Dr Elliot Cohen, Senior Lecturer -

Dr Elliot Cohen

Senior Lecturer -

Dr Cohen worked as a Psychotherapist for several years and then worked in Psychiatric units and therapeutic communities (NHS Pennine Care) in and around Manchester; specialising in Psychodrama, Dramatherapy, Music Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Therapies.

He has travelled extensively around the Far East (China, Japan and India) where he studied Daoist, Buddhist, and Hindu philosophy. Following his travels he lectured at Manchester University's Centre for Jewish Studies, on hybrid/multiple religious identities and comparative religion, and was made an Honorary Fellow in 2006.

In 2007 he became the director of the Manchester Academy for Transpersonal Studies, and ran courses for the general public on Buddhist, Daoist and Hasidic philosophy with Manchester University's Centre for Continuing Education. He is also an authorised teacher of Buddhist meditation and Mindfulness-Based Approaches (Dhamma Nikethanaya Buddhist Academy).

Current Teaching

  • Interdisciplinary Psychology
  • Doing Psychology
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Thinking Critically for Psychology
  • Parapsychology
  • Psychology of Persuasion
  • Psychonautics (Navigating the Mind)
  • Social Psychology of Music
  • Peace Psychology

Research Interests

Dr Cohen’'s current research concerns the relationship between Psychology, Religion and Spirituality and Transpersonal Psychology. He has a particular interest in the ways some religious practices (typically Buddhist meditation or Daoist systems of cultivation) have been incorporated into Psychological theory and practice. He was listed in Marquis Who'’s Who in the World 2011 (28th Edition).

Dr Elliot Cohen, Senior Lecturer -

Ask Me About

  1. Psychology
  2. Mindfulness
  3. Religion

Selected Publications

  • Cohen E (2011) Daoism, Psychology and Psychosomanautics. In: Kohn L ed. Living Authentically: Daoist Contributions to Modern Psychology. Florida: Three Pines Press,

  • Cohen E (2011) Jews for Jesus: Occupying Jewish Time and Space. In: Stern S ed. Sects and Sectarianism in Jewish History. Boston: Brill,

  • COHEN E (2010) Daoism, Psychology and Psychosomanautics. In: Sixth Daoist Studies Conference, Los Angeles.