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Dr Joshua Lee Cohen

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Your Digital Storytelling Project LLC

Dr. Cohen is clinically trained as a researcher from Pacifica Graduate Institute and Walden University. He has experience as a film/video editor, which includes "A" list work in Hollywood with significant people in the film world. He is a Media Psychologist with Peer Mental Health and staff with the Kolnoam school of video therapy. Dr. Cohen's clinical experience involves working with people of several populations in various settings, including hospitals and community mental health.

Biography

Dr. Cohen is the author and co-editor of Video and Filmmaking as Psychotherapy: Research and Practice. As a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California (USC), Dr. Cohen has experience introducing this material to students in the social work department. The book is the first of its kind, proposing to make films as a part of psychotherapy in comprehensive academic writing. It is also in the national library of medicine. In the 15 chapters, sources came from authors associated with Psychology, Counseling, Anthropology, Social Work, and Art Therapy.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Dr. Joshua Lee Cohen is a Media Psychologist, a film/video editor, and Author/Co-Editor of the groundbreaking book Video and Filmmaking as Psychotherapy: Research and Practice.   He received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology in 2013 from Pacifica Graduate Institute. In 2007 He received a Master's in Science in General Psychology from Walden University and a BA in Film and Anthropology from Colorado College in 1998, where he hosted a seminar on the use of film in therapy from a Dr. Gary Solomon who was pioneering Cinematherapy™. Dr. Cohen trained as an editor as an intern at an ABC news affiliate and later at a training facility in Burbank, Californa. Trained as an Avid and Final Cut Pro editor in Burbank, CA, he both consulted and worked on several high profile projects with filmmakers such as Patrick Swayze and Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Doug Pray.  In addition to his educational background, he was a university instructor since 2010, teaching introductory psychology and Positive Psychology. His clinical experience so far has been with dual diagnosis chemical-dependent populations as well as DCFS and families who were court-ordered. Within those populations, he has worked with many different kinds of disorders within the DSM, most of which are suffering from trauma, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders.  Dr. Cohen has presented his dissertation research on film based therapy at many conventions, universities, and hospitals. He specializes in VR and film/video-based techniques. What is Film/Video-Based Therapy? This form of therapy is about making films with clients, as opposed to cinema therapy, which is about watching movies.

Personal Interests

    Dr. Cohen works in the field of mental health education with clients, groups, and colleagues from around the world and is now studying for licensure to be a clinical psychologist.

    Dr. Cohen has extensive experience doing public speaking. He had presented his knowledge at conferences in the US and Canada, as well as hospital settings. He has made public speeches at addiction treatment facilities, universities, and webinars on topics such as addiction and trauma. Dr. Cohen is also currently on staff at the video therapy school in Israel and has lectured for a class in Haifa. For more info, please visit the following link.

    https://www.kolnoam.com/

    During his presentation at an addiction treatment facility in 2016, Dr. Cohen introduced relax VR. This virtual reality application was soon to become one of the top 10 apps on the Google Daydream and now available on Android, Daydream View, Samsung Gear VR, iOS, and Pico Goblin.

    Dr. Cohen’s company is based out of Long Beach. His company is called Your Digital Storytelling Project,  which involves mostly Therapeutic Advertising tm, but also public speaking, digital storytelling, virtual reality, and a publication. The press of his company includes a radio show, webinars, articles, and presentations at conferences and universities. To see examples of the media, please visit the following website.


    https://www.yourdigitalstorytellingproject.com

    He is currently working as a Media Psychologist for a company called Peer Mental Health.

    https://www.peermentalhealth.com/

    The CEO of Peer Mental Health is the co-founder of Painted Brain, which is partnered with the department of mental health of LA County. Painted Brain is an innovative peer-run mental health art and tech organization that uses a peer model focused on recovery. Painted Brain defines a peer employee as any person with lived mental health challenges and or trauma, including but not limited to social injustice, interpersonal violence, societal exclusion. Painted Brain considers all of its’s employees as peers, where there is no separation from community members to clinicians to executives, all identity with having mental health challenges.

    With the new company, Peer Mental Health, we plan on offering similar services to peers in a new and innovative way. We already involve new elements such as clinical psychology, psychological assessments for those with disabilities and veterans as well as Virtual Reality and Film/Video-Based Therapy. Peer Mental Health is proud to be involving research from Video and Filmmaking as Psychotherapy: Research and Practice, as well as the upcoming book Film/Video-Based Therapy and Trauma: Research and Practice. Peer Mental Health is also associated with the University of Southern California.

Websites

Books

Featured Title
 Featured Title - Video and Filmmaking as Psychotherapy: Cohen - 1st Edition book cover

Articles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RRi2BuSF7A&feature=youtu.be

film/video-based therapy and trauma webinar


Published: Nov 12, 2015 by https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RRi2BuSF7A&feature=youtu.be
Authors: Dr. Cohen
Subjects: Media and Cultural Studies, Psychological Science, Health and Social Care, Military & Security Studies, Anthropology - Soc Sci

This is a webinar on Film/Video-Based Therapy and Trauma. The webinar was done at Soverign Health, an addiction treatment facility

Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, Vol 74(6-B(E)), 2013, No Pagination Speci

Film and soul: A theoretical exploration of the use of video and other film-base


Published: Nov 12, 2015 by Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, Vol 74(6-B(E)), 2013, No Pagination Speci
Authors: Joshua Lee Cohen
Subjects: Media and Cultural Studies

Due to the lack of research on film-based therapy, the literature review draws on existing researched art therapies. The writer created a dialogue between the results of the analysis of the survey and the material generated in the literature review. Themes that emerged from the research point toward using video/film-based therapy to help adolescents at risk, prisoners and emotionally disturbed children, and to treat trauma, mood disorders, and relationship problems.

Master's Thesis

The use of video therapy to treat depression in adolescent males


Published: Jun 01, 2007 by Master's Thesis
Authors: Dr. Joshua L Cohen
Subjects: Film and Video, Mass Communications

This was Dr. Cohen's Master's Thesis on making films with adolescent males to treat clinical depression.

Colorado College: Tutt Library Special Collections Video

Catharsis: A video seminar [Video].


Published: Jun 01, 1998 by Colorado College: Tutt Library Special Collections Video
Authors: Dr. Joshua L Cohen
Subjects: Film and Video, Anthropology - Soc Sci

Dr. Cohen made a documentary as a part of his bachelor’s thesis for his degree in anthropology and film titled Catharsis. The film explored whether or not making movies could be considered therapeutic. The film interviewed such filmmakers as Doug Pray, Neal Baer, Marc Webb, Dana Stevens. In addition, footage from the seminar hosted on Cinematherapy™ was integrated into the film featuring Dr. Solomon, the movie Doctor.

Colorado College: Tutt Library Garden Level	Theses

Catharsis : film-healing collaborative art-therapy


Published: May 01, 1998 by Colorado College: Tutt Library Garden Level Theses
Authors: Dr. Joshua L Cohen
Subjects: Film and Video, English Language & Linguistics, Anthropology - Soc Sci, Media Communication, Art & Visual Culture

Dr. Cohen's Bachelor's thesis that describes Cinematherapy tm as well as how the possibility of making movies could heal. Dr. Cohen also produced and directed a student film based on this work which inspired the book later published by Routledge,

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Panel: Case Studies in VR/AR/360 Creators in Action with Amy DeLouise and Experts

By: Dr Joshua Lee Cohen

XR is expanding business models and storytelling, from enterprise to nonprofits. Find out how these creative experts use AR/VR/360 to complement and expand the possibilities for reaching audiences and monetizing content.

Peer Mental Health

David (Eli) Israelian CEO

Dr. Joshua Lee Cohen Media Psychologist 

Paul Robinson Admin

TELEHEALTH • TELEMENTORING • TELETRAINING
We are a new company focused on helping peers achieve their career goals.
We will support you where ever you stand and adapt to your every need.

WORKFORCE
Peer Mental Health (PMH) offers job opportunities for mentees that have successfully gained mental health stability and are looking to amplify the impact. Re-entry into the workforce is a key component of recovery and social functioning. PMH’s support program involves assisting people in mental health recovery to overcome barriers to employment and regain their confidence and occupational identity. PMH provides on-going training throughout the length of the program.


RECOVERY
Peers are guided by a foundation of lived experience, peer mentors are persons who share with others based on that experience to encourage, motivate and support persons served and/or their families.

https://www.peermentalhealth.com/

 

America's First News with Matt Ray interviews Dr. Joshua L Cohen on COVID-19 and Telehealth

By: Dr Joshua Lee Cohen
Subjects: Health Psychology, Mass Communications, Media, Journalism and Communications, Psychology

Matt Ray from America's First News interviews Dr. Joshua L Cohen, a Media Psychologist, and Author and CO-Editor of Video and Filmmaking as Psychotherapy: Research and Practice. 

They discuss how telehealth has increased in the wake of COVID-19 and how the new technology is a part of the future of therapy. At the company that Dr. Cohen is associated with, Peer Mental Health, they do assessments and other methods of Telehealth, Telementoring, and Teletraining. https://www.peermentalhealth.com/about/

 

Live event at the University of Southern California and on Alt-Space VR

By: Dr Joshua Lee Cohen
Subjects: Mass Communications, Media, Journalism and Communications

 
Connecting Realities! The 2020  International Summit will be hosted on AltspaceVR, ENGAGE, rumii, Mozilla Hubs, and Somnium Space and LIVE at the University of Southern California
 
Dr. Cohen represented Your Digital Storytelling Project in association with Peer Mental Health, Painted Brain at the University of Southern California on February 20th, 2020. He presented on topics ranging from Bipolar Disorder and Virtual Reality, to PTSD and project Bravemind from the Institute of Creative Technologies at USC from Dr. Albert (Skip) Rizzo, and on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and VR from CEO of Newpath VR Lisa Padilla, and apps like Mindshow, and a case presentation from his work with film/video-based therapy tm. 

Killradio with James Gautier and Dr. Joshua L Cohen Media Psychologist

By: Dr Joshua Lee Cohen
Subjects: Applied Arts & Music, Mass Communications, Media, Journalism and Communications, Music

Celebrate the music of the Great American Song. Visit with Dr. Joshua Lee Cohen as he discusses the upcoming event at USC on February 20th with Peer Mental Health  https://www.peermentalhealth.com/ and Painted Brain https://paintedbrain.org/ ,  and the Virtual Film School https://virtualfilmschool.org/. Fascinating interview about art therapy, film, music, and other Art can it be therapeutic? Let’s find out together Tune in Sunday 9 am 12 pm for great conversation and great music
Killradio.org
Co-host John Shyjohn Glazar
Host James Gautier

America's First News with Matt Ray and Dr. Joshua L Cohen Media Psychologist

By: Dr Joshua Lee Cohen
Subjects: Mass Communications, Media, Journalism and Communications

This is a discussion about Media Psychology 

For more about Dr. Cohen please visit https://yourdigitalstorytellingproject.com/

Radio Show: First News Interview With Matt RayMatt is a 16-year News Talk veteran whose background in journalism and communications has made him an award-winning News Anchor, News Director, Talk Host, Producer, and Programmer. Outside of his full-time job as a dad, Matt enjoys traveling and (suffering) through long seasons with the New York Knicks.https://www.talkstreamlive.com/program/matt_ray

Update of the credentials of Dr. Cohen

By: Dr Joshua Lee Cohen

Dr. Cohen works in the field of mental health education with clients, groups, and colleagues from around the world and is now studying for licensure to be a clinical psychologist. 


Dr. Cohen has extensive experience doing public speaking. He had presented his knowledge at conferences in the US and Canada, as well as hospital settings. He has made public speeches at addiction treatment facilities, universities, and webinars on topics such as addiction and trauma. Dr. Cohen is also currently on staff at the video therapy school in Israel and has lectured for a class in Haifa. For more info, please visit the following link.

https://www.kolnoam.com/teaching staff 

During his presentation at an addiction treatment facility in 2016, Dr. Cohen introduced relax VR. Soon to become one of the top 10 apps on the Google Daydream and now available on Android, Daydream View, Samsung Gear VR, iOS, and Pico Goblin.


Dr. Cohen’s company is based out of Long Beach, and it's called Your Digital Storytelling Project. The company involves public speaking, digital storytelling, virtual reality, and a publication. The press of his company includes a radio show, webinars, articles, and presentations at conferences and universities. To see examples of the media, please visit the following website. 



https://www.yourdigitalstorytellingproject.com



Dr. Cohen cited for dissertation and book in clinical trial by Rivka Tuval-Mashiach, Benjamin Patton, Charles Drebing

By: Dr Joshua Lee Cohen

“When You Make a Movie, and You See Your Story There, You Can Hold It”: Qualitative Exploration of Collaborative Filmmaking as a Therapeutic Tool for Veterans

 

Abstract

Despite the availability of effective treatments for coping with traumatic experiences, a large percentage of military veterans in need do not seek help. The “I Was There” model is a new filmmaking program which is a creative-expressive tool, developed to enable veterans to reflect on their experiences and jointly create short artistic films. These artistic films articulate, often metaphorically, aspects of the veterans’ service experiences, traumatic events, and reintegration challenges. The current study employed a qualitative methodology to explore participants’ subjective experience of the program. We interviewed 50 participants following the intervention, focusing specifically on their perceptions of the filmmaking process, the aspects they viewed as meaningful, and whether and how the process affected them. Most participants reported their experience as positive and empowering. Three overarching themes emerged as significant in describing the benefits of participation: Gaining a new sense of agency, regaining a sense of affiliation, and processing the trauma. The findings are illustrated and discussed within the context of narrative therapy, as is the potential of video-based therapy, especially regarding non-articulated, sensory traumatic memories, and for the process of (re)construction of the trauma narrative.

Keywords: reintegration, veterans, filmmaking, digital storytelling, PTSD, qualitative research, narrative, art therapy

 

JBLM veterans focus on filmmaking

By: Dr Joshua Lee Cohen
Subjects: Education, Media and Cultural Studies, Media, Journalism and Communications, Military & Security Studies, Other

I Was There Filmmaking Workshop at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

 In late October, I attended a filmmaking workshop at Joint Base-Lesis-McChord and was able to capture video of this event as well as to assist the filmmakers running the workshop. The workshop was written up in several local papers http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/military/article40517652.html#storylink=cpy

 and soon after the workshop, Ben had an article published in the Huffington Post.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ben-patton/family-filmmaking-a-creat_b_8401858.html

 It was an incredible experience. Benjamin Patton, the executive director and founder of the program, wrote chapter 12 in Video and Filmmaking as Psychotherapy:Research and Practice which was published through Routledge's Taylor and Francis this past February 2015. Here is more about his chapter. http://www.filmandvideobasedtherapy.com/benjamin-patton/

Here is the blog link to my video document of the workshop

 http://www.filmandvideobasedtherapy.com/video-and-filmmaking-as-therapy-blog

Videos

Peer Mental Health

Published: Jun 14, 2020

At Post Production World Online, Dr. Cohen represented Peer Mental Health which is using his research from Video and Filmmaking as Psychotherapy: Research and Practice, to develop a start-up using Virtual Reality and clinical psychologists to help peers get jobs and build community.

America's First News with Matt Ray and Dr. Joshua L Cohen Media Psychologist

Published: Oct 16, 2019

Interview about Media Psychology

Walden University Scholars of Change

Published: Aug 07, 2015

I Was There Workshop JBLM

Published: Oct 16, 2015

This is a video reflection by Dr. Josh Cohen of his experience at a therapeutic filmmaking workshop at JBLM as a guest of Benjamin Patton, from chapter 12 in Video and Filmmaking as Psychotherpy:Research and Practice. http://www.filmandvideobasedtherapy.com/benjamin-patton/