Saint Louis University

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Research Interests: Support and empowerment for vulnerable children, youth, and families; Families, caretaking, and home services; Diversity and oppression issues; Women's issues

Teaching Areas: Education and social justice; Youth, risk and resiliency; Community based family practice; Integrative social work practice; Services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities; Diversity and oppression issues; Feminist Practice

Education History: Ph.D. Saint Louis University, Leadership and Higher Education
MSW, Wayne State University

Community and Professional Service: Grace Hill Head Start
Jewish Family & Children's Services, Strategic Planning Committee (2013)
School Social Work Association of America, University Professor's Section
School Social Workers' Association of Missouri, Past Secretary
YWCA St. Louis Sexual Assault Center, Sexual Assault and People with Disabilities: St. Louis Study Advisory Board


Professor Wilson has a background of 25 years in social work practice with families, children, and youth. Much of her experience combined clinical and community practice skills, working with low-income mothers and their children, including single parents, adolescent parents, parents trying to overcome abusive childrearing practices, and parents with mental retardation.

These experiences led to partnerships with early childhood and infant development providers. She also worked with self-help and advocacy groups to support client empowerment for families of individuals with mental illness and families of children with disabilities. Her practice experience crosses the fields of child welfare, mental health, developmental disabilities, children's residential services, and social work practice in public and alternative schools.