Keith B. Wilson, Ph.D.
Professor of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education
Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Rehabilitation Counseling
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 served as administrator and faculty member at The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) for 15 years and 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 over 100 scholarly publications (e.g., journal articles, books, book chapters) and an estimated 170 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 is looking at improving the Multicultural Counseling Competencies to use more application approaches to cross-cultural training in both education and in the 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.
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 30 years. These programs are in place to facilitate college and graduate school success for students from underrepresented populations. He is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Illinois, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in Kentucky, American Board of Disability Analysts (ABDA) Diplomat, and a Fellow for the National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns (FNAMRC).