Shana R. Cohen
Dr. Shana Cohen is an assistant professor in the Department of Education Studies. Her research examines Mexican heritage families’ beliefs and experiences with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She is particularly interested in how parents’ beliefs about ASD causes, symptoms, and treatments shape parents’ educational decisions, childrearing goals, and parenting practices. She utilizes a sociocultural framework informed by the literature on cultural models of education and child socialization from typically developing Mexican immigrant families to inform her work. The findings from her studies will inform diagnosis and treatment protocols for young Mexican heritage children with autism.
Shana has worked as a clinician, an early childhood special educator, and a political advocate for immigrant Latino children with disabilities and their families. She has taught pre-service teachers in graduate and undergraduate courses focused on the characteristics, etiology, and identification of children with disabilities. She looks forward to actively engaging with students in a socially conscious and rigorous academic environment.
Dr. Cohen is a native Spanish-speaker; fluent in spoken and written Spanish.
The University of California, Berkeley & San Francisco State University
Joint Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education, 2011
San Francisco State University
Masters & Teaching Credential in Early Childhood Special Education, 2004
The University of California, Santa Barbara
B.A. in Global Studies and Spanish Literature (Honors), 2001
Bridges, M., Cohen, S. R., Scott, L., Fuller, B., Anguiano, R., Figueroa, A. M., Livas-Dlott, A. (2015). Home activities of Mexican American children: Structuring early socialization and cognitive engagement. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 21, 181-190.
Bridges, M., Cohen, S. R., McGuire, L. W., Yamada, H., Fuller, B., Mireles, L., & Scott, L. (2012). Bien Educado: Measuring the social behavior of Mexican American children. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 27, 555-567.
Cohen, S. R., Holloway, S. D., & Dominguez-Pareto, I., & Kuppermann, M., (2015). Support and self-efficacy among Latino and White families of children with ID. American Journal of Intellectual and Developmental
Cohen, S. R., Holloway, S. D., Dominguez-Pareto, I., & Kuppermann, M. (2013). Receiving or believing in family support? Contributors to the life quality of Latino and non-Latino families of children with ID. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 58, 333-345.
Cohen, S. R. (2013). Advocacy for the “Abandonados”: Harnessing cultural beliefs for Latino families and their children with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 10, 71-78.
Holloway, S., Dominguez-Pareto, I., Cohen, S. R., & Kuppermann, M. (2014). Whose Job is it? Everyday routines and quality of life in Latino and non-Latino families of children with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 7, 104-125.
Kuppermann, M., Nakagawa, S., Cohen, S. R., Dominguez-Pareto, I., Shaffer, B. L., & Holloway, S. D. (2011). Attitudes towards prenatal testing and pregnancy termination among a diverse population of parents of children with intellectual disabilities. Prenatal Diagnosis, 31, 1251-1258.
Zeedyk, S., Cohen, S. R., & Blacher, J. (2014). Syndrome-specific impact on parental well being: Autism compared. In The Comprehensive Guide to Autism. Vinood B. Patel, Victor R. Preedy, Colin R. Martin (Eds.): Springer.
Cohen, S. R., Zeedyk, S.M., Tipton, L. A., Rodas N. V., & Blacher, J. (2015). Fathers of children with or without ID: Understanding long-term psychological symptoms. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 60, pp. 295-307.
Zeedyk, S., Cohen, S. R., Eisenhower, A., & Blacher, J. (2015). Perceived social competence and loneliness among young children with ASD: Child, parent and teacher reports. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46, pp. 436-449.
Cohen, S. R., Zeedyk, S.M., Tipton, L. A., Rodas N. V., & Blacher, J. (2015). Fathers of children with or without ID: Understanding long-term psychological symptoms. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research.
Bush, H. H., Cohen, S. R., Eisenhower, A., & Blacher, J. (Dec. 2017). Parents’ educational expectations for young children with autism spectrum disorder. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities.
Cohen, S. R., & Miguel, J. M. (2018). Amor and Social Stigma: ASD Beliefs Among Immigrant Mexican Parents. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 1-15. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-017-3457-x
Holloway, S.D., Cohen, S. R., & Domínguez-Pareto, I. (in press). Culture, Stigma, and Intersectionality: Towards Equitable Parent-Educator Relationships in Early Childhood Special Education. In M. Siller & L. Morgan (Eds.). Handbook of Family-Centered Practice for Very Young Children with Autism. New York: Springer Publishing.
Principal Investigator: Adaptations to early intervention for Mexican-heritage children with autism. Faculty Career Development Program Grant 2016-2017
Principal Investigator: Improving Odds: Enhancing Access to Quality Autism Interventions for Low-Income, Mexican-Heritage Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Yankelovich Center Grant, 2016-2017Co-Principal Investigator: UC Links Research Grant. Understanding family socialization processes in young children from immigrant families.