Catherine C. Cohen

Catherine C. Cohen
Policy Researcher
Santa Monica Office


B.A. in economics, biology, Swarthmore College; B.S. in nursing, Columbia University; Ph.D. in nursing, Columbia University


Catherine "Katie" Cohen (she/her) is a nurse scientist and health services researcher at the RAND Corporation. Her work advances health care quality through research and policy. Her work often includes mixed-methods, including large data analysis and primary data collection, especially from nurses, health care administrators, physicians, and other health care clinicians.  Cohen's research interests center on the prevention of health care-associated infections, particularly those with antibiotic resistance, and improvements in nursing homes and hospice, especially for older adults. Since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, her work has also included estimating hospital surge capacity during the COVID pandemic, ways to improve utilization of Army-enlisted health care workers during pandemics and other public health emergencies, and the dissemination and implementation of COVID care innovations among emergency department clinicians. Further, she is currently co-leading a strategic assessment of the US Coast Guard healthcare system (PIs: Cohen, Chan). Her work has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Institutes of Nursing Research, National Institute on Aging and The Wonderful Company. She completed post-doctoral training in comparative and cost-effectiveness methodology at Columbia University School of Nursing's Center for Health Policy. She earned her B.A. in economics and biology from Swarthmore College and completed her B.S. and Ph.D. at Columbia University School of Nursing.

Honors & Awards

  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, National Institute of Nursing Research
  • Dissertation Award, Eastern Nursing Research Society and Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science
  • Dissertation Excellence Award, Columbia University School of Nursing