Eli Coleman, PhD

Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Eli Coleman

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Office Phone (612) 625-1500

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

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PhD, University of Minnesota


Eli Coleman, PhD, is Professor and Director of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Health. He holds the first 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 most recent publications.

Gleason, N., Finotelli, I., Miner, M. H., Herbenick, D., & Coleman, E. (2021). Estimated prevalence and demographic correlates of compulsive sexual behavior among gay men in the United States. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 18(9), 1545-1554. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsxm.2021.07.003

Munns, R., Dickenson, J., Candelario-Perez, L., Kovic, A., Rider, G. N., Berg, D., Coleman, E., & Girard, A. (2021). Psychotherapies in the treatment of CSBD. In R. Balon & P. Briken (Eds.), Compulsive sexual behavior disorder: Understanding, assessment, and treatment (pp. 109-128). American Psychiatric Association. 

Gleason, N., Banik, S., Braverman, J., & Coleman, E. (2021). The Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on sexual behaviors: Findings from a national survey in the United States. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 18(11), 1851-1862. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsxm.2021.08.008

Parish, S. J., Cottler-Casanova, S., Clayton, A. H., McCabe, M. P., Coleman, E., & Reed, G. M. (2021). The evolution of the female sexual disorder/dysfunction definitions, nomenclature, and classifications: A review of DSM, ICSM, ISSWSH, and ICD. Sexual Medicine Reviews, 9(1), 36-56. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sxmr.2020.05.001

Ross, M. W., Newstrom, N., & Coleman, E. (2021). Teaching sexual history taking in health care using online technology: A PLISSIT-Plus Zoom® approach during the COVID-19 shutdown. Sexual Medicine, 9(1):100290. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.esxm.2020.100290

Ross, M. W., Bayer, C. R., Shindel, A., & Coleman, E. (2021). Evaluating the impact of a medical school cohort sexual health course on knowledge, counseling skills and sexual attitude change. BMC Medical Education, 21, 37 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-020-02482-x

Eisenberg, M. E., McMorris, B. J., Rider, G. N., Gower, A. L., & Coleman, E. (2020). “It’s kind of hard to go to the doctor’s office if you’re hated there.” A call for gender-affirming care from transgender and gender diverse adolescents. Health & Social Care in the Community, 28(3), 1082-1089.https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12941

Coleman, E., Swinburne Romine, R., Dickenson, J., & Miner, M. H. (2020). Compulsive Sexuality Behavior Inventory—13. In R. R. Milhausen, J. K. Sakaluk, T. D. Fisher, C. M. Davis, & W. L. Yarber (Eds.), Handbook of sexuality-related measures (4th ed., pp. 254-257). New York: Routledge.

Bockting, W. O., Miner, M. H., Swinburne Romine, R. E., Dolezal, C., Robinson, B. B. E., Rosser, B. R. S., & Coleman, E. (2020). The Transgender Identity Survey: A measure of internalized transphobia. LGBT Health,7(1), 15-27. https://doi.org/10.1089/lgbt.2018.0265

Zhang, Q., Goodman, M., Adams, N., Corneil, T., Hashemi, L., Kreukels, B., Motmans, J., Snyder, R., & Coleman, E. (2020). Epidemiological considerations in transgender health: A systematic review with focus on higher quality data. International Journal of Transgender Health, 21(2), 125-137. https://doi.org/10.1080/26895269.2020.1753136



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