40 Under 40: Avital K. Cohen
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40 Under 40: Avital K. Cohen

Avital is a Clinical Psychologist

Avital K. Cohen
Avital K. Cohen

Avital Cohen and husband, Michael Cohen, have three children: Gabriella, 9; Maya, 7; and Ariel, 5.

Cohen earned her bachelor of arts in psychology (with minors in English and Judaic Studies) from the University of Maryland, College Park; Master of Art and Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from The Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University.

Dr. Cohen is a clinical psychologist who focuses on testing and evaluation services for children. She has been in practice at Peachtree Pediatric Psychology for about five years.

“I’ve always loved working with children and when I discovered assessment in graduate school, I immediately felt like I had found my passion. I look at the testing process as getting all the pieces of a puzzle and my job is to figure out how it all fits together.”

Dr. Cohen specializes in autism across the lifespan (from toddlers to adults), and sees children and adolescents for ADHD, psychoeducational, and other types of evaluations. Her goal is for families to get information that helps them put an action plan in place for their child and to also make sure they learn about their child’s strengths in addition to growth areas.

“We work with the Georgia Autism Assessment Collaborative (GAAC) through Emory Autism Center, which provides ongoing training and consultation for cohorts of psychologists specializing in autism assessment to help make sure we are providing consistent, research-based services,” she said. “Another area that is important to me is training the next generation of psychologists. I am a practicum site for both Mercer University and Georgia State.”

She has served in several leadership positions at her synagogue, Ahavath Achim, including co-chair of the Arnovitz Leadership Institute, and several positions within the Sisterhood board.

Dr. Cohen also recently began volunteering with Bosley’s Place, a rescue organization for neonatal puppies.

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