Sally Cohen, Ph.D., R.N.

Associate Professor of Nursing, College of Nursing
Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Doctoral Health Policy Concentration
University of New Mexico



Sally S. Cohen's scholarship focuses on linkages among practice, policy, and research for several areas, especially social policies for families with children. Her strong interdisciplinary background has enabled her to pursue innovative programs of research, including the political development of nurses, regulation of nursing practice, and her newest interest—the politics of children’s rights.. She is the recipient of several awards for her scholarship. Her book, Championing Child Care, analyzes the politics of 30 years of national child care policymaking. Dr. Cohen is also a member of the Health Policy Group for the American Academy of Nursing and on the Governing Council for the Public Policy Section of the American Political Science Association.


Select Publications

Cohen, S.S., & Lord, H. (2005). Implementation of the Child Care and Development Block Grant: A research synthesis. Nursing Outlook ,53 (5), 239-46.

Cohen, S. S. (2004). Child Care: A Crucial Legislative Issue. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 18 (6), 312-4

Cohen, S.S. & Sardell, A., (2003). Policymaking for children. Policy Currents, 12 (1), 1-9, available online at:

Cohen, S. S., & Misuraca, B. (2001). PNPs as catalysts in child care policymaking. Journal ofPediatric Health Care, 15 (2), 49-57.

Cohen, S. S., & Milone-Nuzzo, P. (2001). Advancing health policy in nursing education through service learning. Advances in Nursing Science, 21(3), 28-40.

Cohen, S. S., & Leavitt, J. K. (2000). Beyond the sound bites: Election 2000. American Journal ofNursing, 100 (8), 47-48.

Pulcini, J., Mason, D. J., Cohen, S. S., Kovner, C., & Leavitt, J. K. (2000). Health policy and the private sector: New vistas for nursing. Nursing and Health Care Perspectives, 21(1), 22-28.

Cohen, S.S. & Piotrowska, M. (2007). A primer on political philosophy. In D. J. Mason, J. K. Leavitt, & Chaffee, M.W. (Eds.), Policy and politics in nursing and health care (5th ed., pp. 63-74). St. Louis: Saunders.

Hendrickson, K. & Cohen, S.S. (2007). How government works: What you need to know to effect the process. In D. J. Mason, J. K. Leavitt, & Chaffee, M.W. (Eds.), Policy and politics in nursing and health care (5th ed., pp. 676-690). St. Louis: Saunders.

Cohen, S.S. (2001). Championing child care. NY: Columbia University Press. (Book Series on Power, Conflict, and Democracy: American Politics into the Twenty-First Century, Robert Y. Shapiro, Editor)