Michelle Coghill Chatman, Ph.D

Michelle Coghill Chatman, Ph.D. (Team Leader) is an Assistant Professor in the Crime, Justice, and Security Studies (CJSS) program at the University of the District of Columbia. Dr. Chatman teaches courses on restorative justice, urban youth development, girls and gangs, and research methods. She is designing the Youth Studies concentration within the CJSS program. Also a contemplative educator, Dr. Chatman integrates mindfulness, storytelling, deep listening, and jazz into her instruction to help promote learning, well-being, and social justice awareness. She leads the contemplative movement on her campus at UDC, through faculty retreats, professional development workshops, and a Mindful Monday meditation series. Dr. Chatman’s current research, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, focuses on mindfulness and restorative justice as a violence prevention strategy for African American youth. Her research team was selected to participate in cohort 2 of the RWJF Interdisciplinary Research Leaders program. She possesses over 15 years of experience in applied research, youth development, and education/human services program management.