Colin A. Armstrong, Ph.D

Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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Dr. Colin Armstrong is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  He is an adjunct faculty member at Meharry Medical College and teaches in the Vanderbilt Health Coach Training Program.  He is Health Psychologist in his 25th year serving in that role at the Vanderbilt Dayani Center for Health and Wellness.  His work focuses on mind-body wellness (e.g., treatment adherence, stress / anxiety management), with a particular focus on treating individuals suffering from cardiac and voice disorders (e.g., dysphonia). 

Dr. Armstrong received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with specialization in Health Psychology / Behavioral Medicine from the SDSU / UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, a program offered jointly by a Department of Psychology (SDSU) and a School of Medicine (UCSD).  He completed his internship and postdoctoral training in Health Psychology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is published in such journals as The American Journal of Health Promotion, The Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Perception and Motor Skills, The Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Psychology and Health, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and Global Advances in Health and Medicine. He has also co-authored a book chapter on motivation and treatment adherence.

In addition to clinical work, Dr. Armstrong has provided workshops and seminars for such corporate clients as General Motors, The Tennessean, Alive Hospice, Baker Donelson, Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI), AT&T, Teledyne, Marriott Corporation, Nashville Electric Service (NES), Logan's Roadhouse, Central Parking, Louisiana Pacific (LP), Whirlpool, Caterpillar, Genesco, Gaylord Entertainment, Ingram Entertainment, The GAP, Hertz, Deloitte & Touche, Blue Cross / Blue Shield, and the CMT & MTV Networks.  He has also provided seminars for a good number of community organizations (e.g., Leadership Nashville, AARP, YMCA, YWCA, Rotary International, American Cancer Society, The Girl Scouts, American Heart Association, ALS Association, American Lung Association) and government agencies (e.g., Metro Nashville Police Training Academy, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Metro Nashville Airport Authority, the Federal Reserve Bank, the IRS, and the National Security Agency).