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 served as administrator and faculty member at The Pennsylvania State University for 15 years and Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at SIUC from July 1, 2012 until June 30, 2015. 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 (1984), Kent State University (1985), and The Ohio State University (1997), respectively.

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 teaches 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.