The area of teaching and research by Charlton Coles has been in the areas of psychology and public health. Charlton Coles has been teaching in face-to-face and online environments for 23 years. His current role at Walden is as a doctoral chairperson. Research by Charlton Coles has included studies centering on eliminating health disparities, addressing environmental justice and assessing communities. His research has included asset mapping to identify the strengths of communities in addressing health concerns in rural areas. Other research interests include, but is not limited to, affective disorders, substance abuse, family psychology, personality, and health psychology. Major work accomplishments have included designing a health intervention for rural African American women and identifying areas of weakness for current environmental justice interventions.