Visiting Scholars

The YSN Office of Diversity and Inclusion Visiting Scholars Program will focus on supporting scholars during their academic sabbaticals, when possible, from an outside institution. Scholars will be selected for their contributions to their professions, and their potential contributions to the intellectual life of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The Program will be open to individuals of any minority group, with an emphasis on the appointment of scholars who demonstrate an interest in health equity and/or social justice. Minority faculty from across the U.S. will be eligible. Appointments will be dependent on the schedule of the Visiting Scholar, but will typically be for no less than one academic term and no longer than one academic year. The goal is to immerse the visiting scholar in the Yale University research environment to help build the next generation of diversity scholars. 

We are pleased to announce that our inaugural Visiting Scholar, Bernice Coleman ’83, PhD, ACNP-BC, FAHA, FAAN, will come to YSN from March 22-31, 2017.  Please see Dr. Coleman’s biography below.  Dr. Coleman’s visit will also overlap with reproductive health Visiting Scholars, Dr. Jemima Dennis-Antwi and Dr. James Kiarie.  Please see a list of events below.


A reception to welcome the Visiting Scholars to the Yale community will be held on Monday, March 27, 2017, 4pm - 5pm in The Hub at YSN.  Coffee, wine, and hors d’oeuvres will be served.  The event is free, but registration is required.  Please RSVP using the webform here.


Dr. Coleman will give a lecture, “Disparities in Survival Among African American Heart Transplant Patients: Will Omics Play a Role in Narrowing the Gap?” open to the YSN and Yale community on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 1pm in Room 11706 at YSN.  Lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP to by March 24, 2017.  Information on the option to join remotely can be found here.


Consult with Dr. Bernice Coleman on a research project and/or career advice.  Sign up for a 30 minute time slot using the appropriate link below.  For an alternate time or special requests, please email

Faculty/Postdoc Consultations:  sign up here  
Thursday, March 23, 10 AM – 2 PM, Room 10308 (Office of Diversity & Inclusion conference room, 1st floor of YSN)
Wednesday, March 29, 9 AM – 12 PM, Room 10308

Student Consultations:  sign up here
Tuesday, March 28, 11 AM – 3 PM, Room 10308


Have lunch with Dr. Coleman!  RSVP to with the appropriate date listed below.

Faculty/Postdoc Lunch – Thursday, March 23, 12 PM – 1 PM
tudent Lunch – Tuesday, March 28, 12 PM – 1 PM

Dr. Bernice Coleman

Bernice Coleman, PhD, ACNP-BC, FAHA, FAAN

Dr. Bernice Coleman, a nurse scientist and board certified acute care nurse practitioner at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, is both a YSN alumna of the class of 1983 and a native of Connecticut. Named in 2013 as one of YSN’s 90 Yale Nurses, Dr. Coleman has made significant contributions to nursing throughout her impressive career. Her work has been presented nationally and internationally at conferences, including the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, the American Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics, and the World Conference on Organ Transplantation.

With a strong interest in ethnic death disparities following heart transplantation, Dr. Coleman investigated and uncovered genetic differences between African Americans and Caucasian Americans that are linked to the discrepancy in survival rates among the two ethnic groups. In November 2015, Dr. Coleman was one of five panelists invited to provide a clinical perspective on issues of translating genomics into practice for the National Academics of Science, Engineering and Medicine workshop titled, “Applying an Implementation Science Approach to Genomic Medicine.”

Dr. Coleman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Translational Biomedical Science, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Associate Professor, Nursing, Medical College of South Carolina. A board certified acute care nurse practitioner, Dr. Coleman currently works currently works in the Heart Transplantation and Ventricular Assist Programs at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She is chair of the Nursing Research Council at Cedars-Sinai, where she provides research and evidence-based practice support to more than 3,000 nurses. Additionally, she oversees an annual nursing research conference that showcases over 60 abstracts, oral, and poster presentations from work conducted by nurses at Cedars-Sinai.

To aid in this effort Dr. Coleman created the Inspiring Writing in Nursing program last year, which encourages nurses to contribute to scientific literature. In the past year, she and her team have mentored nurses who have now submitted papers for publication.

Dr. Coleman is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation. This group provides recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

She earned a bachelor’s in nursing from the University of Bridgeport, a master’s from YSN, and a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Nursing. Dr. Coleman completed two post-doctoral experiences, one in the Histocompatibility Laboratory at Cedars Sinai and the other at the National Institute of Nursing Research Summer Genetics Institute.