Victoria Coleman-Cowger, Ph.D.

Senior Project Leader - Scientist

Why I joined Emmes

I joined Emmes because of the collaborative work environment focused intently and genuinely on public health.

How I describe our firm to other people

Emmes is a growing company with heart. We care about the work that we do and we are dedicated to improving public health.

A bit about me

I am a licensed clinical psychologist, scientist, and mother of 3 young boys. I am passionate about advancing science towards decreasing health disparities and improving maternal and child health, particularly among high-need populations. I also enjoy travel and attending all my kids’ soccer games to cheer them on.

How I chose my career

I enjoy having diversity in my work, helping people, being creative, and making an impact. My career as a research psychologist has enabled me to do all four through the advancement of science specifically related to high-need populations.

Best part about working at Emmes

The best part about working at Emmes is the people. There is a strong passion for the work that we do and a collaborative atmosphere that fosters success in project execution.

My background

I am originally from a small town in Alabama, graduated college in Princeton, New Jersey with a major in Psychology, and worked in advertising in New York for a year before pursuing a career in clinical psychology. I obtained my Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University then matriculated to American University to complete my PhD. My research interests began in mental health, expanded to women’s health, and expanded further to substance use, always with an interest in high-need populations (i.e., pregnant women and racial/ethnic minorities).


Princeton University (A.B. in Psychology)
Pepperdine University (M.A. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy)
American University (M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology)

Associated projects

Cure Sickle Cell Initiative
CTN 2001