Keith B. Wilson | Rehabilitation Institute | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Education and Human Services

Keith B. Wilson

Ph.D., CRC, Professor

Keith B. Wilson

Program Affiliation: Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration
Office: Rehn Hall 339A
Phone: 618-453-8237


Dr. Keith B. Wilson is Professor in the Rehabilitation Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). He was Dean of the College of Education and Human Services from July 1, 2012 until June 30, 2015. He received his B.A., M.Ed., and Ph.D. degrees from Wilberforce University (1984), Kent State University (1985), and The Ohio State University (1997), respectively. Prior to joining SIUC, he served as a faculty member and administrator at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, in the College of Education, Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education. During his tenure at PSU, he was also the owner and Director of Counseling, Consultation and Psychotherapy, and Services (CCPS) in State College, PA.  

Dr. Wilson’s 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. Committed to the ideals of research, teaching, and service, he has been honored with  several service and research awards including the Researcher of the Year Award from the National Council of Rehabilitation Education (April 2012), the Virgie Winston-Smith Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns (2013) and the James F. Garrett Distinguished Career in Rehabilitation Research Award, presented by the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (2014). As a professor, he routinely taught undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students. 

Finally, Dr. Wilson has been active in Upward Bound, Summer Opportunity Research Program (SORP), and McNair programs contributing as a workshop presenter, social, and research mentor for the past 27 years. These programs are in place to facilitate college and/or 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, and American Board of Disability Analysts (ABDA) Diplomat.