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Hildie Cohen

Pronouns: She/Her

Senior Research Director
Hildie is an experienced leader and evaluator with subject matter expertise in behavioral health and data governance.

Hildie is a senior research director in the Health Sciences department at NORC at the University of Chicago with over 10 years of experience in project management, training, evaluation, and data governance with subject matter expertise in substance use prevention and intervention strategies. For five years, Hildie served as the project manager for the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s Adolescent SBIRT Initiative where she oversaw the development and dissemination of a comprehensive curriculum to train current and future healthcare practitioners to have conversations with youth about substance use. For three years, she coordinated a monthly Learning Collaborative for educators where educators shared best practices, barriers and facilitators, and innovative ideas implementing adolescent SBIRT curriculum. The project trained over 25,000 individuals and involved over 600 universities/colleges and organizations. As part of this work, Hildie also directed a large-scale evaluation of the impact of the training on learner outcomes.

Additionally, Hildie serves as the Learning Community lead for AHRQ’s Managing Unhealthy Alcohol Use in Primary Care where she coordinates two monthly workgroups and an online resource sharing platform for six grantee teams implementing SBIRT and medication-assisted treatment strategies in primary care settings.

She also directs many other training, technical assistance, and evaluation projects that help organizations and institutions implement SBIRT and/or prevention and intervention programs for a variety of mental health concerns such as suicide risk. Hildie manages a project to create and disseminate suicide prevention materials for adults working with LGBTQIA+ youth. She also serves as the Evaluation Manager for ND HOPES, a suicide prevention project managed by the University of North Dakota and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with the goal to reduce suicide morbidity and mortality by 10% over five years in western North Dakota through raising awareness, training, and providing enhanced services.

Hildie has a Master’s in Sociology from Northwestern University and a Master’s in Education in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Hildie has a particular interest in community-based participatory research and serves as a Board Member for the American Evaluation Association’s Arizona Chapter (AZEnet).



University of Illinois at Chicago


Northwestern University


Emory University

Project Contributions

Managing Unhealthy Alcohol Use in Primary Care

Implementation and evaluation of screening, intervention, and treatment for unhealthy alcohol use


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Preparing Hospitals to Address Substance Use

A national training and technical assistance initiative to support SBIRT implementation in U.S. hospitals


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Adolescent SBIRT Initiative: Preparing the Health Professional Workforce

Preparing Health Professionals to Screen and Intervene for Youth Substance Use and Mental Health Risk


Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Suicide Prevention Resource Guides to Support LGBTQIA2S+ Youth

Advancing a strengths-based approach to suicide prevention for LGBTQIA2S+ youth through resource and focus guides


Suicide Prevention Resource Center