In Memoriam: Frances Cohen, PhD

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

With deep sadness, we announce the death of our retired colleague Frances Cohen, PhD. She passed away on Saturday, May 28, in Berkeley surrounded by her family following complications from pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Cohen joined the department in 1976 and was a founding faculty member of the UCSF Health Psychology Program. As a researcher focused on psychoneuroimmunology, Dr. Cohen made a lasting impact on our understanding of stress, disease, and immunological function, and was a member of the American Psychological Association, the Academy of Behavioral Research Medicine, the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society, and the American Psychosomatic Society. Even following her retirement and recognition as a Professor Emerita, Dr. Cohen continued to be fully engaged and was a regular participant in seminars and faculty meetings.  Beyond her intellectual interest in stress and coping, Dr. Cohen was a warm and caring person who took a personal interest in the lives and well-being of those around her, and she will be sorely missed.

A gathering will be held this afternoon (Wednesday, June 4) at 2 p.m. in the Health Psychology Program conference room (Laurel Heights,  Suite 465) to allow attendees to share their memories of Dr. Cohen and mourn her loss.

 

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