Olivia Cohen was born and raised in Bangor, Maine. Upon graduating high school, she earned a bachelor's degree in television-radio media production from Ithaca College in upstate New York. After graduating, she went on to get her master’s degree in communication theory & methodology from Cleveland State University in Cleveland. Cohen’s area of interest is understanding the role of emotion in how we select, attend to, process, and ultimately respond to media content. Of more recent interest to her is the opioid epidemic and understanding how media content can help shape a more informed and empathetic culture around addiction. Outside of scholarly interests, she enjoys cooking, true crime, and is currently in the process of learning how to cross-stich.