Eli Coleman, PhD

Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Eli Coleman

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Office Phone (612) 625-1500

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

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Robert Kirby

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PhD, University of Minnesota


Eli Coleman, PhD, is Professor and Director of the Program in Human Sexuality. He holds the first and only endowed academic chair in sexual health. 

Dr. Coleman is the author of numerous articles and books on compulsive sexual behavior, sexual offenders, sexual orientation, gender dysphoria, chemical dependency and family intimacy and on the psychological and pharmacological treatment of a variety of sexual dysfunctions and disorders. He is one of the founding editors of the International Journal of Transgenderism and is the founding and current editor of the International Journal of Sexual Health.

He is one of the past-presidents of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), the World Association for Sexual Health, the International Academy for Sex Research and the Society for Sex Therapy and Research. He is currently the Chair of the WPATH Standards of Care Revision Committee. He has been a frequent consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan American Health Organization (the regional office of WHO), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Pronouns: he/him/his


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

Awards & Recognition

United States Sexual Health Award, 2019

US Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Award

First Endowed Chair in Sexual Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School

World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) Gold Medal

Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality’s (SSSS) Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award

Society for Sex Therapy & Research’s (SSTAR) Masters and Johnson Award

Midcontinent Region of the SSSS Alfred E. Kinsey Award 

Eastern Region of the SSSS John Money Award



This lists only ten recent publications.

Bockting, W.O., Miner, M.H., Swinburne Romine, R.E., Robinson, B.B.E., Rosser, B.R.S., Coleman, E. The Transgender Identity Survey: A measure of internalized transphobia. Submitted to LGBT Health, November 2018.

Eisenberg, M. E., Gower, A. L., Rider, G. N., McMorris, B. J., Coleman, E. (in press). At the intersection of sexual orientation and gender identity: Variations in emotional distress and bullying experience in a large population-based sample of U.S. adolescents. Journal of LGBT Youth. January 17, 2019

Miner, M. H., Dickenson, J., Coleman, E. (in press). Effects of emotions on sexual behavior in men with and without hypersexuality. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity, in press Dec. 18, 2018.

Rider, G. N., McMorris, B. J., Gower, A. L., Coleman, E., Eisenberg, M. E. (online first). Gambling behaviors and problem gambling: A population-based comparison of transgender/gender diverse and cisgender adolescents. Journal of Gambling Studies, online ahead of print October 20, 2018. doi:10.1007/s10899-018-9806-7

Eisenberg, M. E., Gower, A. L., McMorris, B. J., Rider, G. N., Coleman, E. (online first). 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, online ahead of print June 25, 2018. doi:10.1111/jrh.12311

Coleman, E., et al. (2018). An integrative biopsychosocial and sex positive model of understanding and treatment of impulsive/compulsive sexual behavior. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity, 25(2-3), 125-152. doi:10.1080/10720162.2018.1515050

Coleman, E., Dickenson, J. (2018). Deviance or normalcy? The relationship between paraphilic thoughts and behaviors, hypersexuality, and psychopathology in a sample of university students. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 15(12), 1824-1825. doi:10.1016/j.jsxm.2018.09.014

Gower, A. L., Rider, G. N., Brown, C., McMorris, B. J., Coleman, E., Taliaferro, L. A., Eisenberg, M. E. (2018). Supporting transgender and gender diverse youth: Protection against emotional distress and substance use. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 55(6), 787-794. 10.1016/j.amepre.2018.06.030

Dickenson, J. A., Gleason, N., Coleman, E., Miner, Michael H. (2018). Prevalence of distress associated with difficulty controlling sexual urges, feelings, and behaviors in the United States. JAMA Network Open, 1(7), e184468-e184468. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.4468 

Coleman, E., Candelario-Perez, L. (2018). The Spanish translation of the World. Professional Association for Transgender Health’s Standards of Care: Introduction. International Journal of Transgenderism, 19(3), 273-279.


Academic Interests and Focus

Sexual health



  • Sexual Health


Center for Sexual Health

Clinical Interests

Sexual health; sexual dysfunctions; gender identity and sexual orientation concerns; compulsive sexual behavior; paraphilias