UMass Boston

Marc Cohen

Gerontology Institute
Director & Clinical Professor
Wheatley Hall Floor 03

Areas of Expertise

Financing Long-Term Services and Supports, Private Long-Term Care Insurance, Fall Prevention, Service Utilization patterns of Disabled Elders, Family Caregiving, Care Management and Care Transitions, Managing Long-Term Services and Supports Populations


PhD, Advanced Studies in Social Welfare, Brandeis University, Florence Heller Graduate School
MPP, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Prior to joining UMass Boston, Marc Cohen was the chief research and development officer and former president and co-founder of LifePlans, Inc., a long-term  care research and risk management company that works with both the public and private sector on issues related to the financing and delivery of long-term services and supports. 

Over his 30-year career, Cohen has conducted extensive research and analysis on a variety of public policy issues affecting the financing and delivery of long-term care services and has promoted public-private partnerships in helping to address the nation’s challenges. He has testified before Congress, the Bipartisan Policy Center, and other organizations on issues related to long-term care financing and private insurance.  He served on Governor Deval Patrick’s Task Force on Long-Term Care Financing for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and most recently he served on the Steering Committee of the Long-Term Care Financing Collaborative, which recently published  its recommendations for improving the nation’s financing of long-term care. 

Cohen has published widely in scientific journals and his work has been quoted extensively. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine as a thought leader on issues affecting elder care financing. 

Curriculum Vitae