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Rajal Cohen

Associate Professor


Student Health Center 212



Mailing Address

Department of Psychology & Communication Studies
University of Idaho MS 3043
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3043

Rajal Cohen studies the interconnectedness of cognition, posture and action, with a special interest in principles that apply across the spectrum from high performance to dysfunction.

  • Ph.D., Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, 2008
  • M.S., Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, 2005
  • B.A., Psychology, Wesleyan University, 2002

My research uses tools and concepts from cognitive psychology, neuroscience and kinesiology to inform and inspire questions about posture and voluntary movement—in healthy young adults as well as in the context of Parkinson’s disease, aging and musculoskeletal pain. Recently we have looked at which cognitive factors are associated with postural alignment and gait in healthy older adults, at how postural tone affects neck pain, and at how biofeedback may cause a tradeoff between postural alignment and computer task performance. We are also involved in some multi-site intervention studies and neuroimaging studies.

  • Cognitive and neural factors underlying control of posture and action
  • Neck Pain
  • The Alexander Technique
  • Parkinson's disease

  • U of I Office of Research and Economic Development Research Equipment and Infrastructure Support Award, Electroencephalography (EEG) System for Investigating Neural Correlates of Cognition and Action, 2018
  • Key Fund, 2013, 2016
  • Pilot grant from Mountain West Research Consortium CTR-IN, Lighten Up: Modifying Postural State to Reduce Fall Risk, 2015
  • Kurt Olsson Early Career Research Fellowship, A Non-Exercise Intervention to Improve Balance in the Elderly, 2014
  • University of Idaho Seed Grant, 2013
  • OHSU post-doc paper of the year, runner-up, 2011
  • OHSU Post-Doctoral Training Fellowships in Neuroscience, 2008-2011
  • NIH-sponsored Training Course in fMRI, 2009
  • Penn State College of Liberal Arts Dissertation Award, 2008
  • Penn State University Graduate Fellowship, 2002-2005
  • National Merit Scholar, 1987

Psychology & Communication Studies

Physical Address:
206 Student Health Center

Mailing Address:
Psychology & Communications Studies
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3043
Moscow, ID 83844-3043

Phone: 208-885-6324

Fax: 208-885-7710


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