Chief, Research Program Division, Defense Health Agency
Captain Joseph Cohn, Ph.D is an Aerospace Experimental Psychologist in the U.S. Navy’s Medical Service Corps currently serving as the Chief, Research Program Administration Division, and as Program Manager for SBIR/STTR, at the Defense Health Agency. He is responsible for the oversight and management of the Science & Technology portion of the Defense Health Program RDT&E program, ensuring that resultant capabilities successfully transition to the Military Health System. Across his career, he has managed numerous S&T portfolios spanning Basic Science, Applied Research and Advanced Technology Development, delivering performance-enhancing biomedical and human systems capabilities to the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.
Dr. Cohn received his Ph.D in Neuroscience from Brandeis University. He has co-authored numerous articles, papers and presentations on Human Performance and Biomedical-related science and technology challenges and co-edited several textbooks on a range of topics, including the use of Virtual Reality technologies for training, and Human Performance Enhancement in high risk environments. He has served as guest editor for special issues of peer-reviewed journals focusing on thematic issues of topical interest, including the legal and ethical challenges of performance enhancing technologies, the role of Modeling and Simulation technologies in optimizing medical readiness, novel approaches to valuing science and technology investments and the role of Artificial Intelligence in enhancing education and training.
Joseph is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and the Society of Military Psychologists, & an Associate Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association. He was the Principal Human Systems Subject Matter Expert to the National Defense Industrial Association’s Human Systems Division Conference and has served as the Deputy Chair, Human Performance Committee, Aerospace Medical Association. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the American Psychological Association’s Julius E. Uhlaner Award, the Life Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Branch of the Aerospace Medical Association’s “Research and Development Innovation Award”, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Augmented Cognition Technical Group’s “Spirit of Innovation Award,” the Admiral Jeremy M. Boorda Award for Outstanding Integration of Analysis and Policy-Making, and the Association of Medical Service Corps Officers of the Navy “Best in Innovation” Award.