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Beth Cohen, MD

TitleAssociate Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentMedicine
Address4150 Clement St
San Francisco CA 94121
Phone415-221-4810
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    University of California, San FranciscoM.A.S. in Clinical Research2007 Graduate Division (Advance Training in Clinical Research)
    University of California, San FranciscoResidency School of Medicine
    University of California, San FranciscoM.D.2003 Medicine

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    Dr. Cohen is an internist and clinical investigator whose research focuses on health outcomes in patients with posttraumatic stress disorder. She is Principal Investigator of the Mind Your Heart Study, a prospective cohort study designed to examine the effects of posttraumatic stress disorder on cardiovascular health.


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    Psychological Stress and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
    NIH/NHLBI K23HL094765Jul 1, 2009 - Feb 28, 2015
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Kalapatapu RK, Dannenbaum TP, Harbison JD, Cohen B. Does trauma exposure predict prescription drug problems beyond the contribution of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression? An analysis of the Mind Your Heart cohort study. J Addict Dis. 2017 Jul-Sep; 36(3):183-192. PMID: 28388283.
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    2. O'Donovan A, Ahmadian AJ, Neylan TC, Pacult MA, Edmondson D, Cohen B. Current posttraumatic stress disorder and exaggerated threat sensitivity associated with elevated inflammation in the Mind Your Heart Study. Brain Behav Immun. 2017 Feb; 60:198-205. PMID: 27765647.
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    3. Grenon SM, Owens CD, Alley H, Perez S, Whooley MA, Neylan TC, Aschbacher K, Gasper WJ, Hilton JF, Cohen B. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Is Associated With Worse Endothelial Function Among Veterans. J Am Heart Assoc. 2016 Mar 23; 5(3):e003010. PMID: 27009621; PMCID: PMC4943274.
    4. Smith BN, Tyzik AL, Neylan TC, Cohen B. PTSD and obesity in younger and older veterans: Results from the mind your heart study. Psychiatry Res. 2015 Oct 30; 229(3):895-900. PMID: 26210650; PMCID: PMC4568132 [Available on 10/30/16].
    5. Maguen S, Madden E, Cohen B, Bertenthal D, Neylan TC, Seal KH. Suicide risk in Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with mental health problems in VA care. J Psychiatr Res. 2015 Sep; 68:120-4. PMID: 26228410.
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    6. Talbot LS, Rao MN, Cohen B, Richards A, Inslicht SS, O'Donovan A, Maguen S, Metzler TJ, Neylan TC. Metabolic risk factors and posttraumatic stress disorder: the role of sleep in young, healthy adults. Psychosom Med. 2015 May; 77(4):383-91. PMID: 25886830; PMCID: PMC4431908.
    7. Cohen B, Edmondson D, Kronish IM. State of the Art Review: Depression, Stress, Anxiety, and Cardiovascular Disease. Am J Hypertens. 2015 Nov; 28(11):1295-302. PMID: 25911639; PMCID: PMC4612342 [Available on 11/01/16].
    8. Cohen B, Shi Y, Neylan TC, Maguen S, Seal KH. Antipsychotic prescriptions in Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder in Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare, 2007-2012. J Clin Psychiatry. 2015 Apr; 76(4):406-12. PMID: 25845036.
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    9. Beristianos MH, Yaffe K, Cohen B, Byers AL. PTSD and Risk of Incident Cardiovascular Disease in Aging Veterans. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2016 Mar; 24(3):192-200. PMID: 25555625.
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    10. Wingenfeld K, Whooley MA, Neylan TC, Otte C, Cohen B. Effect of current and lifetime posttraumatic stress disorder on 24-h urinary catecholamines and cortisol: results from the Mind Your Heart Study. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2015 Feb; 52:83-91. PMID: 25459895; PMCID: PMC4297502.
    11. Maguen S, Madden E, Neylan TC, Cohen B, Bertenthal D, Seal KH. Timing of mental health treatment and PTSD Symptom improvement among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Psychiatr Serv. 2014 Dec 01; 65(12):1414-9. PMID: 25082217.
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    12. Jarvie JL, Whooley MA, Regan MC, Sin NL, Cohen B. Effect of physical activity level on biomarkers of inflammation and insulin resistance over 5 years in outpatients with coronary heart disease (from the Heart and Soul Study). Am J Cardiol. 2014 Oct 15; 114(8):1192-7. PMID: 25173442; PMCID: PMC4177956.
    13. Talbot LS, Neylan TC, Metzler TJ, Cohen B. The mediating effect of sleep quality on the relationship between PTSD and physical activity. J Clin Sleep Med. 2014 Jul 15; 10(7):795-801. PMID: 25024659; PMCID: PMC4067445.
    14. O'Donovan A, Cohen B, Seal KH, Bertenthal D, Margaretten M, Nishimi K, Neylan TC. Elevated risk for autoimmune disorders in iraq and afghanistan veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. Biol Psychiatry. 2015 Feb 15; 77(4):365-74. PMID: 25104173; PMCID: PMC4277929.
    15. Bradley SM, Stanislawski MA, Bekelman DB, Monteith LL, Cohen B, Schilling JH, Hunt SC, Milek D, Maddox TM, Ho PM, Shore S, Varosy PD, Matthieu MM, Rumsfeld JS. Invasive coronary procedure use and outcomes among veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder: insights from the Veterans Affairs Clinical Assessment, Reporting, and Tracking Program. Am Heart J. 2014 Sep; 168(3):381-390.e6. PMID: 25173551.
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    16. Grenon SM, Cohen B, Smolderen K, Vittinghoff E, Whooley MA, Hiramoto J. Peripheral arterial disease, gender, and depression in the Heart and Soul Study. J Vasc Surg. 2014 Aug; 60(2):396-403. PMID: 24661811; PMCID: PMC4199228.
    17. Kronish IM, Lin JJ, Cohen B, Voils CI, Edmondson D. Posttraumatic stress disorder and medication nonadherence in patients with uncontrolled hypertension. JAMA Intern Med. 2014 Mar; 174(3):468-70. PMID: 24296721; PMCID: PMC3999520.
    18. Kalapatapu RK, Neylan TC, Regan MC, Cohen B. Association of alcohol use biomarkers and cognitive performance in veterans with problematic alcohol use and posttraumatic stress disorder: data from the mind your heart study. J Addict Dis. 2014; 33(2):67-76. PMID: 24717141; PMCID: PMC4071132.
    19. Cohen B, Neylan TC, Yaffe K, Samuelson KW, Li Y, Barnes DE. Posttraumatic stress disorder and cognitive function: findings from the mind your heart study. J Clin Psychiatry. 2013 Nov; 74(11):1063-70. PMID: 24330891.
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    20. Hendrickson CM, Neylan TC, Na B, Regan M, Zhang Q, Cohen B. Lifetime trauma exposure and prospective cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality: findings from the Heart and Soul Study. Psychosom Med. 2013 Nov-Dec; 75(9):849-55. PMID: 24149074; PMCID: PMC4014357.
    21. Breyer BN, Cohen B, Bertenthal D, Rosen RC, Neylan TC, Seal KH. Lower urinary tract dysfunction in male Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans: association with mental health disorders: a population-based cohort study. Urology. 2014 Feb; 83(2):312-9. PMID: 24149111; PMCID: PMC4123450.
    22. Turner JH, Neylan TC, Schiller NB, Li Y, Cohen B. Objective evidence of myocardial ischemia in patients with posttraumatic stress disorder. Biol Psychiatry. 2013 Dec 01; 74(11):861-6. PMID: 23978403; PMCID: PMC4005370.
    23. Dinenberg RE, McCaslin SE, Bates MN, Cohen B. Social support may protect against development of posttraumatic stress disorder: findings from the Heart and Soul Study. Am J Health Promot. 2014 May-Jun; 28(5):294-7. PMID: 23941102.
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    24. Waldrop AE, Cohen B. Trauma exposure predicts alcohol, nicotine, and drug problems beyond the contribution of PTSD and depression in patients with cardiovascular disease: data from the Heart and Soul Study. Am J Addict. 2014 Jan-Feb; 23(1):53-61. PMID: 24313242; PMCID: PMC3858723.
    25. Grenon SM, Vittinghoff E, Owens CD, Conte MS, Whooley M, Cohen B. Peripheral artery disease and risk of cardiovascular events in patients with coronary artery disease: insights from the Heart and Soul Study. Vasc Med. 2013 Aug; 18(4):176-84. PMID: 23835937; PMCID: PMC4207208.
    26. Prather AA, Epel ES, Cohen B, Neylan TC, Whooley MA. Gender differences in the prospective associations of self-reported sleep quality with biomarkers of systemic inflammation and coagulation: findings from the Heart and Soul Study. J Psychiatr Res. 2013 Sep; 47(9):1228-35. PMID: 23746737; PMCID: PMC3864775.
    27. Puterman E, Epel ES, Lin J, Blackburn EH, Gross JJ, Whooley MA, Cohen B. Multisystem resiliency moderates the major depression-telomere length association: findings from the Heart and Soul Study. Brain Behav Immun. 2013 Oct; 33:65-73. PMID: 23727245; PMCID: PMC3855878.
    28. Breyer BN, Cohen B, Bertenthal D, Rosen RC, Neylan TC, Seal KH. Sexual dysfunction in male Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans: association with posttraumatic stress disorder and other combat-related mental health disorders: a population-based cohort study. J Sex Med. 2014 Jan; 11(1):75-83. PMID: 23679562; PMCID: PMC4081408.
    29. Edmondson D, Cohen B. Posttraumatic stress disorder and cardiovascular disease. Prog Cardiovasc Dis. 2013 May-Jun; 55(6):548-56. PMID: 23621964; PMCID: PMC3639489.
    30. Singh KJ, Cohen B, Na B, Regan M, Schiller NB, Whooley MA. Alcohol consumption and 5-year change in left atrial volume among patients with coronary heart disease: results from the Heart and Soul study. J Card Fail. 2013 Mar; 19(3):183-9. PMID: 23482079.
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    31. Maguen S, Madden E, Cohen B, Bertenthal D, Seal KH. Time to treatment among veterans of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan with psychiatric diagnoses. Psychiatr Serv. 2012 Dec; 63(12):1206-12. PMID: 23070131.
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    32. Cohen B, Maguen S, Bertenthal D, Shi Y, Jacoby V, Seal KH. Reproductive and other health outcomes in Iraq and Afghanistan women veterans using VA health care: association with mental health diagnoses. Womens Health Issues. 2012 Sep; 22(5):e461-71. PMID: 22944901; PMCID: PMC4631402.
    33. Grenon SM, Hiramoto J, Smolderen KG, Vittinghoff E, Whooley MA, Cohen B. Association between depression and peripheral artery disease: insights from the heart and soul study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2012 Aug; 1(4):e002667. PMID: 23130170; PMCID: PMC3487348.
    34. Kronish IM, Edmondson D, Li Y, Cohen B. Post-traumatic stress disorder and medication adherence: results from the Mind Your Heart study. J Psychiatr Res. 2012 Dec; 46(12):1595-9. PMID: 22809686; PMCID: PMC3485414.
    35. Seal KH, Shi Y, Cohen G, Cohen B, Maguen S, Krebs EE, Neylan TC. Association of mental health disorders with prescription opioids and high-risk opioid use in US veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. JAMA. 2012 Mar 07; 307(9):940-7. PMID: 22396516.
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    36. O'Donovan A, Neylan TC, Metzler T, Cohen B. Lifetime exposure to traumatic psychological stress is associated with elevated inflammation in the Heart and Soul Study. Brain Behav Immun. 2012 May; 26(4):642-9. PMID: 22366689; PMCID: PMC3322304.
    37. Holtz JE, Upadhyaya DS, Cohen B, Na B, Schiller NB, Whooley MA. Mitral annular calcium, inducible myocardial ischemia, and cardiovascular events in outpatients with coronary heart disease (from the Heart and Soul Study). Am J Cardiol. 2012 Apr 15; 109(8):1092-6. PMID: 22245404.
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    38. Zen AL, Whooley MA, Zhao S, Cohen B. Post-traumatic stress disorder is associated with poor health behaviors: findings from the heart and soul study. Health Psychol. 2012 Mar; 31(2):194-201. PMID: 22023435; PMCID: PMC3295904.
    39. Mishra RK, Devereux RB, Cohen B, Whooley MA, Schiller NB. Prediction of heart failure and adverse cardiovascular events in outpatients with coronary artery disease using mitral E/A ratio in conjunction with e-wave deceleration time: the heart and soul study. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2011 Oct; 24(10):1134-40. PMID: 21764551.
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    40. Duivis HE, de Jonge P, Penninx BW, Na BY, Cohen B, Whooley MA. Depressive symptoms, health behaviors, and subsequent inflammation in patients with coronary heart disease: prospective findings from the heart and soul study. Am J Psychiatry. 2011 Sep; 168(9):913-20. PMID: 21724664.
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    41. Seal KH, Cohen G, Bertenthal D, Cohen B, Maguen S, Daley A. Reducing barriers to mental health and social services for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans: outcomes of an integrated primary care clinic. J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Oct; 26(10):1160-7. PMID: 21647750; PMCID: PMC3181313.
    42. Seal KH, Cohen G, Waldrop A, Cohen B, Maguen S, Ren L. Substance use disorders in Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in VA healthcare, 2001-2010: Implications for screening, diagnosis and treatment. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2011 Jul 01; 116(1-3):93-101. PMID: 21277712.
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    43. Martens EJ, de Jonge P, Na B, Cohen B, Lett H, Whooley MA. Scared to death? Generalized anxiety disorder and cardiovascular events in patients with stable coronary heart disease:The Heart and Soul Study. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2010 Jul; 67(7):750-8. PMID: 20603456.
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    44. Pedersen AH, Cohen B. Identifying and overcoming barriers to cervical cancer screening in women with a history of sexual violence and posttraumatic stress disorder. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2010 Jul; 19(7):1239-41. PMID: 20528479.
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    45. Pottala JV, Garg S, Cohen B, Whooley MA, Harris WS. Blood eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids predict all-cause mortality in patients with stable coronary heart disease: the Heart and Soul study. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2010 Jul; 3(4):406-12. PMID: 20551373; PMCID: PMC3058601.
    46. Cohen B, Panguluri P, Na B, Whooley MA. Psychological risk factors and the metabolic syndrome in patients with coronary heart disease: findings from the Heart and Soul Study. Psychiatry Res. 2010 Jan 30; 175(1-2):133-7. PMID: 19969373; PMCID: PMC2867840.
    47. Cohen B, Marmar CR, Neylan TC, Schiller NB, Ali S, Whooley MA. Posttraumatic stress disorder and health-related quality of life in patients with coronary heart disease: findings from the Heart and Soul Study. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2009 Nov; 66(11):1214-20. PMID: 19884609; PMCID: PMC2822711.
    48. Cohen B, Gima K, Bertenthal D, Kim S, Marmar CR, Seal KH. Mental health diagnoses and utilization of VA non-mental health medical services among returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Jan; 25(1):18-24. PMID: 19787409; PMCID: PMC2811589.
    49. Cohen B, Barrett-Connor E, Wassel CL, Kanaya AM. Association of glucose measures with total and coronary heart disease mortality: does the effect change with time? The Rancho Bernardo Study. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2009 Oct; 86(1):67-73. PMID: 19671481; PMCID: PMC2767115.
    50. Cohen B, Marmar C, Ren L, Bertenthal D, Seal KH. Association of cardiovascular risk factors with mental health diagnoses in Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans using VA health care. JAMA. 2009 Aug 05; 302(5):489-92. PMID: 19654382.
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    51. Ali S, Garg SK, Cohen B, Bhave P, Harris WS, Whooley MA. Association between omega-3 fatty acids and depressive symptoms among patients with established coronary artery disease: data from the Heart and Soul Study. Psychother Psychosom. 2009; 78(2):125-7. PMID: 19223688; PMCID: PMC2755049.
    52. Cohen B. Yoga: an evidence-based prescription for menopausal symptoms? Menopause. 2008 Sep-Oct; 15(5):827-9. PMID: 18617867.
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    53. Cohen B, Chang AA, Grady D, Kanaya AM. Restorative yoga in adults with metabolic syndrome: a randomized, controlled pilot trial. Metab Syndr Relat Disord. 2008 Sep; 6(3):223-9. PMID: 18710330.
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    54. Cohen B, Garg SK, Ali S, Harris WS, Whooley MA. Red blood cell docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid concentrations are positively associated with socioeconomic status in patients with established coronary artery disease: data from the Heart and Soul Study. J Nutr. 2008 Jun; 138(6):1135-40. PMID: 18492846; PMCID: PMC2675885.
    55. Cohen B, Vittinghoff E, Whooley M. Association of socioeconomic status and exercise capacity in adults with coronary heart disease (from the Heart and Soul Study). Am J Cardiol. 2008 Feb 15; 101(4):462-6. PMID: 18312758; PMCID: PMC2669655.
    56. Cohen B, Kanaya AM, Macer JL, Shen H, Chang AA, Grady D. Feasibility and acceptability of restorative yoga for treatment of hot flushes: a pilot trial. Maturitas. 2007 Feb 20; 56(2):198-204. PMID: 16979311.
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