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Karen J. Coleman, PhD, MS

Research Scientist II
Research & Evaluation
100 S. Los Robles Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101-2453
Phone: 626-564-3580
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Other Affiliation

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Keck School of Medicine, Department of Preventive Medicine, Los Angeles, California


  • PhD, Biopsychology, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

  • MS, Biopsychology, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

  • BS, Zoology, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

Research Interests

I am interested in the behavioral, social, and environmental determinants of child, adolescent and adult obesity. I am trained as a behavioral interventionist and have conducted several school health studies to reduce child obesity in low-income, primarily minority school districts. I am currently creating a registry of KPSC patients who have had weight loss surgery for research and patient care management. I am also the lead investigator for KPSC in the national Mental Health Research Network funded by NIMH. My specific interests in this area are cross-cultural mental health promotion and measurement as well as the role of mental illness/health in the etiology of child, adolescent, and adult obesity.

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