Title: Director, Medical Physiologist, Medical Educator
Company: Clayton State University
Location: Fayetteville, Georgia, United States
Richard L. Coulson, Ph.D., Director, Medical Physiologist and Medical Educator at Clayton State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the medical and education industries.
Dr. Coulson has been a medical education consultant at the College of Health at Clayton State University in Morrow, GA, since 2014. Prior to this, he worked as a professor and the chair of physician assistant education at Saint Louis University from 2013 to 2014, a professor and instructor in anatomy and physiology at Gordon State College in Barnesville, GA from 2010 to 2012, and a founding professor in physiology and evaluation director at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton, PA, from 2008 to 2009. He was also a professor and the director of instructional development and assessment at Clayton State University from 2006 to 2008 and a professor at the Carbondale campus of the Windsor University School of Medicine in St. Kitts and Nevis from 2004 to 2006. In addition, he has held many teaching and committee positions at several other institutions.
Prior to pursuing an education, Dr. Coulson served in the 176th Canadian Scottish Regiment from 1958 to 1960. He studied at the University of Toronto for one year before earning a Bachelor of Science in zoology, botany and philosophy from the University of Calgary in 1967. The following year, he received a Master of Science in physiology and biophysics at the University of Alberta. He then, in 1968, returned to the University of Toronto to obtain a Doctor of Philosophy in physiology and bioengineering in 1971. Upon graduating, Dr. Coulson became a postdoctoral research associate in the department of physiology at University College London on a Fellowship from the Canadian Medical Research Council, and then received a postdoctoral cardiac fellowship from the cardiology section of the department of medicine at Temple University in 1973. He went on to receive more fellowships from the American Heart Association, the Medical Research Council of Canada, and the Canadian Heart Fund. He was appointed the Associate Director of the Cardiology Laboratories at Temple University and Asst. Professor of Medicine and Physiology from 1974-78. Most significantly, Dr. Coulson spent the next twenty-six years at the, then new, Medical School of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU) where he became full Professor of Physiology, Medical Education, Educational Psychology, and adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering (Biomedical).
During his tenure at SIU, with the guidance of Howard S. Barrows, in 1982, he presented the first Problem Based Learning (PBL) curriculum in Medicine at SIU. In 1993, he helped launch the Physician Assistant Program at SIU Carbondale. Now in its twenty-sixth year the SIU PA program, using the Problem Based Learning curriculum, is amongst the most successful PA programs in the country.
Over the 18-year span from 1982, PBL was gradually introduced until the year 2000 when it was formally implemented as the basis for the entire four-year curriculum in Medicine. Problem Based Learning and Performance Based Evaluation is now widely found in American Medical Education in both Allopathic and Osteopathic Medical Schools. During his tenure at SIU, Dr. Coulson also was tutored in Educational Psychology by the co-inventors of Cognitive Flexibility Theory, Rand J. Spiro and Paul J. Feltovich. He also became Professor of Educational Psychology and the Provost’s Director of Assessment and Accreditation for the entire University from 1997 until his retirement in 2004.
In addition to his professional positions, Dr. Coulson has been the chief financial officer of the Educational Consortium For Artificial Intelligence, Inc., in Carbondale, IL, since 1990 (Now ECFAI LLC of Fayetteville, GA). He has volunteered with many other organizations and has been a reviewer and contributor to numerous professional journals. He was also an editor for Transactions, the Journal of the Illinois Academy of Science from 1980 to 1983 and an editorial consultant for the Institute of Physics since 1980, among many others. He is known for co-inventing Cognitive Flexibility Theory, and advancing Problem Based Learning in Medicine, as well as his discovery of catecholamine depletion in cardiac hypertrophy and depression of cardiac muscle activation by nitroglycerine. He has been awarded many accolades for his accomplishments and is listed in the eighth edition of Who’s Who in American Education.
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