Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Phone: 619-858-3105 x 126
Mission Valley Office
Dr. Ben Coleman is the Director of Clinical Training and teaches graduate classes in the Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling Program at Point Loma Nazarene University. He completed his Ph.D. at Fuller Theological Seminary Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA. Dr. Coleman has worked extensively with children and adults, both in treatment and assessment, across diverse hospital and outpatient settings. He has trained in several VA Healthcare Systems, including a clinical internship at VA Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center, and he completed his Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Psychology with emphasis in HIV Mental Health at Harbor UCLA Medical Center.
Dr. Coleman has specialized training in psychological assessment, including psychodiagnostic, psychoeducational, and neuropsychological assessment, validation research and psychometric evaluation, personality measurement, and technology-based assessment. Before joining PLNU, he served as Department Chair and Director of Clinical Training for Argosy University’s graduate psychology programs. He has also taught undergraduate psychology courses as adjunct faculty at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. He enjoys presenting research at national and international conferences, of which his interests include: innovative technology in psychological assessment, evaluation of computerized cognitive treatments, and alternative treatments for ADHD.
Dr. Coleman is a licensed psychologist and provides psychological assessments and an array of psychotherapeutic approaches for children and adults. Using the primary modality of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), he strives to help others learn to embrace all of life’s experiences, from joys to struggles, while taking action toward a meaningful, purposeful, and values-based existence. His therapeutic orientation is also informed by the understanding that we change primarily based on social experience, interaction, and feedback. Quality relationships are thus the integral feature of a healthy and adaptive life. Other areas of specialized training include Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD, Integrative-Behavioral Couples Therapy, Time-Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Dr. Coleman also enjoys helping families of children with ADHD and other neurodevelopmental and behavioral disorders. He is passionate about integrating issues of faith and spirituality into his work with clients.
Dr. Coleman is active in the advocacy community and political efforts to advance the discipline of psychology. He has served on leadership of several organizations, including the California Psychological Association of Graduate Students and CPA Division V.
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, 2014
M.A., Christian Leadership, Fuller Theological Seminary, 2013
M.A., Clinical Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, 2010
B.A., Psychology, Seattle Pacific University, 2006
San Diego Psychological Association (SDPA)
Psi Chi National Honors Society