worked on a wide range of policy issues impacting infants and toddlers including Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) and child welfare. She currently specializes in IECMH. She was a member of the international expert workgroup that wrote DC:0-5™, the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood. Ms. Cohen also just led the development of an IECMH Policy Series with briefing papers on a variety of IECMH topics. Her portfolio at ZERO TO THREE includes: implementing strategic initiatives and conceptualizing new IECMH projects across ZERO TO THREE; overseeing and developing policy briefs, research briefs, articles, guides, memos and other resources on infant and early childhood mental health policy; assisting federal and state policymakers and their staff as a technical resource; overseeing a variety of Policy Center initiatives including the IECMH Policy Series and the ZERO TO THREE Policy Center Toolkit; and providing guidance and oversight over Policy Center written products to ensure quality and consistency.
Ms. Cohen is the author of numerous publications, including America’s Babies: The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center Data Book. Recent publications include: The Basics of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (in press), Introducing a New Classification of Early Childhood Disorders: DC:0-5™, Igniting the Policy Conversation: Bringing a Trauma-Informed Approach to Early Childhood System Building, Nurturing Change: State Strategies for Improving Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, Supporting Infants, Toddlers, and Families Impacted by Caregiver’s Mental Health Problems, Substance Abuse, and Trauma, A Community Action Guide, A Call to Action on Behalf of Maltreated Infants and Toddlers, and Making it Happen: Overcoming Barriers to Providing Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health.
First trained as a clinical social worker where she worked with children and families in New York City, Ms. Cohen expanded her studies to the field of child and family policy. Throughout her professional career, Ms. Cohen has been a passionate advocate for supporting the healthy development of very young children and their families. She previously worked at the National Association of Child Advocates where she focused on child welfare and early care and education. She also served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) working with children in the New York City child welfare system. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the American University in Washington, DC and her Masters of Science in Social Work from the Columbia University School of Social Work.