University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Judy Cohen

Judy Cohen, PhD, RN

Professor of Nursing

Judy Cohen Office: 219 Rowell
Phone: (802) 656-3382

Dr. Judy Cohen is a Burlington native who received her B.S. in professional nursing at UVM, graduating in 1975, a MS (nursing) from the University of Michigan in 1981, and a PhD in nursing from Wayne State University in 1994. Returning to Vermont in 1981 to begin a teaching career at UVM, she is presently a professor within the Department of Nursing, a member of the Graduate College, past president of the Vermont State Nurses Association, and a captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve (retired), Nurse Corps.

Dr. Cohen's expertise, research interests, and publications are focused in the areas of cardiovascular nursing (her clinical specialty), reflective practice, nursing theory, caring science, qualitative research methods, health policy, and moral distress in organizations. She has taught both undergraduate and graduate students in these areas of expertise and has a particular interest in developing reflective practice in nurses/students. Consistent with her interest in reflection, she has chaired many students' dissertation committees in the College of Education and Social Services which use scholarly personal narrative as a research methodology. She is committed to the development of caring institutions. To that end, she has actively participated in the governance of the university within the Faculty Senate, most recently as vice-president.


PhD, Wayne State University, Nursing, 1994
MS, University of Michigan, Medical-Surgical Nursing (sub-specialty - Cardiovascular Nursing), 1981
BS, University of Vermont, Nursing, 1975, Magna Cum Laude

Courses Taught

PRNU 234 - Care of Adults/Elders with Alterations in Health (cardiovascular clinical teaching)
GRNU 310 - Theoretical Foundations of Nursing
GRNU 314 - Science of Nursing: Adults and Elders
GRNU 315 - Policy, Organization, and Financing of Health Care

Research Interests

Moral distress and moral decision-making within organizations

Selected Publications

Cohen, J., Rambur, B., Tarule, J., & Vallett, C. (In press, 2011). Stress in the Workplace: Theories and models of Organizational Stress. In V.H. Rice (Ed.). Handbook of stress, coping, and health (2nd. Ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Rambur, B., Vallett, C., Cohen, J., & Tarule, J. (2010). The moral cascade: Distress, eustress, and the virtuous organization. Journal of Organizational Moral Psychology, 1(1), 1-14.

Cohen, J.A., Laskowski, C., & Rambur, B. (2008). The Experience of Movement Meditation: A Dance of Rhythmic Paradox and Time. International Journal of Human Caring, 12(3), 65-73.

Cohen, J. (2005). The mirror as a metaphor for the reflective practitioner. In M.Oermann & K.Heinrich, (Eds.) Annual review of nursing education, (Vol. 3), pp. 313-330.

Cohen, J.A., Palumbo, M.V., Rambur, B., & Mongeon, J. (May-June 2004). Middle school students' perceptions of an ideal career and a career in nursing. Journal of Professional Nursing, 20(3), pp. 202-210. (Abstract)

Cohen, J., Palumbo, M.V., & Rambur, B. (2003). Combatting the nursing shortage: Vermont's call to action. Nursing Leadership Forum, 8 (1), 3-12.

Cohen, J., Palumbo, M.V., & Rambur, B. (2003). Combating the nursing shortage: Vermont's call to action. (pp.3-24). In Harriet Feldman, (ed.). The nursing shortage: Strategies for recruitment and retention in clinical practice and education. NY: Springer Publishing Co.

Kerschner, S., & Cohen, J. (2002). Legislative decision making and health policy: A phenomenological study of state legislators and individual decision- making. Policy, Politics, and Nursing Practice. 3(2), 118-128.

Cohen, J. (2000). Vermont nurses in the military: Harbingers of peace, care, and humanity. Voices of Vermont Nurses. Barre, VT: Asterisk Publishing.

Cohen, J., & Welch, L. (2000). Attitudes, Beliefs, Values, and Culture as Mediators of Stress. In V. H. Rice (Ed.). Handbook of stress, coping and health. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Ford-Gilboe, M., & Cohen, J.A. (2000). Hardiness: A Model of Commitment, Challenge, and Control. In V. H. Rice (Ed). Handbook of stress, coping, and health. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications

Honors & Awards
  • University of Vermont Kroepsch-Maurice Award for Teaching Excellence (for rank of professor), 2010
  • Snelling Center for Goverment Leadership Institute Fellow, 2008
  • Vermont State Nurses Association Service Award for Leadership (in role of President of Vermont State Nurses Association), 2008
  • Jackie Gribbons Leadership Award Vermont Women in Higher Education (Demonstrated Leadership Ability, Role Model and Mentor for Aspiring Professionals, Development of Innovative Programs/Activities in Higher Education, Significant Contributions to Institution/Profession), 1997
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society (Kappa Tau Chapter) Outstanding Nurse Award Excellence in Education Award, 1996
Grants & Scholarship Activities

2010-11 College of Nursing and Health Sciences Research Incentive Grant, $12,640
The Moral Cascade: An examination of how individual moral decision making is experienced in non-profit, health and service providing institutions and how the institutions' virtuousness interacts with those decisions.

  • Co-Investigator(s): Betty A. Rambur, Ph.D., R.N., Department of Nursing, College of Nursing and Health Sciences
    Jill M.Tarule, Ed.D., Department of Education, College of Education and Social Services
    Carol Vallett, Ed.D., Department of Education, College of Education and Social Services
Professional Affiliations

American Nurses Association
Eastern Nursing Research Society
International Association of Human Caring
Sigma Theta Tau
Vermont Association of Nurse Leaders
Vermont Ethics Network
Vermont State Nurses Association

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