Kimberly M.  Coleman, PhD, MPH, MCHES

Assistant Professor





Ph.D., Health Education, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2006

M.P.H., Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan, 2002

B.A., Psychology, Spelman College, 1994





Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES), ID #9473: National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., April 2011 – Present.



Biosketch, Academic, and Research Activities


Dr. Kimberly Coleman is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Health Sciences in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University. Her primary research and practice expertise focus on examining the relationship between religion, spirituality, and health; developing HIV/AIDS prevention education interventions, and community-based participatory research with African-American communities. She developed of the Black Christians’ HIV/AIDS Survey-Revised (BCHAS-R), a first of its kind survey which assesses black Protestant congregations’ readiness for engaging successful HIV ministry. She was also among the first cohort of professionals to earn the Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) designation in April 2011. Dr. Coleman has worked in health ministry management, health care services administration, research project coordination and smoking cessation and weight management-focused health counseling.


Dr. Coleman has also been successful in securing funding for several projects. She was Co-PI from 2010-2012 for the “Minority-Serving Institutions’ HIV Prevention Sustainability Demonstration Initiative” (Status Matters: Empowering NCCU Women Against HIV), a $250,000, a three-year grant sponsored by the U.S. Office of HIV/AIDS Policy in collaboration with Abt Associates Inc. In 2008, she was awarded a $100,000 contract from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation as the Technical Assistance Coordinator for the “New Tools, New Visions 2” project. Which partnered four rural southern Georgia communities and nearby HBCUs to develop community-based participatory research infrastructures addressing environmental health or youth violence, health equity, and social justice. She is also a co-author of two book chapters: Leisure, Health and Wellness: Making the Connections and Navigating Academia: A Guide for Women and Minority STEM Faculty (expected fall 2014). Additionally, Dr. Coleman has presented original works of research and practice at several national annual meetings, including the American Public Health Association (APHA), American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance (AAHPERD), Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), and the National HIV Prevention Conference.


Dr. Coleman serves as an active member in several public health and health education-focused organizations. She was inducted into the Alpha Alpha Chapter (SIUC) of Eta Sigma Gamma, the national health education honorary in 2003. Dr. Coleman has been Chair and program planner for APHA's Caucus on Public Health and the Faith Community, served as a governing board member for the Society for the Analysis of African-American Public Health Issues, and was elected to a three-year term of the Board of Directors and program planner for the former American Association for Health Education.



Selected Publications


Coleman, K. M. & Watkins, K. Z. B. (In press). A tale of two professors. In P. Mosley & S. K. Hargrove (Eds.),Navigating Academia: A Guide for Women and Minority STEM Faculty. Waltham, MA: Waltham Press/Elsevier.


Heintzman, P. & Coleman, K. M. (2010). Leisure and spiritual health. In L. Payne, B. Ainsworth, & G. Godbey (Eds.), Leisure, Health and Wellness: Making the Connections. State College, PA: Venture Publishing.


Coleman, K. M. (2006). Assessing African-American Christians’ motivational factors for participation in HIV/AIDS ministry. (Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2006). (UMI No. 3244495).


Coleman, K. M. (2002). Background. Proceedings of the national service forum: Implications for professional preparation of special education teachers in health education (pp. 1-2). Reston, VA: American Association for Health Education/American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.