Vered Birmaher Cohen, MD
Vered Birmaher Cohen, MD received her undergraduate degree at Brown University where she majored in Psychology. She went on to get her medical degree at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and then completed her training in General Psychiatry and a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).
Dr. Cohen's areas of interest led to electives at WPIC in the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Spectrum (CABS) Clinic, the Services for Early-onset Psychosis (STEP) clinic for early-onset psychosis, the Services for Teens at Risk (STAR) clinic for depression in youth, the Intensive Outpatient Programs in children and in adults with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, the Merck Clinic for Autism Spectrum Disorders, and the Clinic for Treatment of Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder Across the Lifespan.
She also completed extra training in treatment of college students at the University of Pittsburgh Counseling Center and then worked as the psychiatrist for the Robert Morris University Counseling Center for two years. In addition, Dr. Cohen worked as a psychiatrist for the WPIC Emergency Room as well as for several local organizations, including a free health clinic for Spanish-speakers.
Dr. Cohen obtained additional training in therapy and completed rotations in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder through the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents at Allegheny General Hospital. She also completed coursework and supervision for Parent Management Training, Exposure and Response Prevention, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Family Therapy. She received her board certification in General Psychiatry in 2012 and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2013.
After graduating from Fellowship, Dr. Cohen accepted a position as a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist at the Department of Psychiatry at Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny Health Network, where she then served as the Program Director for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship program for two years. She supervised multiple residents and fellows during their training and created specialized clinics in which trainees obtained increased levels of supervision to enhance their education. She was also the course director for Diagnosis and Treatment of Childhood Psychiatric Illnesses, the primary course for the Child Fellowship, as well as the course director for the General Psychiatry Program Introduction to Child Psychiatry lecture series.
As one of the very few of psychiatrists in the area that speaks Spanish, she has also pursued her interest in Latino health by working to partner with local pediatricians and organizations to provide mental health care for Spanish-speakers.
Dr. Cohen is co-founder of The Via Center, PC where she currently focuses on child, adolescent and young adult mental health issues.