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Lois Coleman

Assistant Professor

Lois Coleman, PhD, MCHES

Contact Information

Phone: (405) 271-8001, x46765

Office: Hudson College of Public Health

801 Northeast 13th Street, Room 467

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104



Dr. Lois Coleman earned a PhD in Health Behavior and Promotion from the University of Mississippi. She is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist and has held professional positions in non-profit, local, state, and federally funded organizations. Dr. Coleman is passionate about eliminating health disparities among minority populations, especially women. She employs mixed methods research techniques and draws from socioecological and community-based approaches to understand health behaviors and outcomes in minority populations. Dr. Coleman’s current research interests relate to obesity reduction through exploration of factors that shape subjective perceptions of body weight and how body weight perceptions influence health behaviors.



  • Doctor of Philosophy, Health and Kinesiology, Concentration: Health Behavior and Promotion, University of Mississippi – Oxford, MS, 2019
  • Graduate Certificate, Program Evaluation, University of Mississippi – Oxford, MS, 2018
  • Master of Science, Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion, Concentration: Health Promotion, Mississippi State University – Starkville, MS, 2010
  • Bachelor of Science, Human and Community Services, Minors: Community Health, Sociology, New Mexico State University – Las Cruces, NM, 2009



  • Assistant Professor in Health Promotion Sciences, Department of Health Promotion Sciences, Hudson College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center – Oklahoma City, OK, 2022–Present
  • Assistant Professor in Health Promotion, Department of Health and Exercise Science, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Oklahoma – Norman, OK, Fall 2019–Spring 2022
  • Core Affiliate Faculty, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Oklahoma – Norman, OK, Fall 2019–Spring 2022


  • Minority Health
  • Women’s Health
  • Obesity/Body Image
  • Health Disparities and Health Equality
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Health Behaviors and Interventions
  • Cognitive Mapping
  • Community-based Research


  1. Johnson, A., Dobbs, P.D., Coleman, L., & Maness, S. (2023). Association between race, pregnancy-specific stress, discrimination, and birth outcomes among US women. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 27(3), 328–334.
  2. Coleman, L., Bass, M.A., Cafer, A., Ford-Wade, M.A., & Loftin, M. (2020). Influences on body size perceptions among Black women in the Mississippi Delta. American Journal of Health Promotion, 34(8), 901-908.
  3. Dobbs, P.D., Lu, Y., Maness, S., Coleman, L., Johnson, A., Metz, S., Vidal, C. & Cheney, M.K. (2020). Gestational women’s perceptions about the harms of cigarette and e-cigarette use during pregnancy. Maternal and Child Health Journal,
  4. Coleman, L. & Loprinzi, P.D. (2017). The influence of weight status duration on weight perception accuracy. American Journal of Health Promotion, 32(8), 816-820.
  5. Coleman, L. & Loprinzi, P.D. (2016). The association between discrepant weight perceptions and objectively measured physical activity. Preventive Medicine, 87, 47-50.