Research Institute

Elan Cohen, PhD – NJ Licensure

Berlin, NJ (May 23, 2018) – Hassman Research Institute (HRI) is proud to announce that Elan Cohen, Ph.D. has recently earned his Psychology license in New Jersey, and as such, can fulfill the role of Principal Investigator (PI) for numerous clinical trials focused on Central Nervous System (CNS) and other related indications. Although Dr. Cohen has been licensed as a Psychologist for over 10 years in the state of Pennsylvania, his licensure in New Jersey, where HRI is located, allows for the opportunity to have Dr. Cohen serve as a PI for wider span of sponsor studies. Dr. Cohen has worked at HRI since 2016 in the role of Sub-Investigator and Lead Psychometrician for Phase I-IV CNS and medically-focused clinical trials.

Upon earning his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Indiana State University, Dr. Cohen expanded his psychotherapeutic and psychiatric diagnostic and severity psychometric rating expertise as a Psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania Counseling and Psychological Services Center. He worked at the university for over seven years where he also conducted research on treatment efficacy and taught undergraduate and graduate level psychology courses.

After his work at the university, Dr. Cohen held the positions of Sub-Investigator, Site Director, and Psychometric Rater at CNS Research Instituite, a private psychiatric outpatient and inpatient clinical trial site. Dr. Cohen’s pharma work expanded as Clinical Manager and then Associate Director of Clinical Teams and Operations at MedAvante, followed by his work as Director of the Clinical Assessment Technologies Department at the CRO, Worldwide Clinical Trials. In these positions, Dr. Cohen incorporated clinical and operational pharmaceutical study needs to develop comprehensive and efficient global training programs, psychiatric remote ratings, error-detecting clinical data surveillance and analytics, and presented on these topics as well as systemic strategies for reducing the placebo and nocebo effects at Investigators’ Meetings. His expertise also extends to psychiatric scale management services, writing and editing clinical trial protocols, integrating regulatory compliance matters with rater training programs, and producing various scale training videos. Further, Dr. Cohen’s research has generated multiple presentations at several international pharmaceutical conferences on such topics as placebo and nocebo effect reduction methodologies, execution of pragmatic rater training programs, electronic data capturing devices, and methodological implications of psychiatric measures within clinical trials. Dr. Cohen’s research on methodologies to reduce the placebo and nocebo effects within clinical trials continues at HRI, where he and the other HRI Science Division team members empirically investigate and present at industry conferences on this crucial topic area.

Parkinson’s Connection Walk – 2018

Hassman Research Institute was present at Cherry Hill’s Katz JCC on April 15th 2018. The event was to raise awareness for those struggling with Parkinson’s Disease. At this time, there is no known cure for Parkinson’s, leaving those diagnosed with this disease stressed and struggling.

Although it was a rainy Sunday morning, those who participated in the event were in good spirits. The event offered comfort and support to people suffering from this disease and was a great way for the community to come together.

If you or a loved one are struggling with Parkinson’s Disease, request a prescreen to learn more about if clinical trials are an option for you. 

Frozen In Time Musical Production, Breakfast Sponsor

January 20, 2017 Hassman Research Institute (HRI) sponsored “Frozen In Time: The Musical Production” to build community relations and raise awareness for the benefits of clinical research. This was the first time that Berlin had conducted this event and HRI was happy to help. The production was a musical reenactment based on the hit Disney Movie, Frozen.

After the production, guests were provided breakfast sponsored by HRI. The breakfast included eggs, French toast and assorted breakfast meats.

Berlin Boro Historical Holiday Tour Sponsor

On December 9th, 2017, Hassman Research Institute sponsored the Long-A-Coming Holiday Tour. Between the hours of 3-8 PM the community had a chance to explore the history of their town. Participants were able to go on a self-guided tour or take trolleys that stopped at each historical location. The event was presented by the “Downtown Berlin Revitalization”. The tour included 25 sites original to the town, new exhibits and a “roaming” choir.

“Lonaconing” was the name of Berlin Township originally given by the Native-Americans. This was later changed by travelers who crossed through Berlin, to get from Philadelphia to Atlantic City. “Long-A-Coming” became the main stopping point for coaches and carriages on this journey. Thus the name, “Long-A-Coming” Historic Holiday Tour.


Berlin Township Tree Lighting Ceremony

Hassman Research Institute (HRI) sponsored the Berlin Township Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1st, 2017. The event took place at the Berlin Township Municipal Building at 7PM. Santa, Mrs. Clause and their “animal friends” paid a visit to the Berlin Twp Winter Wonderland. The event included a live nativity scene and local choirs, including the surrounding schools and churches.

Community Liaison, Kim Feldbaum, was present for the event. She handed out hot chocolate and promotional magnets to the people who came out to Berlin’s very own Winter Wonderland. Did you know HRI has trials for indications as common as the flu? Request a prescreen today to learn about all the trials that HRI has to offer!

Ronald McDonald 5K – 2017


Hassman Research Institute (HRI) attended The Ronald McDonald 5K at RiverWinds Community Center in West Deptford on June 10th, 2017. The Hassman family has been advocates for the Ronald McDonald House Corporation for many years. This year the Hassman Family was a sponsor for the event and over 30 coworkers came out to join the cause. Four of the Hassman’s placed in the top 100 of participants.

The event was a great day for all who participated. Crossing the finish line, the participants were greeted by food and drinks. Including a beer garden (for those of age), water and hot dogs. The Hassman family will be present at this event again in 2018. Come meet our team and show your support for a great cause! HRI will again be present with information on the benefits of clinical research. If you are interested in enrolling in a trial today, please request a prescreen!



Spring Fest 2017 Berlin Township, Community Information Outreach

Berlin’s Spring Fest is an Annual Event hosted by the Township. The event encourages local vendors and businesses to come out and get to know one another, while simultaneously getting acquainted with the members of the town. Spring Fest was hosted this year on June 10th, 2017 at the Luke Baseball Fields in West Berlin. Hassman Research Institute (HRI) was present to raffle off floral hanging baskets while getting to know the people and companies that make this small town so great.

Spring Fest is a day full of fun for the entire family, with events ranging from, face painting, bounce house, obstacle course, games and prizes to live music, food trucks, car show and wine and beer garden. All of this topped off with a movie in the park at dusk.

2017 was HRI’s first time participating in Spring Fest, but we will definitely be back for years to come. Keep an eye out for us at next year’s event and be sure to come say hi! If you would like to know more about clinical research before this event, please feel free to request a prescreen today!

Berlin Farmer’s Market – Community Outreach – Basket Raffle

If you’re familiar with Berlin’s community, then you are already aware of the love this town shares for the Berlin Farmer’s Market. Located just minutes from Hassman Research Institute (HRI), this hidden local treasure is one of the largest indoor and outdoor flea markets in the South Jersey area. On weekends, the gates open to the public at 9AM and hundreds of patrons swarm the outdoor vendors.

On April 29th, 2017, HRI set up a pop-up-stand for the “Local’s” to find out what we do just hundreds of feet from The Mart. This event was a fun way to let people know just how close we are located to one of their favorite weekend hotspots. HRI Community Liaison, Kim Feldbaum, raffled off a gift basket to those who expressed interest in clinical trials. The basket included: an outdoor blanket, pool toys, beach towels, reusable beach cups and more.

It is of upmost importance to HRI that we inform the community of who we are and how to the benefits of clinical research may apply to them! If you are interested in learning about clinical trials could be benefit you or a loved one, request a prescreen today to learn more!

Movie for Seniors, Alzheimer’s Lecture @ Ritz Theater Voorhees


Hassman Research Institute (HRI) hosted a viewing party for the 2016 film, The Founder, starring Michael Keaton. The film is based on the true story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who took two brother’s small fast food industry and turned it into the largest restaurant business in the world. This Matinee Event was hosted at Carmike Ritz 16 in Voorhees, NJ on February 21st 2017. The event was to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s Disease. Senior citizens (55 and older) in the community were encouraged to attend this free event with a loved to learn about the potential benefits of clinical research. If you or a loved one are suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, request a prescreen to see if clinical trials could be beneficial for you!