Dr. Coons received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Temple University in 1990 after interning in Medical Psychology at the Duke University Medical Center. Following internship, she was a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at MCP Hahnemann University (1989-1994), and then Director of Evaluation, Health Federation of Philadelphia – the coordinating agency for the Federally Qualified Community Health Centers in the Philadelphia area from 1994-2000.
Since 2000, Dr. Coons has been the President and Clinical Director of Women’s Mental Health Associates, Philadelphia. A Clinical Psychologist and board certified Clinical Health Psychologist, she specializes in collaborative, evidenced based care of women across the life span. Dr. Coons’ practice has rotated to women’s primary care, obstetrics, gynecology, reproductive endocrinology, oncology, and urogynecology settings.
Dr. Coons is also a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Drexel University College of Medicine, where she coordinates a course on women and trauma for psychiatry residents. She is known nationally for her interactive presentations to community and health providers on issues affecting women and families. Dr. Coons enjoys bringing the science and practice of psychology to the public as a source expert on for the media and has been cited in online, in magazines and on TV/Radio such as: Newsweek.com, Today.Com, WallStreetJournal.com, WebMd.com, Women’s Health, Real Simple; NBC10 and WHYY.
A Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Dr. Coons has held several leadership roles in the APA such as the Committee on Women in Psychology; Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice; Council of Representatives; the Health Care/Health Science Caucus; and the Board of Professional Affairs. Dr. Coons is also the founding chair of the APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology.
In 2005, Dr. Coons completed the DHHS Primary Health Care Policy Fellowship. She presented at the 2002 IOM National Cancer Policy Board meeting on Women with Breast Cancer; served on SAMHSA’s Advisory Committee for Women’s Services (2003-2007); was invited to the 2004 Office of Research on Women’s Health, NIH, discussion on Five Year Goals; the 2005 Surgeon General’s Working Meeting on Women’s Mental Health; and was interviewed by the National Governor’s Association for their briefing paper on psychologists and health care reform. Current policy and advisory activities focus on advocating for behavioral health services and reimbursement in primary care settings in national and state health care legislation.