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Dr. LaToya O'Neal Coleman

Assistant Professor
and Health and Wellness Extension Specialist

Dr. LaToya O’Neal Coleman is a new faculty member in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences. Her appointment is 50% extension, 30% research, and 20% teaching. Prior to joining the department, she was a postdoctoral fellow of Minority Health and Health Disparities Research in the Division of Preventive Medicine at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama. She also has experience as a child and adolescent outpatient therapist.

Her previous and current projects include:

  • School based projects and interventions
    • Birmingham Youth and Technology Study
      • Examines the impact of technology on psychosocial adjustment among elementary school students
    • Integrating Computing Across the Curriculum
      • Examines the role of computing based curriculum in development of career interests among elementary school students
  • Community based participatory research
    • Birmingham REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) for Better Health
      • Evaluates the impact of a nutrition and physical activity program on produce purchases and park usage
    • Policy, System, and Environment Changes: A Comprehensive Approach to Reducing Obesity
      • Examines the impact of community health workers on individual and community level health and nutrition outcomes


She will teach FYC 3112 Contemporary Family Problems and Interventions in the spring.

Dr. O’Neal Coleman earned a B.A. in Psychology from Tougaloo College, a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College, a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management from Tennessee State University, and a Ph.D. in Medical Sociology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her daughter Mia, visiting parks, and traveling to nearby beaches.