Christopher Lance Coleman, PhD, MS, MPH, FAAN
Fagin Term Associate Professor of Nursing and Multi-Cultural Diversity, Associate Professor of Nursing in Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Associate Director, Center for Health Equity Research

Contact Information
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 222 Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
tel: (215) 898-0760

Dr. Coleman received his AS and BS from Walla Walla University, his MS from the Oregon Health Sciences University, and his PhD with a minor in education from the University of California, San Francisco. He completed a two year Postdoctoral program at the UCLA School of Nursing. Additionally, he also received special training in neuropsychiatry and neurobiology from the University of California Los Angeles’s Neuropsychiatry Summer Institute. Later he received an MPH from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Coleman is Co-Director of the Center for Health Equity Research and associated faculty in the Center for Gerontologic Nursing Science. Additionally, he is associated faculty in the Graduate Program in Public Health Studies, and a member of the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) in the Penn School of Medicine.

Dr. Coleman teaches clinical modalities in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. This course introduces graduate level students to the theoretical underpinnings and practice of individual, family and group therapy. Additionally, issues that influence the professional practice of advanced practice nursing are discussed. Additionally, he is Course Director for a nursing case study on managing aggressive behavior. Dr. Coleman has taught psychiatric nursing at both the undergraduate and graduate levels including clinical and theory. Dr. Coleman has served as a consultant for developing and evaluating critical thinking methods and developed two chapters focused on psychiatric nursing for NCLEX review. Dr. Coleman has provided NCLEX reviews of psychiatric nursing and has worked as an advanced practice nurse in the roles of Clinical Nurse Specialist/Program Director in acute psychiatric care and as an inpatient/outpatient therapist with individuals and families. Dr. Coleman received special training in neuropsychiatry and neurobiology from the University of California Los Angeles’s Neuropsychiatry Summer Institute and has developed and taught an advanced psychopathology and pharmacology course. Dr. Coleman maintains his clinical expertise through his memberships in the following associations: American Psychiatric Nurses Association, International Society of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses, Association of Nurses in AIDS Care and the American Public Health Association.

Dr. Coleman was awarded a K01 R08095-01 (2001-2004) from the National Institutes of Health to study HIV related risk behaviors in African American men middle-aged and older. The study is completed and the findings have been disseminated. Additionally, Dr. Coleman is a Principal Investigator with a national/international multi-site study which focuses on investigating strategies for symptom management among HIV infected individuals out of the University of California School of Nursing’s International HIV/AIDS Nursing Research Network. As Principal Investigator, Dr. Coleman has completed the following funded studies - (2003-2004) The relationship of neuroendocrine mediators, to depressive symptoms and quality of life in persons with HIV/AIDS; (3/1/2006-9/30/2006) Health related quality of life among HIV sero-positive Botswanan’s on HAART; (7/1/2006-6/30/2007) Reducing HIV transmission behaviors among HIV sero-positive African American men fifty years and older; (9/1/2006-8/31/2007) HIV stigma and sexual behavior among heterosexual black men fifty and older; (1/1/2007-7/1/2008) The Impact of HAART on the Functional Health Status of Employed Individuals with AIDS; and has received funding from the Hartford Center of Geriatric Excellence. Dr. Coleman is best known for his research focusing on health compromising sexual behaviors with HIV seropositive African American men middle-aged and older who have sex with men exclusively, or with both men and women. Additionally, he is exploring health compromising sexual behaviors of incarcerated African American men. In addition to his focus on health compromising sexual behaviors, Dr. Coleman is conducting investigations about strategies used by HIV seropositive individuals to manage HIV related symptoms and the physical sequale associated with HAART.

• Currently Funded Grants

• Center for Health Equity Research

Clinical Practice
Symptom management in individuals with advanced HIV/AIDS
Spirituality and Religion and Health
Mental Health


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he prevalence of HIV infection among middle-aged and older African American men is startling. The sex partners of HIV infected middle-aged and older AA men are at risk. Through my research it was discovered these men were reluctant to discuss safe sex and are engaging in health compromising sexual behaviors. Hence, developing age and culturally appropriate interventions to promote a healthier lifestyle among this population is paramount to their survival and to the health of their sex partners.