Florette Cohen

Associate Professor

Florette Cohen received her Bachelor’s in Science from CUNY Brooklyn College in 2003, a Master’s in Science from Rutgers University-New Brunswick in 2005 and her Ph.D. from the Social Psychology program at Rutgers University-New Brunswick in 2008.

As a graduate student Florette received several research and teaching awards, including the Dean's Award for Excellence in Research by a Graduate Student and the Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by a Graduate Student. Most recently she was awarded an Executive Women of New Jersey Graduate Merit Award for her accomplishments as a researcher and teacher and the SPSSI (Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues) Grants-In-Aid Dissertation Research Award.

Florette’s most recent line of research demonstrates that people who are reminded of their own death (mortality salience) respond by reaffirming their core values and beliefs, making their expressions of these more intense or more extreme. The mortality salience paradigm may be applied to cases of individual voting preferences, stereotypic thinking and prejudice, which seems to be aroused by major social disruptions. She has presented and published twenty papers and book chapters in this area and has several more in progress.


Ph.D. Rutgers University NB 2008

M.S.  Rutgers University NB 2005

B.S.  CUNY Brooklyn College 2003

Scholarship and Publications

Crawford, J. T., Jussim, L., Cain, T. R., and Cohen, F. (In Press). Right-Wing Authoritarianism and Social Dominance Orientation Differentially Predict Biased Judgments of Media Reports. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38 pages.Cohen, F. A modern take on classic anti-Semitism. Clio’s Psyche: The Psychology of Anti-Semitism and Philo-Semitism, (2010). 6 pages.Cohen, F. A Jew in Hitler’s Bunker: A psychological analysis of “My Fuhrur: The Truly Truest Truth about Adolf Hitler.” Journal for the Study of Anti-Semitism, (2010). 2, 241-244.Cohen, F., Sullivan, D., Solomon, S., Greenberg, J. & Ogilvie, D.M. Finding Everland: Flight Fantasies and the Desire to Transcend Mortality. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, (2010). 73 pages.Greenberg, J., Kosloff, S., Solomon, S., Cohen, F., & Landau, M.J.  Toward understanding the fame game: The effect of mortality salience on the appeal of fame. Self and Identity. (2010). 9, 1-18. 1529-8868.Cohen, F., Jussim, L., Harber, K, and Bhasin. Modern Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israeli Attitudes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. (2009). 97(2), 290-306.Arndt, J., Cox, C.R., Goldenberg, J.L., Vess,M., Routledge, C., Cooper, D.P., & Cohen, F. Blowing in the (Social) Wind: Implications of Extrinsic Esteem Contingencies for Terror Management and Health. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. (2009). 96(6), 1191-1205.

Florette Cohen

Contact Information

Office: Building 4S Room 111
Fax: 718.982.4114