Daniel P. Kohen, MD

Daniel Kohen
  • Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Family Medicine & Community Health, University  of Minnesota; Director, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Program (1978- 2013, retired).
  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Fellow and Approved Consultant, American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH)
  • Fellow, Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH)
  • Diplomate, American Board of Pediatrics and American Board of Medical Hypnosis.
  • Past-President and, for 26 years, Director of Education & Training, Minnesota Society of Clinical  Hypnosis (MSCH)
  • Past-President, American Board of Medical Hypnosis.
  • Co-Director of NPHTI with Pamela Kaiser, CPNP, Ph.D., National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute
  • Author, Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy with Children - 4th edition (2011) (Daniel P. Kohen, M.D. & Karen Olness, M.D.)
  • Associate editor, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis
  • Author of over 75 published manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters.

Dr. Dan Kohen is a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician.  He has taught thousands of physicians and therapists around the world since 1978 under the auspices of the University of Minnesota Medical School and national and international health care organizations. He has received many awards for his scientific writing in hypnosis, teaching in hypnosis, and overall contributions to medical hypnosis.  

Dr. Kohen is an expert in clinical hypnosis for a variety of childhood and adolescent problems.  “Dr. Dan” focuses on empowering children and teaching them skills before pills.  His focus has been helping them to effectively manage a variety of health problems, such as: 

Chronic and recurrent pain

  • Migraine and other headaches
  • Abdominal pain (such as with IBS or Crohn’s disease)

Habit problems

  • Thumbsucking
  • Hair pulling
  • Nail biting
  • Bedwetting
  • Tics and Tourette Syndrome

Anxiety and Worry

  • Performance anxiety
  • Test anxiety
  • Stress reduction


  • Grief and bereavement
  • Loss of a lost loved one (parent, siblings, grandparent, pet)
  • Divorce

Sleep problems

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Waking in the night
  • Nightmares
  • Night terrors
  • Sleepwalking

Coping with Chronic Illness

  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Managing repeated injections or other invasive tests
  • Managing nausea/vomiting associated with treatment

Dr. Kohen grew up in Detroit and graduated from Monteith College, Wayne State University in pre-Med with a Bachelor of Philosophy.  He received his medical degree from the Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1970.  He did his Pediatric Internship at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit and Pediatric Residency and Chief Residency at the Oklahoma Children’s Memorial Hospital – University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City.  He spent nearly 7 years practicing Pediatrics in the Indian Health Service Division of the U.S. Public Health Service, over five years of which were on the Navajo Reservation in Fort Defiance, Arizona.

Dr. Kohen enjoys running, biking, Yoga, photography, and most of all being with his family and especially his grandson, Chai.

Intake form in pdf Dr  Dan's Pediatric Pain Questionnaire

Intake form in pdf Dr  Dan's Pediatric Pain Questionnaire Parent

Intake form in pdf Dr  Dan's Child Health History

Intake form in pdf Dr  Dan's Child Pain Questionnaire

Intake form in pdf Dr  Dan's Teen Health History

Intake form in pdfDr  Dan's Constipation and Soiling Questionnaire

Intake form in pdfDr  Dan's Constipation and Soiling Guidelines

Intake form in pdfDr  Dan's Enuresis Questionnaire

Intake form in pdfDr  Dan's Parent Guidelines Enuresis

Intake form in pdfDr  Dan's Headache Questionnaire

Intake form in pdfDr  Dan's Rating Scale of Tic Disorders