Ashley Coleman, Ph.D.

Dr. Ashley E. Coleman is the Acting Chair of the Department of Psychology. She joined UWest as an adjunct faculty member during spring 2015 semester and became a full-time faculty member and Assistant Chair during fall 2016 semester. In that capacity, she served as Program Advisor for all psychology undergraduate students, began a research program, and developed “Mentoring Mondays,” which provides an opportunity for undergraduate students and graduate students to interact which professionals in the field to discuss current topics in psychology.

Dr. Coleman received a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Howard University and a master of arts in clinical psychology and doctorate in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) from Pepperdine University. During the doctoral program, she worked closely with and was mentored by the field’s foremost experts in community psychology and clinical supervision’s best practices. An avid supporter of underserved communities, Dr. Coleman has pursed academic, research, teaching, and clinical positions geared toward empowering individuals to achieve their goals and to optimize their well-being.

Dr. Coleman completed her American Psychological Association-accredited pre-doctoral internship at UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services where she provided individual therapy, group therapy, crisis intervention, and outreach presentations to a diverse student population. In this role, Dr. Coleman received advanced training from experts in multicultural counseling, crisis intervention, and evidence-based practice for trauma; particularly for individuals for multiple minority membership. Additionally, Dr. Coleman served as the liaison for the UCLA Athletic Department by providing in-service trainings to 23 athletic teams about a range of topics including academic preparation, sexual assault prevention, and healthy relationships.

Dr. Coleman has published in the areas of sport psychology, women and spirituality, and stress and coping. During the spring 2019 semester, Dr. Coleman and two current MFT students presented a paper at the Center for Performance Psychology Conference. Additionally, during summer 2018, Dr. Coleman presented her research at the American Psychological Association’s Annual Convention and The 50th Annual Conference for the Association of Black Psychologists.

As a devoted sports fan, Dr. Coleman spends her leisure time engaging in self-care by rooting for the Los Angeles Lakers and the Green Bay Packers.

It is Dr. Coleman’s intention and hope that prospective students, current students, and alums of UWest appreciate the safe space that she creates in her office. You can see her on campus often walking with students while drinking her favorite latte. In stressful times during the semester, she posts inspirational quotes on her office’s door including her favorite quote, “It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela.