She oversees a variety of student engagement units, including student organizations, leadership programs, new student orientation, campus recreation, student centers, and events management. Before landing on a career in Student Affairs, she enjoyed work in both banking and non-profit management. She holds a BS in Anthropology from the College of William and Mary, and an M.Ed in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland. She recently completed a Doctorate in Liberal Studies at Georgetown; her doctoral thesis studied the effects of achievement-oriented context on student leadership identity development.
In more than fifteen years at Georgetown University, Dr. Cohen Derr has been on the front lines for a wide variety of student programming, involvement and activism. Her research interests grew from the experience of accompanying students on their leadership journeys, through self-exploration, navigating relationships, and developing a sense of purpose. She has advised students on a wide variety of programs and experiences, from campus-wide entertainment, to provocative speakers, to artistic collaboration, to outdoor adventure and immersion experiences. She has presented on leadership development and campus engagement in far flung places like Philadelphia; Las Vegas; Kakuma, Kenya; Doha, Qatar; and Nanjing, China.