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Alexander Cohen | Education

Medical School

Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

2011, St. Louis, MO


Mayo Clinic

2012, Rochester, MN


Mayo Clinic

2016, Rochester, NY


Boston Children's Hospital

2018, Boston, MA

Alexander Cohen | Professional History

I am a physician-scientist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. I received his B.A. in Biology and Biomedical Physics from Washington University in St. Louis and his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis where I focused on neuroimaging research, and then yet on to complete residency training in pediatrics and child neurology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and both a clinical fellowship in pediatric behavioral neurology and a T32 postdoctoral research fellowship in translational research in neurodevelopmental disorders at Boston Children’s Hospital.

My current research focuses on identifying brain circuits that are involved in the generation of specific symptoms seen in autism spectrum disorder using network neuroimaging techniques, validating these insights with prospective fMRI studies, and trying to alter these brain circuits with non-invasive neuromodulation such as TMS and real-time fMRI neurofeedback.

I also continue to care for patients in the Autism Spectrum Center and Behavioral Neurology Clinic as part of the new multidisciplinary Brain, Mind, and Behavior Center at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Alexander Cohen | Publications

I have always been fascinated by the mystery of how the intricately woven connections of the brain develop in every child and make each of us 'who we are' and how tiny changes can result in dramatic differences.

As a physician-scientist, my goal is to use knowledge we discover in the laboratory to inform clinical practice as well as translate discoveries into practical ways to improve the lives of children and families affected by neurodevelopmental disorders.