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Eli Coleman is an American sexologist. He is the director of the Program in Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota, and a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.[2] In 2007, he was appointed the first endowed Chair in Sexual Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School.[3] He has published research on sexual orientation, sexual dysfunction and compulsivity, gender dysphoria, and sex offenders.[1]

Eli Coleman
Born (1948-08-25) August 25, 1948 (age 69)
Buffalo, NY
Residence Minneapolis, MN
Citizenship USA
Awards Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Award; Gold Medal of the World Association for Sexual Health[1]
Scientific career
Fields Sexology
Institutions University of Minnesota


Membership in scientific societiesEdit

Coleman is the founding and current editor of the International Journal of Sexual Health (formerly the Journal of Psychology and Human Sexuality). He was also the founding editor of the International Journal of Transgenderism.[2][4]

He is one of the past-presidents of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (formerly the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association), the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS), and the International Academy of Sex Research. In 2013, he became President of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research.[2]


Regarding sexual addiction, Coleman has said, "I think the term 'addiction' is overused and implies that all behavioral excesses can be explained by some similar mechanism. What we know about alcohol and drug addictions cannot simply be transferred to other behavioral excesses. Sex is a basic appetitive drive that for some people becomes out of balance for a variety of reasons. For some it is a problem of impulse control. For others it is more like an obsession. For others, it is like a compulsion. And for others, it is a part of their personality structure and has nothing to do with impulse control, obsessions, or compulsions."[5]


Some of his significant papers are:


  1. ^ a b Regents of the University of Minnesota (2015). "Clinical staff, faculty, residents, and fellows". University of Minnesota Program in Human Sexuality. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Eli Coleman, PhD". University of Minnesota Faculty Directory. 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Program in Human Sexuality Announces Appointment of Michael W. Ross, PhD to Joycelyn Elders Chair in Sexual Health Education". University of Minnesota. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "International Journal of Transgenderism: Former Editors". Taylor & Francis Online. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Auteri, Steph (August 2014). "What You Need To Know About... Hypersexuality". Contemporary Sexuality. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 

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