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Don Cohon

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Don Cohon

Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatrics; Research Institute Director
University of California, San Francisco; Edgewood Center
caregivers and children in kinship families
specialized medical foster care homes for children
severely emotionally disturbed and learning disabled children
mental health of Southeast Asian refugees
children's day care in retirement homes
HIV-positive infants


Don Cohon has been on the clinical faculty in pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco since 1982. Currently, he is director of Edgewood Center for Children and Families' Institute for the Study of Community-Based Services. The Edgewood Center provides care for severely emotionally disturbed and learning disabled children, ages 5 to 14, most of whom have suffered parental abuse, neglect, or prenatal substance exposure. Cohon has been at Edgewood since 1993 conducting federal-, state- and foundation-funded research projects that examine caregivers and children in kinship families. Prior to working at Edgewood, Cohon served as a consultant to San Francisco's Department of Human Services, where he helped develop a program of specialized medical foster care homes and then directed a seven-year study of medically complex, drug-exposed, HIV-positive infants. From 1976 through the 1980s, Cohon planned and headed a San Francisco-based project to serve the mental health needs of Southeast Asian refugees. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 1975, completing a dissertation on the topic of establishing intergenerational programs by setting up children's day care and nursery schools in retirement homes.

1801 Vicente Street
San Francisco  California  94116
United States
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(415) 681-3211
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