Cosgrove is Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Duquesne University. Her latest book, Psychiatry Under the Influence, written with co-author Robert Whitaker, was published in April 2015.
Cosgove is co-editor of Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosis and a contributing editor to Psychiatric Ethics and the Rights of Persons with Mental Disabilities in Institutions and the Community. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and her research on conflict of interest has been cited and discussed in major media outlets. Recent publications include "Antidepressants and breast and ovarian cancer risk: A systematic review of the epidemiological and pre-clinical literature and researchers' financial associations with industry" (with co-authors Ling, Creasey, Anaya-McKivergan, Myers, and Huybrechts) and "Comparison of DSM-IV and DSM-5 Panel Members' Financial Associations with Industry: A Pernicious Problem Persists" (with Sheldon Krimsky). Her research agenda focuses on two main areas: developing training practices that help mental health professionals think critically about and try to avoid bias in psychiatric diagnosis, and addressing ethical and medico-legal issues that arise in psychiatry because of financial conflicts of interest. Cosgrove continued this work as a non-residential research fellow in 2012-2013.