Eli Coleman, PhD

Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Eli Coleman

Contact Info


Office Phone (612) 625-1500

Office Address:
University of Minnesota
180 West Bank Office Bldg
1300 S Second St
Minneapolis, MN 55454

PhD, University of Minnesota


Eli Coleman, PhD, is director of the Program in Human Sexuality and Chair in Sexual Health at the University of Minnesota. He has written articles and books on a variety of sexual health topics, including compulsive sexual behavior, sexual orientation, and gender dysphoria. He is founding editor of the International Journal of Transgenderism and International Journal of Sexual Health and past president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, World Professional Association for Transgender Health, and International Academy of Sex Research. Coleman has been a sexual health consultant to the World Health Organization and received numerous awards, including the World Association for Sexual Health Gold Medal and Society for Sex Therapy & Research (SSTAR) Masters and Johnson Award. In 2013, he was elected president of SSTAR for a two-year term.

Pronouns: he/him/his


Sexual health, impulsive/compulsive sexual behavior, sexual identity and development, transgender health, HIV prevention



Vencill, J. A. & Coleman, E. (2018). Sexual dysfunction. In E. Rodolfa & J. Schaffer (Eds.), A casebook and workbook for users of the ICD-10-CM: Psychological and behavioral conditions (pp. 165 - 176). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Coleman, E., Allen M. P., & Ford, J. V. (2018). Gender variance and sexual orientation among male spirit mediums in Myanmar. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 47(4), 987-998. doi:10.1007/s10508-018-1172-0

Rider, G. N., McMorris, B. J., Gower, A. L., Coleman, E., & Eisenberg, M. E. (2018). Youth and provider perspectives on improving health care experiences for transgender and gender nonconforming adolescents: A mixed methods study. Journal of Adolescent Health, 62(2), S4. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2017.11.011

Rider, G. N., McMorris, B. J., Gower, A. L., Coleman, E., & Eisenberg, M. E. (2018). Health and care utilization of transgender and gender nonconforming youth: A population-based study. Pediatrics, 141(3), e20171683. doi:10.1542/peds.2017-1683

Byne, W., Karasic, D. H., Coleman, E., Eyler, A. E, Kidd, J. D, Meyer-Bahlburg, H. F. L., Pleak, R. R., & Pula, J. (2018). Gender dysphoria in adults: An overview and primer for psychiatrists. Transgender Health, 3(1), 57-70. doi:10.1089/trgh.2017.0053

Eisenberg, M. E., Gower, A. L., McMorris, B. J., Rider, G. N., & Coleman, E. (in press). Emotional distress, bullying victimization, and protective factors among transgender and gender diverse adolescents in city, suburban, town and rural locations. The Journal of Rural Health, accepted for publication May 15, 2018.

Allen, M. P., & Coleman, E. (2017). Transcendents: Spirit mediums in Burma and Thailand. Hillsborough, NC: Daylight Books.

Berge, J. M., Trump, L., Trudeau, S., Utržan, D. S., Mandrich, M., Slattengren, A., Nissly, T., Miller, L., Baird, M., Coleman, E., & Wootten, M. (2017). Integrated care clinic: Creating enhanced clinical pathways for integrated behavioral health care in a family medicine residency clinic serving a low-income, minority population. Families, Systems, & Health, 35(3), 283-294. doi:10.1037/fsh0000285 

Braeken, D., Usigli, A. C., Luyckfasseel, L., Coronoa, E., Coleman, E., & Eleuteri, S.(2017). Fulfil youth’s sexual rights! (WAS & IPPF Symposium). Journal of Sexual Medicine, 14(5, Suppl 4), e233. doi:10.1016/j.jsxm.2017.04.121. Abstracts of the 23rd Congress of the World Association for Sexual Health, Prague, Czech Republic, May 28-31, 2017.

Coleman, E. (2017). Evolution of the field of impulsive/compulsive sexual behavior and sexual addiction: A lost opportunity for dialogue. In J. P. Schneider, D. Kaplan, & M. Lasser (Eds.), Reflections on the history of the sex addiction field (pp. 23-43). North Charleston, SC: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

Coleman, E. (2017). Impulsive/compulsive sexual behavior – A sex positive and integrated model of treatment. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 14(5, Suppl 4), e213. doi:10.1016/j.jsxm.2017.04.075. Abstracts of the 23rd Congress of the World Association for Sexual Health, Prague, Czech Republic, May 28-31, 2017.

Coleman, E. (2017). WAS Declaration of Sexual Rights: Operationalization through Standards of Care. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 14(5, Suppl 4), e222. doi:10.1016/j.jsxm.2017.04.163. Abstracts of the 23rd Congress of the World Association for Sexual Health, Prague, Czech Republic, May 28-31, 2017.

Coleman, E. (2017). Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming People: An Introduction. In M.J. Legato (Ed.), Principles of Gender-Specific Medicine: Gender in the Genomic Era (3rd ed., pp. 70-75). Elsevier Academic Press.

Coleman, E., Wylie, K., Coates, R., Rubio-Aurioles, E., Hernandez-Serrano, R., Wabrek, A., Bianco, F., & Forleo, R. (2017). Revising the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) and improving global sexual health: Time for an integrated approach that moves beyond the mind-body divide. International Journal of Sexual Health, 29(2), 113-114. doi:10.1080/19317611.2017.1311126

Eardley, I., Reisman, Y., Goldstein, S., Kramer, A., Dean, J., & Coleman, E. (2017). Existing and future educational needs in graduate and postgraduate education. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 14(4), 475-485. doi:10.1016/j.jsxm.2017.01.014

Edwards, W.M., Hamilton, A.R., Miner, M.H., & Coleman, E. (2017). Measuring sexual health: Preliminary development of a sexual health inventory. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 32(2), 146-154. doi:10.1080/14681994.2016.1225154

Eisenberg, M.E., Gower, A.L., McMorris, B.J., Rider, G.N., Shea, G., & Coleman, E. (2017). Risk and protective factors in the lives of transgender/gender nonconforming adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 61(4), 521-526. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2017.04.014 

Ettner R, Monstrey S, Coleman E, eds. Principles of Transgender Medicine and Surgery. 2nd ed. New York, NY: Routledge; 2016.

Shindel AW, Baazeem A, Eardley I, Coleman E. Sexual health in undergraduate medical education: existing and future needs and platforms. J Sex Med. 2016;13(7):1013-26.

Ford, J., Ivankovich, M.B., Douglas, J., Elders, J., Satcher, D., Barclay, L., Hook III, E.W., & Coleman, E. (2017). The need to promote sexual health in America: A new vision for public health action. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 44(10), 579-585. doi:10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000660 

Bockting W, Coleman E, Deutsch MB, et al. Adult development and quality of life of transgender and gender nonconforming people [published online ahead of print Feb 1, 2016]. Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes. doi: 10.1097/MED.0000000000000232.

Satcher D, Hook EW 3rd, Coleman E. Sexual health in america: improving patient care and public health. JAMA. 2015;314(8):765-6.

Coleman E. Sexual health education in medical school: a comprehensive curriculum. Virtual Mentor. 2014;16(11):903-8.

Coleman E, Elders J, Satcher D, Shindel A, Parish S, Kenagy G, et al. Summit on medical school education in sexual health: report of an expert consultation. J Sex Med. 2013;10(4):924-38.

Grey JA, Robinson BE, Coleman E, Bockting WO. A systematic review of instruments that measure attitudes toward homosexual men. J Sex Research. 2013;50(3-4):329-52.



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