Michael Cohen | Ph.D.
Dr. Cohen is a developmental psychologist and the President of the Michael Cohen Group LLC. He has gained recognition throughout the world for being a provider of superior qualitative and quantitative research studies, as well as his roles as a developmental psychologist and clinician.Michael has shaped the MCG philosophy, which is to go beyond behavior and surface responses to pursue the deepest possible understanding of why individuals act the way they do.
Dr. Cohen is a developmental psychologist and the President of the Michael Cohen Group LLC. He has gained recognition throughout the world for being a provider of superior qualitative and quantitative research studies, as well as his roles as a developmental psychologist and clinician. Michael has shaped the MCG philosophy, which is to go beyond behavior and surface responses to pursue the deepest possible understanding of why individuals act the way they do.
Presently, Michael is serving as the Principal Investigator for two U.S. Department of Education Ready to Learn Media Cooperative Agreements, focused on the use of media to engender disadvantaged children’s early literacy acquisition. Dr. Cohen also serves as the Principal Investigator for a multi-year evaluation of the integration of new pedagogy and services in the Bridgeport Connecticut Public School System.
Michael’s interest in mental health, crisis, trauma and education, combined with his expertise in the field of children and media, led to his role in New York City’s post-9/11 recovery. He counseled both Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and New York City School Chancellor Harold Levy on the effects of trauma in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks, and was the principal investigator of the seminal study, “The Mental Health Impact of the World Trade Center Attack on New York City School Children.”
He has published papers on theoretical aspects of applied research and has presented his findings at both national and international conferences and organizations such as AERA, ESOMAR, Society for Research and Child Development (SRCD), American Education Research Association (AERA), KidPower, and The World Association of Public Opinion Research (WAPOR).
Michael serves on executive board for the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. He taught at the Yale School of management and the Children’s Study Center at City University of New York (CUNY). He holds a PhD in psychology from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Additionally, Dr. Michael Cohen is a published poet.
Amy Siskind | Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate
Amy Siskind is a sociologist with a breadth of experience in both academic and applied settings. She received her doctorate in sociology in 1995 from The New School for Social Research. Dr. Siskind taught and designed curricula for several years at the Children’s Studies program atBrooklyn College/CUNY. At MCG, Amy has managed and participated in both qualitative and quantitative evaluation research for projects, including the U.S. Department of Education’s Ready to Learn Program, and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s “Eat, Sleep, Play” outreach program.
Anna Wegrzyn | M.S.
Director of Finance
Anna is Director of Finance at MCG. She brings twelve years of financial expertise in small- to mid-size corporations, as well as start-up ventures. Anna holds a Master of Science degree in International Finance and Accounting. Her career has focused on financial management reporting andconsolidation, budgeting and forecasting, and internal financial controls. Prior to joining MCG, Anna headed her own consulting practice focusing on the development and implementation of strategic financial plans for start-up companies.
Carmina Marcial | M.A.
Carmina Marcial is a Research Director at MCG and the Account Manager of the firm’s research activities for Project LAMP. Carmina has led numerous formative studies to help inform the development of the children’s media properties for both the previous and current round of the Ready ToLearn Program. She also helped plan and conduct the summative research, evaluating the educational efficacy of properties created for an earlier Ready To Learn cooperative agreement. Carmina is fluent in Spanish and holds an M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University’s Teachers College, and a B.A. in Communications from Tulane University.