On November 5, 2015, Dr. Robert Colman received Keystone Human Services’ prestigious Edna Silberman Humanitarian Award. This award is presented annually to outstanding citizens who have played a major role in making Keystone’s vision real in the lives of others and who have made significant contributions to individuals and the community.
Dr. Colman came to know and respect Keystone’s work in Harrisburg, PA during the early 1970s, soon after beginning to work on patient rights issues as a professor of social science and psychology at Penn State Harrisburg (then Capitol Campus). He supported the movement of people out of state institutions and into well-run, adequately funded community-based services.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Dr. Colman focused his work on the behavioral science programs at Penn State Harrisburg, and particularly on what became the Master of Arts Program in Community Psychology and Social Change, as well as on various local social issues. A social and community psychologist, he holds degrees from Harvard University (B.A.) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (M.A. and Ph.D.).
In 1994, Dr. Colman accepted an offer to join the Board of Keystone Service Systems, Inc. and has served on several Keystone Boards. Today, he continues to serve on the KSS Board of Directors, as well as the Boards for Keystone Human Services and Keystone Human Services International. He was also elected to the Corporate Membership of Keystone Human Services.
Since retiring from Penn State in 2000, Dr. Colman has continued his work with the American Red Cross in its Disaster Mental Health Services and has been deployed to several locations around the country, including a respite center at the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks. He has served on the Boards of other nonprofits in the area in support of environmental activities and the arts.