Dr. Coleman is currently the Associate Director for Nursing Research at Cedars-Sinai medical center. She is a board certified acute care nurse practitioner in the Heart Transplantation and Ventricular Assist Programs at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. She holds Masters of Science in Nursing from Yale School of Nursing and a doctorate from UCLA’s School of Nursing. She has presented and published on the care of cardiac surgical patients, critical nursing issues and ethnic immunogenics of heart transplantation. ​


In the realm of VR, Dr. Coleman headed a program called So-HELP - The Sodium Healthy Living Project, in which she worked with parishioners at the Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles to lower blood pressure through a variety of techniques supported by VR. She helped to design a culturally-tailored VR intervention designed to raise awareness about the effect of a high sodium in the African American diet and its effects on the body. In her session, Dr. Coleman will discuss a rare example of community-based VR research, focusing on patient engagement, community partnerships, and the role of technology in community-based care.