Dr. Hardin Coleman, a graduate of Williams College, received his Masters in Counseling from the University of Vermont in 1980 and his Doctorate in Counseling from Stanford University in 1992. He was appointed Dean and Professor at the Boston University School of Education in 2008. Throughout his professional career, Dr. Coleman has been interested in the mental health needs of adolescents and their families. He has focused on meeting those needs within educational settings and community mental health agencies.
Before returning to school for his Ph.D., Dr. Coleman spent 10 years as a high school religion teacher and school counselor in Quaker schools. During that time, he started several religious education programs and developed a counseling program for the Westtown School in Pennsylvania. He was also a presenter of workshops at secondary school conferences on religious education, peer counseling, and adolescent counseling. Since starting his Ph.D., Dr. Coleman has been involved in multicultural counseling training for counselors and educational tutors.
Dr. Coleman’s primary area of research is the strategies adolescents use to cope with cultural diversity, particularly in how they affect school and job performance. He is also investigating the effect of cultural factors on the counseling process. As a clinician, Dr. Coleman works with adolescents and their families. In addition, he acts as a consultant with community agencies and schools on issues related to ethnic diversity and counseling. His primary teaching responsibilities include classes on multicultural counseling, family therapy, and supervision of school counselors. He has published articles appearing in the Journal of Counseling Psychology, The School Counselor, The Psychological Bulletin, and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice.
Dr. Coleman was recently appointed to the Boston School Committee, and was nominated to chair the Superintendent Search Committee.