Dr. Samantha Coleman is an award-winning visionary leader, educator and trained clinician. She began her career working in mental health facilities, psychiatric hospitals, crisis programs, and private practices. In 2005, she founded Assist Her, Inc., an Illinois non-profit organization that provided prevention, literacy, and mentoring programs to girls ages 10-18. Through the development of her clinically sound, social-emotional programming for Chicago Public School elementary and high school students, significant gains were made in improving academic performance, school attendance, and decreased behavioral infractions for at risk adolescent girls. Genuine, driven and skilled, Coleman combined clinical training and youth development with grassroots outreach to change lives one girl at a time. Upon closing its doors in 2014, Assist Her, Inc. serviced well over 2,000 females in the Chicagoland area.
Coleman’s endeavor as a socially responsible entrepreneur unexpectedly brought her into the landscape of both public and higher education. Her ability to both lead and manage allow her to visualize the large picture and the minute details that are necessary for true impact within an organization and its program delivery. Her clinical skills allowed for Assist Her, Inc. have become a heralded training for Master’s level interns from notable psychology and social work programs, such as the University of Illinois at Chicago Applied Psychology Program, Jane Addams School of Social Work, Dominican University, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology just to name a few.
Dr. Coleman’s expertise in leadership, management, systems, culture, career advancement, etc. have found her in the classroom as a Professor preparing adult learners for their future careers as scholars and practitioners. She has a talent for formulating information into a framework that creates understanding of core concepts.
Dr. Coleman is a graduate of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (PhD, Organizational Leadership), Concordia University (M.A. Community Counseling) and The University of Illinois at Chicago (B.A. Psychology). Her research interests revolve around Work Engagement and Psychological Capital (PsyCap).