Emma Cohen


Emma is a dual-degree student pursuing a Master in Positive Developmental Psychology and a Master in Public Health, concentrating in Health Prevention, Education, and Evaluation. She joined YD Eval in her first year at CGU to connect with fellow advocates for youth, support the development of youth programming, and gain hands-on experience in evaluation.

Before attending CGU, Emma graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minors in Law and Ethnic Studies. While at Cal Poly, Emma connected her passion for helping high-risk youth to real-world opportunities; she interned with the local foster care system, tutored detained youth in the juvenile hall, and worked for the Department of Behavioral Health Services. Throughout these experiences, she gained invaluable insights into critical community needs and became inspired to learn more about impacting system-level changes.

Emma’s research interests are focused on promoting the health and development of youth from high-risk backgrounds. She promotes the incorporation of cultural responsivity and trauma-informed care throughout her work and aspires to spend her career advocating for youth. As a proud Coloradan, she loves hiking, camping, and enjoying the Rocky Mountains with her family and adorable dog. When she’s in California, you can catch her playing cornhole at a brewery, finding an excuse to go to the Bombay Frankie Company, or driving up the Central Coast.