David Cohen – Long Bio


David Cohen, PhD, LCSW, is Professor and Marjorie Crump Chair of Social Welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. He works to develop alternatives to biopsychiatric conceptions of distress and misbehavior, conventional views about the actions, safety and efficacy of psychiatric drug treatments, and coercive “mental health” interventions. He has worked extensively with individuals withdrawing fom psychiatric drugs and has developed self-help protocols for this purpose. He held the 2012 Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair to France, where he lectured on socio-cultural change and the uses of psychoactive drugs. He has authored or co-authored about 120 articles, chapters, and books. He recently published Mad Science: Psychiatric Coercion, Diagnosis, and Drugs (with Stuart Kirk and Tomi Gomory, Transaction Publishers), and is working on Ethical Psychopharmacology (with Shannon Hughes, Sage Publications).