Dr. Lee Cohene, R.Psych

Registration No. 00427
Practice In Clinical Psychology

General Therapy approaches

Dr. Cohene’s psychology practice involves clinical assessment and treatment of emotional, behavioural, and adjustment problems and management of stress in individuals (adults, teens, children), couples, and families. He is outcome-focused and results-oriented.

Lee specializes in the psychological treatment of emotional disorders, behavioural problems, and thought disturbances. He incorporates a variety of therapeutic techniques into his practice, centering on Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and supplemented by behavior therapy, and other therapies where indicated.

The psychological services Lee offers involve discussion and interaction regarding your personal concerns, development of strategies for addressing these concerns, consultation regarding the use of these strategies, and the development of new skills and insights. This may include practice exercises and homework to be carried out between sessions.

All of the therapeutic interventions used by Lee are evidence based, relying on techniques that the research literature has demonstrated to be effective in treating various psychological problems and disorders. He tailors the strategies to be used with each client to the individual’s own strengths and characteristics.

Biography and Education

Dr. Cohene grew up in Montreal, Quebec. He was awarded an undergraduate B.Sc. degree in Psychology and Mathematics from McGill University in 1970. After taking a year for further study and research in Psychology at McGill, he moved to the University of Iowa where he received his doctorate in 1975.

Returning to Canada, he spent a year as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto before undertaking an internship in Clinical Neuropsychology at Sunnybrook Medical Centre.

Lee moved to Vancouver, British Columbia to take up a position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. Prior to that, he had held faculty teaching appointments at the University of Iowa, University of Toronto, and Ryerson University.

In 1978, Dr. Cohene accepted an appointment as Psychologist with the British Columbia Ministry of Health. He went on to hold progressively senior appointments in a suburban Vancouver Mental Health Centre as Senior Psychologist, Coordinator of Child and Youth Mental Health Services, and eventually Director of the Mental Health Centre.

In 1997, he moved over to the newly created Ministry for Children and Families (later renamed the Ministry of Children and Family Development) to head up Child and Youth Mental Health Services in the suburban Vancouver area of Tri-Cities. He held that position for the next 11 years, developing and expanding the service into one of the most progressive mental health services for children and youth in British Columbia, including a new, evidence-based behaviour disorders clinic, an infant mental health program, a Psychology internship program, a multicultural mental health service, and an eating disorders program, among others.

Lee has held teaching appointments as Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Simon Fraser University and, more recently, at the University of British Columbia. Since 2009, Lee has devoted himself entirely to private practice and teaching.

Licensing and Listing

  • Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology
  • College of Psychologists of British Columbia (Reg. No. 00427)


  • American Psychological Association
  • British Columbia Psychological Association
  • Canadian Psychological Association
  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

Honours and Awards

  • Province of British Columbia Premier’s Gold Legacy Award, February, 2009
  • Long Service Award, Province of British Columbia, October 26, 2008
  • Long Service Award, Province of British Columbia, October 23, 2003
  • Certificate of Appreciation, United Way of the Lower Mainland, May 2, 1988
  • Certificate of Recognition, Provincial Employees Community Services Fund, 1986
  • Community Service Award, United Way of the Lower Mainland, 1985
  • Vancouver Foundation Grant, 1983-1984
  • University of Toronto Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1975-1976
  • Quebec Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1975-1976 (declined)
  • Quebec Predoctoral Fellowship, 1974-1975
  • Grant-in-Aid of Research, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, 1974, 1976