Adena Cohen-Bearak, M.Ed, MPH

AdenaProject Manager, Aligning Family-Team Expectations During Surgical Consent

Adena Cohen-Bearak is a Master’s-level public health researcher with over twelve years’ experience coordinating research projects, conducting program evaluations, and specializing in qualitative research, with an additional thirteen years’ experience working in health education.

For the first thirteen years of her career, Adena worked in the field of health education, teaching sex ed to kids, training family planning counselors, coordinating a city-wide family planning training program (Action for Boston Community Development), and creating curricula and on-line health content for new media (Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunication and Management Sciences for Health).

After receiving her Masters of Public Health in 1999 from Boston University, she shifted her focus from health education to public health research. For the past twelve plus years, she has worked on several research projects, including: a qualitative evaluation of The School Health Index, designed to help schools improve nutrition and physical activity in students (Harvard School of Public Health); a quantitative study testing a novel telephone-based approach to improving hypertension in low-income African American adults (Boston Medical Center); and a 3-phase project on improving end-of-life care for children who die in the pediatric ICU (Education Development Center).

At Harvard Catalyst/Harvard Medical School, she worked on a wide variety of population health issues ranging from childhood obesity to Hepatitis C. There, she focused on developing community-informed, evidence-based research projects to address challenging public health issues. Most recently, she has served as a consultant on several qualitative research and writing projects.