Colin Armstrong, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical
Faculty Appointments
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine & RehabilitationPsychologist Kim Dayani Center
Ph.D., San Diego State University, San Diego, CaliforniaB.A., California State University, Bakersfield, California
Clinical Description
Colin is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in the School of Medicine at Vanderbilt. He is an Integrative Health Psychologist and Health & Wellness Coach at the Vanderbilt Dayani Center for Health & Wellness. His work focuses on mind-body wellness (e.g., adherence to exercise and medications; weight management; adapting to a medical condition; stress management; and the development of resilience, hope & happiness).

Colin received his Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology from the University of California, San Diego and completed his internship and postdoctoral training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is published in such journals as The American Journal of Health Promotion, The Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, The Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Perceptual & Motor Skills, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Global Advances in Health and Medicine, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, and Psychology and Health. He has co-authored a book chapter on motivation for healthy change and is the author of evidence-based treatment guidelines on the topics of stress management and medication adherence.
Clinical Research Keywords
Resilience, Positive Psychology, Happiness, Stress Management, Motivation for Healthy Change, Adherence
Armstrong C, Wolever RQ, Manning L, Elam R, Moore M, Frates EP, Duskey H, Anderson C, Curtis RL, Masemer S, Lawson K. Group health coaching: strengths, challenges, and next steps. Glob Adv Health Med. 2013 May; 2(3): 95-102. PMID: 24416678, PMCID: PMC3833535, PII: gahmj.2013.019, DOI: 10.7453/gahmj.2013.019, ISSN: 2164-957X.