Priscilla Coleman


M.A., James Madison University
Ph.D., Life-Span Development Psychology, West Virginia University, 1998


Professor and Graduate Faculty Member

Research Interests

  • Associations among maternal cognitions, parenting competence, and child outcomes
  • Infant and toddler attachment
  • Reproductive outcomes and women's mental health
  • Abortion and interpersonal relationship quality
  • Adoption in diverse cultural contexts

Courses Taught

Undergraduate: Child Development; Parenting Processes; Research Methods

Graduate: Family Studies; Research Methods


Coleman, P. K., Reardon, D. C., & Calhoun, B. C. (2013). Reproductive history patterns and long-term mortality rates: A Danish, population-based record linkage study. European Journal of Public Health, 23 (4):569-574.

Coleman, P. K. (2011). Abortion and mental health: A quantitative synthesis and analysis of research published from 1995-2009. British Journal of Psychiatry, 199, 180-186.

Coleman, P. K., Maxey, D.C., Spence, M., & Nixon, C. (2009). The choice to abort among mothers living under ecologically deprived conditions: Predictors and consequences. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 7, 405-422.

Coleman, P. K., Rue, V., Coyle, C. (2009). Induced abortion and quality of intimate relationships: Analysis of male and female data from Chicago Health and Social Life Survey. Public Health, 123, 331-338.

Coleman, P. K., Reardon, D. C., & Lee, M. B. (2006). Women's preferences for information and ratings of the seriousness of complications related to elective medical procedures. Journal of Medical Ethics, 32, 435-438.

Coleman, P. K., (2006). Resolution of unwanted pregnancy during adolescence through abortion versus childbirth: Individual and family predictors and psychological consequences. The Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 35, 903-911.

Coleman, P. K., Reardon, D. C., & Cougle, J. (2005). Substance use among pregnant women in the context of previous reproductive loss and desire for current pregnancy. British Journal of Health Psychology, 10, 255-268.

Coleman, P. K., Reardon, D. C., Strahan, T. S., & Cougle, J. (2005). The psychology of abortion: A review and suggestions for future research. Psychology and Health, 20, 237-271.

Coleman, P. K. (2005). Induced abortion and increased risk of substance use: A review of the evidence. Current Women's Health Reviews, 1, 21-34.

Cougle, J., Reardon, D. C., & Coleman, P. K. (2005). Generalized anxiety associated with unintended pregnancy: A cohort study of the 1995 National Survey of Family Growth. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 19 (10), 137-142.

Neilsen, A., Coleman, P. K., Guinn, M., & Robb, C. (2004) Length of institutionalization, contact with relatives, and previous  hospitalizations as predictors of social and emotional behavior in young Ugandan Orphans. Childhood: A Global Journal of Child Research, 11, 94-116.

Reardon, D. C., Coleman, P. K., & Cougle, J. (2004). Substance use  associated with prior history of abortion and unintended birth: A  national cross sectional cohort study. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 26, 369-383.

Rue, V. M., Coleman, P. K., & Reardon, D. C. (2004). The context of  elective abortion and traumatic stress: A comparison of U. S. and  Russian Women. Medical Science Monitor, 10, SR5-16.

Coleman, P. K. (2003). Perceptions of parent-child attachment, social self-efficacy, and peer relationships in middle childhood. Infant and Child Development, 12, 351-368.

Coleman, P. K. (2003). Reactive Attachment Disorder in the context of  the family: A review and call for further research. Emotional & Behavioral Difficulties, 8, 223-234.

Coleman, P. K., & Byrd, C. (2003). Interpersonal correlates of peer victimization in young adolescents. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 32, 301-314.

Coleman, P. K., & Karraker, K. H. (2003). Maternal self-efficacy beliefs, competence in parenting, and toddlers' behavior and  developmental status. Infant Mental Health Journal, 24, 126-148.

Coleman, P. K., Reardon, D. C., Rue, V., & Cougle, J. (2003). Reply to  letter to the editor by Darroch, Finer, Henshaw, and Jones pertaining  to our article entitled History of induced abortion in relation to  substance use during subsequent pregnancies carried to term. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 189 (2), 617.

Cougle, J., Reardon, D. C., & Coleman, P. K. (2003). Depression  associated with abortion and childbirth: A long-term analysis of the  NLSY cohort. Medical Science Monitor, 9 (4), CR105-112.

Reardon, D. C., Cougle, J., Rue, V. M., Shuping, M., Coleman, P. K., &  Ney, P. G. (2003). Psychiatric admissions of low-income women following abortion and childbirth. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 168,  1253-1256.

Coleman, P. K., Reardon, D. C., Rue, V., & Cougle, J. (2002). History of induced abortion in relation to substance use during subsequent pregnancies carried to term. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 187, 1673-1678.

Coleman, P. K., & Watson, A. (2000). Infant attachment as a dynamic system. Human Development, 43, 295-313.

Coleman, P. K., & Karraker, K. H. (1998). Self-efficacy and parenting quality: Findings and future applications. Development Review, 18, 47-85.