Joseph Cohn

Director for Advanced Development

U.S. Navy

Captain Joseph Cohn is an Aerospace Experimental Psychologist (AEP) in the U.S. Navy’s Medical Service Corps currently assigned as the Director for Advanced Development, in the Defense Health Agency’s Research, Development and Acquisition Directorate, responsible for the oversight and management of the $1.7 billion Defense Health Program RDT&E program and ensuring that resultant technologies successfully transition across the Military Health System.  Across his career, he has directly managed over $300M in Basic, Applied, Advanced Technology Development, Advanced Component Development and Prototype, and Small Business Innovation Research funds, developing performance-enhancing biomedical and human systems technologies for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. These technologies include: an AI-based Digital Tutoring system that reduced by an order of magnitude the time to train novices to perform at the expert level; Training technologies that augment the medical provider training lifecycle between CONUS, deployment and back; Patient-focused rehabilitation technologies that deliver individualized, tailored rehabilitation; Technologies to assess and enhance individual and team cognitive readiness; Intuitive information display technologies; In-theater brain-imaging / TBI diagnosis technologies; Advanced brain-machine interfaces with prosthetics and human-robot interaction applications; Technologies to inoculate warfighters against PTSD; Pharmacological interventions to moderate neurophysiological processes underlying stress responses; Big-data analytic tools to forecast epidemics; and, Techniques for fabricating organic neural circuits in vitro.

CDR Cohn has co-authored over 80 Human Performance and Biomedical related publications, chaired numerous panels and workshops and been invited to speak at national and international conferences. He co-edited a 3-volume book series focusing on developing, implementing and assessing training systems, a book on enhancing human performance in high risk environments and a book focusing on modeling individual and group decision making processes. He is DAWIA Certified Level 3 Science & Technology Manager, DAWIA Certified Level 1 Program Manager and DAWIA Certified Level 1 Engineer.  His military decorations include: the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2), the Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2), the Meritorious Service Medal (4), the Navy Commendation Medal (3), the Army Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal (2). He was a co-recipient of both the Undersecretary of Defense (AT&L)’s 2016 award for his leadership in establishing cooperative research efforts with the Indian Ministry of Defense, and the 2014 Award for Excellence, recognizing his support for DoD’s Ebola efforts. In 2013 he received the Admiral Jeremy M. Boorda Award for Outstanding Integration of Analysis and Policy-Making. In 2012, he received the AEP Society’s Michael G. Lilienthal Leadership Award. From 2009 through 2012 he served as the first President of that Society. In 2009 he received the Association of Medical Service Corps Officers of the Navy’s “Best in Innovation” Award for developing a portable Traumatic Brain Injury diagnosis tool. In 2007 he received that Association’s “Best in Innovation” and “Best in Presentation” Awards for developing neurocognitive technologies to enable Warfighter resilience. In 2006, he received that Association’s “Best in Innovation” Award for developing a portable near-infrared technology for detecting TBI. In 2006 he received the Navy Modeling & Simulation Award, Training Category, from ASN (RD&A). From 2006 to 2009 he was the AEP Assistant Specialty Leader, responsible for recruiting new officers, mentoring over a dozen junior officers and addressing the administrative needs of 30+ officers. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and the Society of Military Psychologists, & Associate Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association. He Co- Chairs the International Cross Cultural Decision Making Conference, was the Principal Human Systems Subject Matter Expert to the 2015 National Defense Industrial Association’s Human Systems Division Conference and is the Deputy Chair, Human Performance Committee, Aerospace Medical Association.