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Christopher Lance Coleman, PhD, MS, MPH, FAAN, PMHCNS-BC

Christopher Coleman

Professor and Chair, Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
920 Madison, #1003
Memphis, TN 38163
(901) 448-2176
ccolem31@uthsc.edu 

Curriculum Vitae

Christopher Lance Coleman, joined the UTHSC College of Nursing as Department Chair and Professor, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention July 1, 2017. Prior to joining the UTHSC faculty, Dr. Coleman was Director of the Health Equity Collaborative, and the Fagin Term Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. While at Penn, he served as Chair of the Faculty Senate, and Chaired the Biomedical IRB Panel, and the MPH Admissions Committee in the Penn School of Medicine. Additionally, he served as the Co-Director of the former Center of Health Equity Research Center School of Nursing. Additionally, he has served in key leadership roles in healthcare settings.

Dr. Coleman’s research focuses on understanding factors that influence health-promoting behaviors of HIV infected middle-aged and older African American men and HIV risk factors among vulnerable populations. Additionally, he is interested in symptom management strategies used by HIV infected populations. He has served as PI and Co-I on Federal research grants, foundations, and intramural funding. Dr. Coleman’s program of research collectively makes a substantial and significant contribution towards reducing the transmission of HIV/AIDS to the general public in particular African American MSM and women where rates have exceeded some third world countries. His work has been published in leading peer review journals to multidisciplinary audiences and presented regionally and nationally.

His work has been cited in interdisciplinary journals such as AIDS Patient Care and STDS, Clinical Psychology-Science and Practice, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Vaccine, AIDS Education and Prevention, and Ethnicity & Disease, as well as top tier nursing journals, including Nursing Research, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Journal of Nursing Scholarship, and Advances in Nursing Science.  Dr. Coleman has served on Study Sections, serves as peer reviewer for leading peer review journals, and on several editorial boards. Out of his body of scholarship emerged a book entitled “Dangerous Intimacy, which focused on ten African American men with HIV, and he also authored the book “MANUP” A practical Guide for Men in Nursing published by Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.

Dr. Coleman, has mentored faculty, undergraduate, masters and doctoral students, and he is the recipient of mentorship and teaching awards. Most recently, he completed a yearlong leadership fellowship with the Society of Behavioral Medicine.  He received his BS from Walla Walla University in 1986 and a MS from Oregon Health Sciences University in Family and Child Psychiatry in 1991. Dr. Coleman received his PhD with a minor in education from the University of California, San Francisco in 1996, and completed a Post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles, 1998, where his area of concentration focused on the quantitative measurement of health-related quality of life in persons living with AIDS. Additionally, he earned an MPH from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in 2004 where he focused on the epidemiology of infectious diseases. In 2007 Dr. Coleman was elected to the American Academy of Nursing, for his outstanding scientific contributions. In the Academy, he served on the Fellowship Selection Committee, and as Co-Chair of the Expert Panel on Health Equity and Cultural Competence.

Last Published: Jul 25, 2017