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Wilson Recognized for Contributions to Counselor Education and Rehabilitation Counseling Field

University of Kentucky College of Education professor Keith B. Wilson
University of Kentucky College of Education Professor Keith B. Wilson

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 18, 2021) — University of Kentucky College of Education Professor Keith B. Wilson has received recognition from two national associations in the mental health and rehabilitation counseling field.  

The American Mental Health Counselors Association has selected Wilson as a fellow in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Education and Research. He will be recognized as a recipient of this prestigious award at the association’s annual conference in June. 

The recognition comes on the heels of Wilson being awarded the National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns Fellow Credential. The award recognizes and honors those who contribute to multicultural concerns in rehabilitation professions through research, education, practice and leadership. 

Wilson is a professor of rehabilitation and counselor education in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Counselor Education. Prior to coming to UK, he served as an administrator and faculty member at Pennsylvania State University for 15 years and was dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He received his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Wilberforce University, Kent State University and Ohio State University, respectively. As a professor, he routinely teaches undergraduate, master's and doctoral level students. 

Wilson’s research interests are primarily centered around cross-cultural and multicultural issues among persons with disabilities and privilege based on phenotype, such as skin color and gender, in the U.S. His current research is looking at improving multicultural counseling competencies through the use of more application-based approaches to cross-cultural training in both education and in the human and allied health services. 

Wilson has more than 100 scholarly publications and has given an estimated 170 presentations across the U.S. and internationally. 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, and American Board of Disability Analysts (ABDA) Diplomat. 

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