Derek Cohen has been working with children and families for over 30 years. He trained as a clinical psychologist in South Africa, and migrated to Australia in the mid-1980’s. Initially accepting a position at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, the lure of sunsets over the ocean and the best beaches in the world enticed him to Perth at the end of 1988. There followed 10 years as a senior clinical psychologist with the Health Department Child Development Clinics, a couple of years with the Autistic Association of WA, and a return to full-time private practice in 1998.
Derek has been a member of the Professional Advisory Board at ADHD WA for over 20 years. He was also a founding member of the WA Registry for Autism Spectrum Disorders in the mid-90s, which set up the diagnostic protocol that is currently in use in Western Australia, and has been the model for the rest of Australia.
In the area of ADHD, Derek has worked intensively with ADHD children and their families for 25 years. He combines in assessment and treatment a background in neuropsychology, behavioural- and developmental psychology. His treatment approach is often creative as he seeks practical strategies geared towards managing and improving a child's specific needs. He has run many workshops for ADHD WA over the years, and is always happy to share the insights he has gained on his journey.