Keith B. Wilson, Ph.D.
Program Chair and Director of Graduate Studies in Counselor Education
Professor of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education
Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Counselor Education
208 Taylor Education Building
Dr. Keith B. Wilson is a Professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Counselor Education at the University of Kentucky. He is the Program Chair and Director of Graduate Studies in the Counselor Education Program. He served as administrator and faculty member at The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) for 15 years and as Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. During his tenure at Penn State University, he was also the owner and Director of Counseling, Consultation, and Psychotherapy, and Services (CCPS) in State College, PA. He received his B.A., M.Ed., and Ph.D. degrees from Wilberforce University, Kent State University, and The Ohio State University, respectively. As a professor, he routinely teaches undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level students.
Dr. Wilson has well over 100 scholarly publications (e.g., journal articles, books, book chapters) and an estimated 190 presentations at the local, state, national and international levels. His research interests are primarily centered around two areas: (1) Cross-cultural/multicultural issues among persons with disabilities and (2) privilege based on phenotype (e.g., skin color, gender) in the United States. His current research looks at improving the Multicultural Counseling Competencies to use more application approaches to cross-cultural training in both education and human and allied health services.
Committed to the ideals of research, teaching, and service, he has been honored with several service, research and lifetime achievement awards including the Virgie Winston-Smith Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns and the James F. Garrett Distinguished Career in Rehabilitation Research Award, presented by the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association. He is also a Fellow in the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns (NAMRC), to name a few.
He is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Illinois, and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in Kentucky. Finally, Dr. Wilson has been active in Upward Bound, Summer Opportunity Research Program (SORP), and the Ronald McNair programs contributing as a workshop presenter, social, and research mentor for over 35 years. These programs are in place to facilitate college and graduate school success for students from underrepresented populations.