Raphael D. Coleman

Dr. Raphael Coleman joined Columbia Health in 2017. Prior to joining Columbia Health, Dr. Coleman led the community well-being team within the Office of Health Promotion at Emory University. Additionally, his professional background in higher education includes experience with residence life, student conduct, and sorority and fraternity life.

As a college health professional, Dr. Coleman works to advocate for healthy behaviors, mitigate barriers to access, and build capacity for resilience in individuals and communities.  To this end, his professional and academic work involves disrupting systems that negatively impact historically minoritized student populations in an effort to co-create environments that affirm students in all of their identities, facilitate their well-being, and enable their success. When not at work he enjoys brunching, visiting family and friends, karaoke, cooking, and taking advantage of the many happenings in New York City.


  • PhD, Counseling and Student Personnel Services, University of Georgia, College of Education
  • MPH, Behavioral Science and Health Education, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health
  • BS, Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Emory University, College of Arts and Sciences

Certifications and Licensure:

  • Certified Peer Educator Training Facilitator
  • HIV Pre/Post Test Counseling Certification

Professional Experience:

  • Associate Director for Community Well-being, Emory University
  • Assistant Director for Prevention Strategies, Emory University
  • Interim Director of Residence Life and Housing Operations, Oglethorpe University
  • Residence Hall Director, Emory University

Published Articles:

  • Coleman, R. D., Wallace, J. K., & Means, D. R. (2020). Questioning a single narrative: Multiple identities shaping Black queer and transgender student retention. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 21(4), 455-475.
  • Means, D. R. & Coleman, R. D. (2018). African American men in STEM: A review of research and new directions. In L. A. Castenel, T. C. Grantham, & B. J. Hawkins (Eds.), Recruiting, retaining, and engaging African-American males at selective prestigious research universities: Challenges and opportunities in academics and sports (pp. 237-247). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Means, D. R., Collier, J., Bazemore-James, C., Williams, B. M., Coleman, R., & Wadley, B. A. (2018). "Keep Your Spirit Aligned": A Case Study on Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Queer Students Defining and Practicing Spirituality. Journal of College Student Development, 59(5), 618-623.
  • Sanchez, T. H., Kelley, C. F., Rosenberg, E., Luisi, N., O'Hara, B., Lambert, R., Coleman, R., Frew, P., Salazar, L. F., Tao, S., Clarke, W., del Rio, C., Sullivan, P. S. (2014). Lack of awareness of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection: Problems and solutions with self-reported HIV serostatus of men who have sex with men. Open Forum Infect Dis; 1(2): ofu084. doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofu084

Awards and Honors:

  • American College Health Association 2017 New Professional Affiliate Award for Southern College Health Association


  • ACPA: College Educators International
  • American College Health Association
  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators