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Richard J. Cohen, PhD, FACHE


Elected November 2013

Term Ending: November 2016

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Richard J. Cohen, PhD, FACHE, is the president and CEO of the Philadelphia Health Management Corporation, a nonprofit public health institute that builds healthier communities through partnerships with government, foundations, business and other community-based organizations. For over 30 years, Dr. Cohen has worked in the field of public health, focusing on services across the broad spectrum of issues confronting people and their communities. Throughout his 27-year tenure at the helm of PHMC and his significant voluntary service to public health organizations, he has made invaluable contributions to improving public welfare in Pennsylvania and beyond.


Dr. Cohen is actively involved in numerous public health issues through memberships and affiliations with local, state and national organizations, including: the Pennsylvania affiliate of APHA; Pennsylvania Psychological Association; National Council on Crime and Delinquency; the Alliance for Children and Families, and many more. He is also a fellow of several scholarly and professional organizations, and the recipient of numerous awards, including APHA’s Chairman’s Award and Award for Excellence.


Dr. Cohen is a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania and board-certified in behavioral healthcare management and the treatment of alcohol and other psychoactive substance use disorders.  He received his doctorate from Medical College of Pennsylvania, MA from Temple University and BA from the University of Maine in Psychology.