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Sharon Coleman, Psy.D.


Dr. Sharon Coleman is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Deputy Director for Forensic and Justice Services at the Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Mental Health. She has 20 years of clinical experience as a forensic evaluator and expert witness for state and federal courts.

Dr. Coleman has been instrumental in shaping justice and mental health policies, having collaborated with stakeholders at both the state and national levels. Her achievements include the development of innovative programs focusing on offender re-entry, community reintegration, and legal system diversion. She has also been active in legislative and policy activities, contributing to the expansion of prescribing privileges for psychologists, streamlining forensic statutes, and expanding telecourt opportunities.

In addition to her administrative and clinical roles, Dr. Coleman is an Associate Adjunct Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is a sought-after speaker and trainer, addressing audiences that include government officials, legal professionals, mental health practitioners, and consumers on a broad range of topics such as mental health policy, trauma-informed care, and overall wellness.

Dr. Coleman earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Agency Counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.


  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Illinois School of Professional Psychology

  • Master’s Degree in Agency Counseling, University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham

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