Skip to content Skip to main navigation Report an accessibility issue

Jamian Coleman, PhD

Assistant Professor


Originally from Georgia, Jamian's academic journey as a first-generation college graduate has instilled in him a profound sense of gratitude for the transformative power of education. With a fervent dedication to research that mirrors and complements his role as a professional counselor, Jamian actively delves into the intricate connections between chronic illness and disability, substance abuse treatment and recovery, and the challenges faced by sexual and gender minority individuals seeking counseling. During his leisure moments, Jamian finds solace in the pages of books, harmonizing melodies on the piano, and embarking on delightful expeditions to discover new coffee havens. Embracing physical well-being, he finds joy in various activities such as DDP yoga and indoor cycling and eagerly seeks new and exhilarating ventures for holistic fitness.


  • Addictions & Co-occurring Disorders
  • Multicultural Counselor Training & Skill Development
  • Sexual & Gender Minority Mental Health
  • Chronic Illness & Disability


  • PhD, Counselor Education & Practice, Georgia State University, 2022
  • MS, Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, Georgia State University, 2018
  • MM, Opera Performance, Boston Conservatory, 2005
  • GradDip, Voice Performance, Royal College of Music, 2002
  • BM, Church Music, Samford University, 2000

Download CV

Professional Service

  • Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC)
  • Religious and Spiritual Competencies Task Force (2021-present)
  • Media Committee (2019 - 2022)
  • Webmaster (2019 - 2021)

Awards and Recognitions

  • Biggs Pine Journal Award, Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC), 2022
  • Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, Chi Sigma Iota International, 2022
  • Doctoral Fellow, National Board for Certified Counselor Minority Fellowship Program, National Board for Certified Counselors, 2020 
  • Chi Epsilon Outstanding Research Award, Georgia State University, 2020
  • AARC Sponsored Scholarship Program Award, Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling, 2019
  • Chi Sigma Iota International Leadership Fellow, Chi Sigma Iota International, 2019 – 2020


  • Dispenza, F., Tarziers, K., Coleman, J., & Zeligman, M. (in press). Decolonized and trauma-Informed pedagogy in religion and spirituality competency training: Perspectives from counselor educators. Spirituality in Clinical Practice. 
  • Coleman, J., Dispenza, F., & Zeligman, M. (2023). Exploring stress, forgiveness, and quality of life for individuals living with HIV and in recovery from substance use disorders. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling.
  • Zeligman, M., Norris, E. K., Coleman, J., & Wood, A. W. (2021). Virtues as correlates and predictors of posttraumatic stress and growth. Counseling & Values.
  •  Coleman, J., Huttman, V., Ajetomobi, R., & Zeligman, M. (2021). Sustained recovery from crystal meth: A consensual qualitative research study.Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling.
  •  Rabess, A., Tarziers, K., Coleman, J., Istre, M., & Zeligman, M. (2020). Shifting the culture of basic skills courses: Alleviating pervasive anxiety through experiential approaches. Journal of Counselor Practice, 11(2), 44-65.

Contact Information

  • 449 Claxton Education Bldg; 1122 Volunteer Blvd; Knoxville, TN 37996
  • Phone: 865-974-0734
  • E-mail: