Christopher Lance Coleman, PhD, MS, MPH, ACRN, FAAN
Fagin Term Associate Professor of Nursing and Multicultural Diversity
Public Health Interests
Current Public-Health Related Activities
Dr. Coleman is an Associate Professor in the Center for Health Equity Research at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree from Walla Walla University in 1986 and a Master of Science degree from Oregon Health Sciences University in Family and Child Psychiatric Nursing 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. Dr. Coleman was selected as a NIH/NIA Fellow, 1998 and an NINR Summer Institute Fellow 2002. 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. Dr. Coleman has published research articles, book chapters and has received federal funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and intramural funding for HIV/AIDS and completed a study in Botswana Africa. Dr. Coleman completed a pilot randomized controlled trial designed to reduce inconsistent condom use among seropositive African American men 50 years and older. Additionally, he recently completed a quality of life study for employed seropositive individuals, and is currently enrolling seropositive heterosexual African American men into a cross-sectional study focused on sexual diversity and high-risk sexual behavior. Dr. Coleman is also co-author of the book "Dangerous Intimacy: Ten African American Men With HIV" published July, 2009. Dr. Coleman holds memberships in numerous organizations such as the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society and the American Public Health Association. Additionally, he serves on multiple editorial boards, is a peer reviewer for a number of referred journals. Dr. Coleman is a Mayoral Appointee to the Ryan White Title-I Planning Council for the City of Philadelphia, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care and the National Association on HIV Over Fifty. Additionally, he serves as a Community Advisory Board Member at the Center for AIDS Research, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, and is President of the Board of Directors for HAVEN Youth Center Inc. He has made both television and radio appearances discussing HIV/AIDS in the Black community. Dr. Coleman's research focuses on Health Disparities particularly on understanding the numerous factors that influence health-promoting behaviors of HIV infected middle-aged African American men and HIV & STD risk factors among vulnerable populations who may be incarcerated, homeless, or mentally ill, and has a particular interest in the role of spirituality and religion in HIV symptom management among ethnic minorities.