Karen J. Coleman
Karen J. Coleman is a Research Scientist in the Research and Evaluation Department of Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC). She holds a B.S. degree in Zoology from Washington State University and an M.S. degree and Ph.D. degree in biopsychology from the University of Georgia. She also completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral medicine studying the treatment of child obesity. Before joining KPSC, she was an Associate Professor of public health at San Diego State University and began her independent work as an Assistant Professor of health psychology at the University of Texas at El Paso. Her main areas of focus are health disparities in chronic disease, physical activity promotion and measurement, obesity and diabetes prevention in Hispanic communities, mental health outcomes for gastric bypass patients, child obesity treatment and prevention, program evaluation research, and community-based participatory research in low-income public school settings.
Biography Updated on 4 November 2012