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Sharon Coleman, Psy.D.

 

Dr. Sharon Coleman is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with dual expertise in Forensic Psychology and Clinical Counseling Psychology. Bringing 20 years of clinical experience to her role, she has served as a forensic evaluator and expert witness for both state and federal courts. Her proficiency includes conducting evaluations related to Fitness to Stand Trial, Fitness for Duty, and Sanity, highlighting her significant contribution to the intersection of psychology and the legal system.


Dr. Coleman's educational background includes a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Agency Counseling, both awarded by the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She further advanced her expertise by earning a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Currently, Dr. Coleman holds the position of Deputy Director for Forensic and Justice Services at the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health. In this role, she has been instrumental in shaping justice and mental health policies, having collaborated with stakeholders at both the state and national levels.


Dr. Coleman’s achievements include the development of innovative programs focusing on offender re-entry, community reintegration, and legal system diversion. She has also actively engaged in legislative and policy initiatives, significantly contributing to the expansion of prescribing privileges for psychologists, streamlining forensic statutes, and expanding telecourt opportunities. Her dedication extends to serving on numerous influential boards and task forces, including the Illinois Judicial Conference Task Force, the Adult Use Cannabis Health Advisory Committee, the Firearm Prohibitor and Records Improvement Task Force, and the Sex Offender Management Board.


​Beyond her administrative and clinical responsibilities, Dr. Coleman also contributes to the academic field as 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.

Credentials

  • ​Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Illinois)

  • Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology (PSYPACT)

  • 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

Advisory Boards and Task Forces

  • ​Adult Use Cannabis Health Advisory Committee

  • Firearm Prohibitor and Records Improvement Task Force

  • Illinois Judicial Conference Task Force

  • Sex Offender Management Board

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