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CURRICULUM VITAE

Samantha L. Wilson PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatrics Psychology and Developmental Medicine
Infant Mental Health Mentor – Clinical (Level IV)
OFFICE ADDRESS:
Lilly Centre
13800 W North Ave
Brookfield, WI 53005

EDUCATION:
08/1995 - 12/1998 B.S. & B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO
08/2000 - 05/2003 M.S., Saint Louis University, APA Accredited Clinical Psychology Training Program, Saint Louis
06/2003 - 08/2006 Ph.D., Saint Louis University, APA Accredited Clinical Psychology Training Program, Saint Louis

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING AND FELLOWSHIP APPOINTMENTS:
06/2005 - 08/2005 APA Accredited Psychology Internship, Tulane University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA
09/2005 - 08/2006 APA Accredited Clinical Psychology Internship, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
09/2006 - 07/2008 APA Accredited Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Early Childhood Clinical Research Center, Bradley/Hasbro Children's Research Center, Providence, RI

FACULTY APPOINTMENTS:
10/2008 - 06/2014 Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Child Development, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI 53201
07/2014 - Present Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Child Development, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI 53201

RESEARCH ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS:
2001 - 2002 Research Assistant, Pediatric-Psychology Partnership for Abuse Prevention, Funded by US Department for Health and Human Services, St. Louis, MO 63110
2002 - 2005 Project Coordinator – St. Louis Site, Neurobehavioral Correlates of of Craniosynostosis, Funded by National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, St. Louis, MO 63110
2006 - 2008 Research Assistant, Implementation and Evaluation of the Incredible Years Series in Head Start, Funded by Rhode Island Department of Mental Health, Retardation, and Hospitals Community Based Substance Abuse Prevention, Providence, RI 02906
2006 - 2008 Project Coordinator, Child Care Support Network Mental Health Consultation, Funded by Rhode Island Department of Health, Providence, RI 02906
01/2017 - Present Research Collaborator, Understanding the Role of Heritage Travel in Intercountry Adoptees’ Ethnic Identity Development and Well-Being, Funded by Augsburg College
01/2017 - Present Site Investigator, Project PRIME (Psychosocial Response to International Medical Electives), multi-institutional study protocol, 7 participating institutions, Partially funded by American Academy of Pediatrics Resident Research Grant, Milwaukee, WI

HOSPITAL STAFF PRIVILEGES:
10/2008 - Present Child Development, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Child Development Center, PO Box 1997-MS 744, Milwaukee, WI 53201

SPECIALTY BOARDS AND CERTIFICATION:
Certificates
Issued By Issue DateExpiration
University of Wisconsin Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Certificate
University of Wisconsin - Madison
06/2011
None
Child Parent Psychotherapy - Implementation Level
Child Trauma Research Program - UCSF
05/2016
None
Infant Mental Health Mentor - Clinical (Level IV)
Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health
01/2017
None
Accredited Training for Adoption Competency - Advanced Certificate
C.A.S.E. Center for Adoption Support and Education (Maryland)
07/2017
None
 

Licensure
Number Issue DateExpiration
Wisconsin License
2754-57
10/08/2008
09/30/2023
 

AWARDS AND HONORS:
2001 Nebraska Psychological Society, Award of Significant Achievement
2004 Torch Bearer for the XXVIII Olympic Games-Saint Louis, MO
2005 Allan G. Barclay Departmental Award for Excellence in Coursework, Clinical Work and Research, Saint Louis University, Department of Psychology
2005 Award of Merit for Student International Research, American Psychological Association - Division 52
2011 Selected to participate in a month-long vocational exchange in Italy with full funding provided by The Rotary Foundation, District 6270 of Rotary International
2013 MCW Outstanding Medical Student Teacher for the 2012-2013 Academic Year, MCW Global Health Pathway
2015 MCW Outstanding Medical Student Teacher for the 2014-2015 Academic Year, MCW Global Health Pathway
2017 Expert Clinician; Recognized for clinical excellence and collegiality; Designated for <10% of Department Faculty, MCW Department of Pediatrics
10/2021 Honored as a member of the DOP Psychology Team for the Excellence in Professionalism Award, Children’s Specialty Group and Children’s Wisconsin
10/2021 - Present Rostered Content Expert, Fulbright Specialist Program

MEMBERSHIPS IN HONORARY AND PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES:
2001 - Present American Psychological Association
2008 - Present Wisconsin Psychological Association
2009 - 2014 Joint Council on International Children's Services
2009 - Present American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Foster Care, Adoption, and Kinship Care (Affiliate Member)
2009 - Present American Academy of Pediatrics Section on International Child Health (Affiliate Member)
2011 - Present Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health
2011 - 2014 World Association of Infant Mental Health
2016 - Present Theraplay® Association (General Member)
05/31/2019 - Present National Black Child Development Institute (General Member)

EDITORSHIPS/EDITORIAL BOARDS/JOURNAL REVIEWS:
Editorial Board
2013 - Present Adoption Quarterly
Journal Review
2010 International Social Work
2011 - 2012 International Perspectives in Psychology
2012 Adoption Quarterly
2012 Infant Mental Health Journal
2013 Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation
2016 Infant Mental Health Journal
2018 - Present Journal of Cross Cultural Pschology

LOCAL/REGIONAL APPOINTED LEADERSHIP AND COMMITTEE POSITIONS:
01/2015 - 07/2017 Advisory Committee Member, Wisconsin CYSHCN Medical Home Systems Integration Project, 3-year Federal Maternal Child Health Bureau Grant
09/2017 - Present Invited Volunteer, Provide expertise and guidance as requested by WI-AIMH to support Infant Mental Health workforce development and capacity building within Wisconsin, Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health (WI-AIMH)
01/2018 - Present Invited Member, Advisory Council, Coalition for Children, Youth, and Families
02/2018 - 08/2019 Apprentice Trainer, co-lead/facilitate an 18-month CPP training curriculum for licensed mental health clinicians throughout Wisconsin. CPP is a trauma-informed, evidence- and relationship-based therapeutic treatment for children from birth to age 6 who have early trauma histories and experiencing emotional, behavior, relational, and/or mental health problems., Contracted by UW-Madison, Department of Psychiatry
08/2019 - Present Wisconsin State Trainer; One of 4 state-wide trainers to educate clinicians regarding implementation of Child Parent Psychotherapy for children under 6 who have experienced trauma., Child Parent Psychotherapy
02/2020 - Present Regional Advisory Board Member, Wisconsin Adoption and Permanency Support Program

INTERNATIONAL ELECTED/APPOINTED LEADERSHIP AND COMMITTEE POSITIONS:
02/2020 - Present Selected Member, Global Early Childhood Development (ECD) Project Advisory Committee, American Academy of Pediatrics

RESEARCH GRANTS/AWARDS/CONTRACTS/PROJECTS:
Prior
Non-Peer Review
Title:
Smile On Max
Source:
Memorial Grant gifted to the International Adoption Clinic
Dates:
2014 - 2017
Direct Funds:
$21,000 (Ongoing collaboration with MCW Affiliate to administer the grant in accordance with funders' wishes)
 

INVITED LECTURES/WORKSHOPS/PRESENTATIONS:
Local
WILSON, S.L., Hurricane Katrina: How social workers can intervene with groups following disasters, Social work undergraduate students at the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 02/2006
WILSON, S.L., View from the front lines of disaster., St. Petersburg College's Conference on Disaster Counseling: Planning, Responding, and Recovering., St. Petersburg, FL, 04/2006
Stewart, A.J. & WILSON, S.L., Promoting mental health and wellness., Invited presentation to Mentors affiliated with Big Sisters of Rhode Island, Warwick, RI, 06/2007
WILSON, S.L., The proactive teacher - The power of adult attention and positive language., Presentation to K-12 Teachers at Meeting Street School, Providence, RI, 02/2008
WILSON, S.L., Development and behavior during the preschool and school-age years., Annual Families with Children from China New Year's Event, West Bend, WI, 01/2009
WILSON, S.L., Positive behavior support in the preschool setting., West Allis Family Child Care Association, West Allis, WI, 02/2009
WILSON, S.L., Attending to relationships: Attachment and the internationally adopted child., International Adoption Educational Seminar through Bethany Christian Services, Brookfield, WI, 03/2009
WILSON, S.L., The psychology of international adoptions., Radio interview with Stephanie Lecci, WUWM Lake Effect. Available at http://www.wuwm.com/programs/lake_effect/view_le.php?articleid=693, 04/13/2009
WILSON, S.L., The impact of trauma on child behavior and parenting., Mandatory pre-adoptive parent training through Bethany Christian Services, Wauwatosa, WI, 04/2010
WILSON, S.L., Attending to relationships: Attachment and the internationally adopted child., Mandatory pre-adoptive parent training through Bethany Christian Services, Wauwatosa, WI, 04/2010
WILSON, S.L., Understanding behavior: How to recognize and respond to your child's unspoken needs., Post-adoption conference through Bethany Christian Services, Delafield, WI, 05/2010
WILSON, S.L., Promoting Positive Behavior in the Preschool Classroom, Invited workshop as part of annual training for Waukesha Head Start Teachers, Waukesha, WI, 08/2012
WILSON, S.L., Ask the Doctor, Invited Q&A webinar for foster/adoptive families to inquire about psychosocial/developmental concerns for their children. Hosted by the Coalition for Children, Youth, and Families, Milwaukee, WI, 05/13/2013
WILSON, S.L., Trauma-informed care in Head Start: How early adversity impacts behavior and development, Invited presentation as part of annual staff training for Waukesha Head Start, Waukesha, WI, 08/2013
WILSON, S.L., Early Adversity and its Effects on Children’s Development and Relationships, Invited day-long presentation to families and professional staff on behalf of the Door County Department of Community Programs, Sturgeon Bay, WI, 05/02/2014
WILSON, S.L., Behavior Support Plans., Invited presentation as part of annual staff training for Waukesha Head Start, Waukesha, WI, 08/31/2015
WILSON, S.L., Foster Care and Adoption in the Classroom., Invited presentation as part of annual staff training for Waukesha Head Start, Waukesha, WI, 08/29/2016
WILSON, S.L., Emotion regulation from early childhood to adulthood, Invited presentation as part of annual staff training for Waukesha Head Start, Waukesha, WI, 08/2017
WILSON, S.L., Developmental Trauma: The Impact of Early Adversity on Brain and Behavior., Invited lecture to families and professional staff on behalf of the Door County Department of Human Services, Sturgeon Bay, WI, 06/14/2018
WILSON, S.L., Trauma Responsive Environments: How Early Adversity Impacts Behavior and Development, . Invited lecture to families and professional staff as part of the Hope Beyond the Hurt; Trauma Informed Care & Resilience Conference, Sturgeon Bay, WI, 08/2019 - Present
WILSON, S.L., When Difficult Behaviors Arise Post Adoption, Invited lecture to families and professional staff as part of the Hope Beyond the Hurt; Trauma Informed Care & Resilience Conference, Sturgeon Bay, WI, 08/2019 - Present
WILSON, S.L., Navigating the Teenage Years., Invited lecture to adoptive families by the Wisconsin Adoption and Permanency Support Program, Madison, WI, 11/12/2019
WILSON, S.L., Helping youth cope with trauma and grief, Invited lecture to families by the Kettle Moraine School District Parent Resource Network, Dousman, WI, 02/2020 - Present
WILSON, S.L., International Adoption: Clinical Needs and Community Support., Invited web-based lecture within monthly Waukesha County Coordinated Service Team (CST) meeting., On-line, 11/18/2020
 
Regional
WILSON, S.L., Disaster recovery and crisis intervention: Reflections from the Houston Astrodome following Hurricane Katrina., Presentation to faculty and staff at Florida Mental Health Institute, Tampa, FL, 01/2006
WILSON, S.L., Reflections from the couch: Common therapeutic concerns for international families., Biennial Focus on the Child International Adoption Conference sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families., Madison, WI, 10/2009
WILSON, S.L., Early relationships matter: What is infant mental health and how does it apply to your work?, Early Head Start Innovation Fest, Waukesha, WI, 11/2010
WILSON, S.L., Supporting international families: resources and insights from the international adoption clinic. Invited presentation to agency staff and adoptive families., Hosted by Adoption Resources of Wisconsin and available via webinar., Milwaukee, WI, 03/2011
WILSON, S.L., Navigating the teenage years, Day-long post-adoption support conference. Hosted by Southern Wisconsin Post Adoption Resource Center and Local Adoptive Families, Madison, WI, 07/2011
WILSON, S.L., Trauma-Informed Care: How early adversity impacts brain development and later behavior., Day-long post-adoption support conference. Hosted by Southern Wisconsin Post Adoption Resource Center and Local Adoptive Families, Madison, WI, 07/2011
WILSON, S.L., Supporting family relationships during post-adoption visits., Invited presentation as part of the biennial Focus on the Child International Adoption Conference sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families., Madison, WI, 10/2011
WILSON, S.L., Supporting FRUA families: How early adversity impacts brain development and later behavior, Invited presentation to the Wisconsin and Illinois Chapters of FRUA (Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption, a Parent-Support Network)., New Berlin, WI, 03/2012
WILSON, S.L., Toxic stress: The impact of early adversity on brain development and child behavior, Part 1 – Neurobiology of chronic (toxic) stress., Invited presentation to community professionals and adoptive families. Hosted Bethany Christian Services and Cornerstone Church; also available via webinar., Milwaukee, WI, 05/2012
WILSON, S.L., Toxic Stress, Part II: How does the impact of toxic stress help us to understand challenging behavior?, Invited webinar presentation to community professionals and adoptive families. Hosted Bethany Christian Services, Cornerstone Church, and Adoption Resources of Wisconsin., Webinar transmitted from Milwaukee, WI, 09/2012
WILSON, S.L. & Hetzel, L., Toxic Stress, Part III: Incorporating a trauma-sensitive approach in the early family integration of the older child., Invited webinar presentation to community professionals and adoptive families. Hosted Bethany Christian Services, Cornerstone Church, and Adoption Resources of Wisconsin., Webinar transmitted from Milwaukee, WI, 11/2012
WILSON, S.L., Strengthening families: Strategies to enhance pre- and post-adoption care, Invited presentation to social work professionals. Hosted by the Wisconsin Association of Family and Children’s Agencies, Pewaukee, WI, 05/07/2013
WILSON, S.L., Jockey – Being Family. Supporting the unspoken needs within adoptive families., Invited presentation to adoptive families. Hosted by the Coalition for Children, Youth, and Families, Oconomowoc, WI., 06/2013
WILSON, S.L., Supporting post-adoption placements., Invited lecture the Annual Changing Face of Adoption Conference Sponsored by Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Wisconsin Dells, WI., 09/09/2014
WILSON, S.L., Supporting the professional self: Managing stress and secondary trauma in child welfare work, Invited lecture the Annual Changing Face of Adoption Conference Sponsored by Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Appleton, WI, 09/16/2015
WILSON, S.L., Understanding behavior: How to recognize and respond to children’s unspoken needs., Invited lecture the Annual Changing Face of Adoption Conference Sponsored by Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Appleton, WI, 09/16/2015
WILSON, S.L., When difficult behaviors arise post adoption, Invited webinar presentation for foster/adoptive families. Hosted by the Coalition for Children, Youth, and Families, Milwaukee, WI, 09/22/2015
WILSON, S.L., Healing within the parent-child relationship following early adversity., Invited day-long conference for foster/adoptive families and child welfare workers. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families & Post Adoption Resource Center, Eau Claire, WI, 10/02/2015
WILSON, S.L., Clinical Considerations for Youth Adopted during School-age and Beyond, Invited lecture the Annual Changing Face of Adoption Conference Sponsored by Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Wisconsin Dells, WI, 09/13/2016
WILSON, S.L., Finding Balance: Stress and Secondary Trauma in Juvenile Court, Invited presentation at the Annual Conference for the Wisconsin Juvenile Court Clerks Association, Wisconsin Dells, WI, 04/07/2017
WILSON, S.L., Trauma informed parents and the agencies that support them: Exploring NCTSN’s resource parent curriculum, Invited lecture the Annual Changing Face of Adoption Conference Sponsored by Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Wisconsin Dells, WI, 09/2017
WILSON, S.L., Healing within the parent-child relationship following early adversity, Invited day-long conference for foster/adoptive families and child welfare workers. Sponsored by the Catholic Charities Post Adoption Resource Center, La Crosse, WI, 10/12/2017
WILSON, S.L., When difficult behaviors arise post adoption, Invited lecture the Annual Changing Face of Adoption Conference Sponsored by Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Wisconsin Dells, WI, 09/27/2018
WILSON, S.L., Navigating the teenage years, Invited lecture the Annual Changing Face of Adoption Conference Sponsored by Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Wisconsin Dells, WI, 09/27/2018
WILSON, S.L., Everyday healing: Naming adversity and loss., Invited lecture the Annual Changing Face of Adoption Conference Sponsored by Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Wisconsin Dells, WI, 10/2019
WILSON, S.L., Healing within the parent-child relationship following early adversity., Invited day-long conference for foster/adoptive families and child welfare workers. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Adoption and Permanency Support Program, Eau Claire, WI, 10/2019
WILSON, S.L., Everyday healing in adoption families: Naming adversity and loss., Invited web-based lecture to families throughout Wisconsin, hosted by the Coalition for Children. Youth, and Families., Available for viewing through www.championclassrooms.org, 06/2020 - Present
WILSON, S.L., Mental health and wellness: Adversity and healing within our families, Invited web-based lecture to kinship families throughout Wisconsin, as part of the Families Like Mine, Virtual Conference, 09/2020 - Present
WILSON, S.L., International Adoption: Psychosocial Needs and Family Support, Invited Lecturer, UW-Madison, Department of Pediatrics Residency Program, 05/07/2021
WILSON, S.L., Attachment patterns: Understanding and supporting early relationships., Invited web-based lecture to adoption professionals at the Wisconsin Annual Adoption Conference, sponsored by Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Virtual Conference, 09/2021
 
International
Baden, A.L., Gibbons, J.L., McGinnis, H., & WILSON, S.L., International adoption: Counseling and the adoption triad., Panel presentation at the Intercountry Adoption Summit: State of Intercountry Adoption, Stratford, Ontario, 09/2010
 

PEER REVIEWED WORKSHOPS/PRESENTATIONS:
Local
WILSON, S.L., Broderick, S., Farhoud, I., Pediatric care in the context of international adoption., Poster presented at the annual Best Practices in Pediatrics Winter Conference hosted by Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Dells, WI, 03/2015
Song, S., Zarif, M., & WILSON, S.L., Medical Student Experience with Elective Course: Adoption and Foster Care within Medical Practice (ACEN D015)., MCW Innovations in Healthcare Education Research Conference, Milwaukee, WI, 04/25/2019
 
Regional
WILSON, S.L. A review of adoption research: Exploring individual differences in adjustment. Paper presented at the meeting of the Nebraska Psychological Society, Omaha, NE, 11/2001
WILSON, S.L. Early childhood mental health: Promoting the social and emotional development of young children. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Wisconsin Psychological Association, Middleton, WI, 04/2009
 
National
Weaver, T.L., Schnabel, M., WILSON, S.L., Sitzer, T., Von de Linde, K., & Crawford, K. Factors associated with attrition in an economic empowerment program for battered women. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Reno, NV, 11/2002
Gibbons, J.L & WILSON, S.L. International adoptions: Views from Guatemala, a sending country. Paper presented as part of the Symposium entitled, International/Intercountry Adoption: What are the issues?, at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA, 08/2007
WILSON, S.L., Rogers, C., & Schweiger, A, Incorporating a reflective supervision group within Early Head Start: Reflections from in-home parent/family educators on its impact on practice and work-related stress., Poster presented at Head Start’s 11th National Research Conference, Washington, DC, 06/2012
La Pean Kirschner, A., May, T., Zusevics, K., Strong, K., Grotevant, H., WILSON, S.L., Juruzal, J., Derse, A., Knight, C., & Farrell, M., Focus Group Attitudes and Opinions About the Potential Use of Genomic Sequencing as a Substitute for Biological Family History for Adult Adoptees, Poster presented at the 2014 American College of Medical Genetics Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting, Nashville, TN, 03/28/2014
Kirschner, A., May, T., Zusevics, K., Strong, K., Grotevant, H., WILSON, S.L., Jeruzal, J., Derse, A., Knight, C., Farrell, M., Focus Group Attitudes and Opinions About the Potential Use of Genomic Sequencing as a Substitute for Genetic Medical Information for Adult Adoptees, Poster presented at the 6th Annual New Worlds of Adoption Conference, Amherst, MA, 04/11/2014
May, T., & WILSON, S.L., Genetic Testing: What are the Risks, Potential Gains, and Continued Unknowns in the Context of Medical Decision-Making for Adult Adoptees?, Annual New Worlds of Adoption Conference, Amherst, MA, 04/17/2015
St Clair, N., McFadden, V., Butteris, S., Frazer, T., Hines, A., Ismail, Z., Kuzminski, J., Nugent, M., Simpson, P., WILSON, S., Reliability of a tool to measure culture shock in medical trainees., Podium Presentation at Association of Pediatric Program Directors Global Health Pediatric Educators Group Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 04/2016
WILSON, S.L., Medical Education: Student experiences with a 9-hour elective exploring adoption & foster care within medical practice., Poster presented (virtually) at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference., 10/2021
 
International
WILSON, S.L. & Gibbons, J.L. Guatemalan perceptions of adoption. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, Charleston, SC, 02/2003
Gibbons, J.L., WILSON, S.L., & Rufener, C.A. El machismo, las actitudes sobre los papeles de género, y las creencias de adopción. Paper presented at the Primer Congreso Regional de la Sociedad Interamericana de Psicología, Guatemala City, Guatemala, 10/2004
Weinberg, R.B., Degue, S., Garner, L., Haber M.G., Sutton, D., & WILSON, S. Community psychology in action: Using research to address discrimination. Paper presented at the First International Conference of Community Psychology. Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, 06/2006
WILSON, S.L., Schnell, A.M., & Gibbons, J.L. Guatemalan foster mothers reflect on international and domestic adoption. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, San Antonio, TX, 02/2007
St Clair, N., McFadden, V., Butteris, S., Frazer, T., Hines, A., Ismail, Z., Kuzminski, J., Nugent, M., Simpson, P., WILSON, S., Reliability of a tool to measure culture shock in medical trainees., Poster presented at Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, 05/2016
6. McFadden, V., St Clair, N., on behalf of the Project PRIME Investigators (Arteaga, G., Bothe, D., Butteris, S., Conway, J., Fischer, P., Lauden, S., McFadden, V., Merry, S., Pitt, M., Rosenman, J., Schubert, C., St Clair, N., Warrick, S., Watts, J., Westwater, M., WILSON, S.)., Trainee motivations for pursuing global health electives., Poster presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, 05/2018
 

COMMITTEE SERVICE:
Medical College of Wisconsin
2007 - 2008 Member, Diversity Committee, Clinical Psychology Internship, Brown University
11/2011 - 12/2011 Member, Enhancing Diversity Work Group, Department of Pediatrics, Medical Colllege of Wisconsin
01/2014 - Present Member, Global Health Pathway Advisory Council, Medical College of Wisconsin
01/01/2015 - 12/15/2015 Member, Planning Committee, Our City of Nations: Supporting Refugee and Recent Immigrant Populations, 2 Day Conference, Global Health, MCW
10/2016 - 04/2017 Member, Trauma Informed Care Committee, Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin
08/2017 - Present Member, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, Medical College of Wisconsin
01/2018 - Present Member, Fostering Futures Core Implementation Team, Pediatrics, MCW
 
Hospital
10/2021 - Present Member, CDC Revision Planning Committee, Pediatric Psychology and Developmental Medicine, Pediatrics, Children's Wisconsin
 

MEDICAL COLLEGE TEACHING ACTIVITIES:
Medical Student Education
02/2011 Co-Presenter, Culture and Mental Health: A Case Study of Culture-Bound Syndromes, Third Annual Global Health Fair
01/08/2019 - 02/12/2019 Developer and Implementer, 9-hour elective course entitled, Adoption and Foster Care in Medicine
 
Resident and Fellow Education
2008 - Present Required Core Curriculum. Four 1-hour interactive presentations/year
2009 - Present Lecturer, International adoption: Medical and Psychological Issues. Provided every three years as part of the Global Health Noon Conference Series
02/2011 Psychiatry Residency Didactic Seminar: Supporting Adoptive Families: Clinical Issues and Psychosocial Concerns
03/2013 Psychiatry Residency Didactic Seminar: Toxic Stress and its Clinical Applications: A Case Study
03/2013 Psychiatry Residency Didactic Seminar: Early Childhood Mental Health: Promoting the Social and Emotional Development of Young Children
2015 - Present Biennial Presenter, Psychiatry Residency Didactic Seminar: Building Strong Brains: Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health in Psychiatric Care
10/2020 Community Pediatrics Seminar, entitled Health and Healing: Reducing the Impact of Adversity and Trauma
 
Continuing Medical Education
11/2009 Invited lecture entitled, Reflections From The Couch: Common Therapeutic Concerns For International Families, Provided for Child/Adolescent Pediatric Psychiatric Grand Rounds
09/2012 Invited lecture entitled, Early Childhood Mental Health: Promoting the Social and Emotional Development of Young Children. Provided as part of a 10-day Intensive Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Training for Chinese Pediatricians
12/2017 Invited lecture entitled, An introduction to the International Adoption Clinic. Provided for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Global Health Week Grand Rounds
 

EXTRAMURAL TEACHING:
Community/Lay Public
2008 - 2020 Bethany Christian Services, Understanding Medical/Developmental Concerns for Internationally Adopted Children: 3-hour lecture provided to potential adoptive families (twice annually) by invitation from Bethany Christian Services
2015 - 2018 Luthern Social Services, Developmental concerns for internationally adopted children, 90-minute session provided to potential adoptive families (twice annually) by invitation from Lutheran Social Services
 
Medical Student Education
04/07/2020 MCW Pharmacy School, Lecturer, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma Responsive Healthcare
 
Resident and Fellow Education
11/17/2021 MCW - Global Health Noon Conference Series, Lecturer, Health and Healing: Understanding the Impact of Adversity and Trauma.
 
Continuing Medical Education
09/2018 - Present World Continuing Educational Alliance, WILSON, S.L., Infant/early childhood mental health: Promoting the social and emotional development of young children. Invited webcast for The World Medical Association – World Continuing Educational Alliance. Available: https://mcw.box.com/s/k444qzna48g4iju7uyp52f41mpcicng5
 
Graduate Student Education
2011 - Present CHW Psychology Practicum, Biennial Presenter: Trauma-Informed Care: A Case Study of Post-Institutionalized Behavior Concerns
12/03/2013 Montclair State University (New Jersey), 60-minute invited lecture (via web-based interface) to graduate level clinicians regarding clinical issues in the context of adoption
04/04/2016 Montclair State University (New Jersey), 2-hour invited lecture (via web-based interface) to masters-level students regarding clinical considerations in therapeutic service delivery with adoptive families
 
Postdoctoral Fellow Education
2012 - Present University of Wisconsin Madison, Supporting relationships and development in the context of adoption and foster care. Annual invited lecture to professionals within the UW Infant, Early Childhood & Family Mental Health Capstone Certificate Program, Madison, WI
 

MCW STUDENTS, FACULTY, RESIDENTS AND CLINICAL/RESEARCH FELLOWS MENTORED:
Medical Students
Medical College of Wisconsin, 02/2010 - Present Student Advisor & Project Mentor, Global Health Pathway: 2-3 hours monthly (meetings, phone/email contact) to support involvement in global health initiatives and facilitate international experiences
Cassandra Mejia, Medical College of Wisconsin, 10/2016 - 08/2019 Pathway and Research Advisor, Poster presented at Global Health Symposium (April 2017), journal publication (2018)
Stephanie Song, Medical College of Wisconsin, 10/2016 - 08/2019 Pathway and Research Mentorship, Poster presented at Innovations in Healthcare Education Research
Maria Zarif, Medical College of Wisconsin, 11/2017 - 08/2019 Pathway and Research Advisor, Poster presented at MCW Innovations in Healthcare Education Research Conference
 

EXTRAMURAL STUDENTS, FACULTY, RESIDENTS, AND CLINICAL/RESEARCH FELLOWS MENTORED:
Undergraduate Students
05/2010 - 08/2010 Clinical Supervisor: 4 hours weekly of direct instruction for psychology undergraduate student
 
Graduate Students
PhD Students Advised
Shirley Newcomb (Marquette University, Counseling Program), CHW Psychology Practicum, 10/2010 - 10/2011 Clinical Supervisor, 8-10 hours of weekly clinical supervision and direct instruction for psychology graduate student
MS Students Advised
Carmen Knight (Edgewood College, Marriage and Family Therapy Program), Internship supervisor for 15-hour weekly clincial placement, 01/2013 - 05/2014
 
Postdoctoral Students
Susan Schrank, Liberty University, 03/2017 - 04/2017 Dissertation Expert Reviewer
 
Clinical/Research Fellows
Christine Aguilar, LPC & Janice Jones, PhD, University of Wisconsin Madison, Infant, Early Childhood, and Family Mental Health Certificate Program, 06/2011 - 05/2014 Clinical Consultant: Provided 1-hour reflective consultation twice monthly for trainee/fellow
Teri Klavekoske, Manitowoc County Head Start, 04/2016 - 01/2017 Clinical Consultant: Provided 90-minute monthly reflective consultation for Head Start Mental Health Clinician
Leora Massey, MD; Matt Bohr, MD, Children’s Wisconsin Psychiatry Fellowship Program, 07/2020 - Present Therapy Supervisor/Mentor
Brandy George-Copeland, University of Wisconsin Infant, Early Childhood, and Family Mental Health Capstone Certificate Program, 10/2020 - 04/2021 Clinical Consultant: Provided 1-hour individual reflective consultation twice monthly for masters-level clinician within the Certificate program
 

PROGRAMMATIC DEVELOPMENTS:
 
 
Clinical Programs
10/2008 - Present International Adoption Clinic: Expanded developmental screening, referral, follow-up for children in 1st year following international adoption.
 
Community Programs
02/2011 - Present Mental Health Consultant, Head Start, Waukesha, WI: Expand Mental Health Services through clinical consultation and classroom consultation
04/2013 - 06/2014 Facilitated the recruitment and supervision of group facilitators for a community-focused adoption support group for adoptees within Milwaukee
02/2016 - 09/2016 Mental Health Consultant, Door County, WI; Provide 2-hour monthly clinical consultation to 9 staff members employed by Door County Health and Human Services
 

COMMUNITY SERVICE ACTIVITIES:
11/2008 - 10/2009 Community Volunteer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Milwaukee
03/2010 Mental Health Volunteer, MCW Medical Brigade to Honduras. • Supported MCW M1 students during a 5-day Medical Brigade to rural areas of Honduras • Facilitated student understanding of cross-cultural issues within symptom presentation and highlighted limitations with relief-model of medical care
2010 - Present Adjunct Travel Staff, Adoptive Family Ties: 2-week international travel (1-2 times, annually) with adoptive families to support psychosocial adjustment, identity formation, and cultural understanding as part of a heritage trip to country of origin.
08/2019 - 03/2019 Selected Community Participant, Partnership MKE - Participated in 8-month leadership program funded by United Way and Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Program goals included relationship building and leadership development to foster increased community collaboration.
02/2020 - Present Volunteer within the American Corporate Partners mentoring program. Provide mentorship (one hour monthly) to military service member in the context of transition from military service to the civilian workforce
10/04/2021 - 10/08/2021 One-week deployment to Fort McCoy, WI as part of mental health team organized by Vibrant Emotional Health, funded by SAMHSA.
 

GLOBAL HEALTH ACTIVITIES:
10/2021 Disaster Volunteer for Vibrant Crisis Emotional Care Team for a one-Week deployment at military base (Fort McCoy, WI) to develop and implement mental health care for Afghan evacuees (including children) seeking emergency refugee status within the US.
 

MEDIA ACKNOWLEDGEMENT/RECOGNITION:
Lott, K. (December, 2017). From trauma to resilience: Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin helps strengthen families and kids. Available at https://chw.org/newshub/stories/trauma-resilience-childrens-hospital-wisconsin-helps-strengthen-families-kids
Sweeney, N. (September, 2019). Building healthy brains through early childhood mental health. Available at https://chw.org/newshub/stories/early-childhood-mental-health


BIBLIOGRAPHY
Refereed Journal Publications/Original Papers
1. Wilson, S.L. (2001). Attachment disorders: Review and current status. Journal of Psychology, 135 (1), 37-51.
2. Wilson, S.L. (2003). Post-institutionalization: The effects of early deprivation on physical, cognitive, and social development of Romanian adoptees. Child and Adolescent Social Work, 20, 473-483.
3. Wilson, S.L. (2004). A review of adoption research: Exploring individual differences in adjustment. Children and Youth Services Review, 26, 687-696.
4. Wilson, S.L., & Cradock, M.M. (2004). Review: Accounting for prematurity in developmental assessment and the use of age-adjusted scores. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 29, 641-649. *Published with Continuing Education Credits available.
5. Wilson, S.L., Kuebli, J.E., & Hughes, H.M. (2005). Patterns of maternal behavior among neglectful families: Implications for research and intervention. Child Abuse and Neglect, 29, 985-1001.
6. Wilson, S.L. & Gibbons, J.L. (2005). Guatemalan perceptions of adoption. International Social Work, 48, 742-752.
7. Gibbons, J.L., Wilson, S.L., & Rufener, C.A. (2006). Gender attitudes mediate gender differences in attitudes toward adoption in Guatemala. Sex Roles, 54, 139-145.
8. Gibbons, J.L., Rufener, C.A., & Wilson, S.L. (2006). Sex differences in adoption attitudes: The mediating effects of gender role attitudes. Adoption Quarterly, 9, 105-119.
9. Wilson, S.L., Weaver, T.L., Cradock, M.M., & Kuebli, J.E. (2008). A preliminary study of the cognitive and motor skills acquisition of young international adoptees. Children and Youth Services Review, 30, 585-596.
10. Wilson, S.L., & Kershaw, M.A. (2008). Caring for young children after a hurricane: Florida's childcare workers reflect on support and training needs. Children, Youth and Environments, 18, 237-253.
11. Wilson, S.L. (2009). Attending to Relationships: Attachment Formation within Families of Internationally Adopted Children. Topics in Language Disorders, 39, 18-31.
12. Gibbons, J.L., Wilson, S.L., & Schnell, A.M. (2009) Foster Parents as a Critical Link and Resource in International Adoptions from Guatemala. Adoption Quarterly, 12, 55-79.
13. Wilson, S.L. (2009). Understanding and Promoting Attachment. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, 43, 23-27.
14. Wilson, S.L., & Weaver, T.L. (2009). Follow-Up of Developmental Attainment and Behavioral Adjustment for Toddlers Adopted Internationally into the USA. International Social Work, 52, 679-684.
15. Wilson, S.L., & Summerhill-Coleman, L. (2013). Exploring Birth Countries: The Mental Health Implications of Heritage Travel for Children/Adolescents Adopted Internationally. Adoption Quarterly, 16:3-4, 262-278. DOI: 10.1080/10926755.2013.790865
16. Baden, A.L., Gibbons, J.L., Wilson, S.L., & McGinnis, H. (2013). International Adoption: Counseling and the Adoption Triad. Adoption Quarterly, 16:3-4, 218-237, DOI: 10.1080/10926755.2013.794440
17. Strong, K.A., McCauley, M., La Pean Kirschner, A., Jeruzal, J., Zusevics, K.L., WILSON, S.L., Knight, C., & May, T. (2017). Adult adoptees’ attitudes regarding the potential use of genetic information to fill the gap in their family health history. Adoption and Fostering, 41 (2), 159-169.
18. Zusevics, K.L., Strong, K., McCauley, M., La Pean Kirschner, A., Jeruzal, J., WILSON, S.L. Knight, C., May, T., (2018). Community engagement, trust, and genetic testing for inherited diseases among adopted persons. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 10, 69-77.
19. Mejia, C.L., Telega, G., WILSON, S.L., & Nagorska, M. (2018). Screening for adverse childhood experiences within paediatric patients in Rzeszów, Poland. Pediatria Polska, 93, 306-311.
 
Books, Chapters, and Reviews
1. Simms, M.D., & Wilson, S.L. (2011). Adoption. In R.M. Kliegman, B.F. Stanton, J.W. St. Geme, N.F. Schor, & R.E. Behrman (Eds.), Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics (pp. 130-132). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Health Sciences.
2. Wilson, S.L. (2012). Social-emotional and relationship development. In D. Hwa-Froelich (Ed.), Supporting Development in Internationally Adopted Children (pp. 59-84). Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing.
3. Wilson, S.L. (2012). Cognitive development. In D. Hwa-Froelich (Ed.), Supporting Development in Internationally Adopted Children (pp. 85-106). Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing.
4. Hwa-Froelich, D.A., Wilson, S.L., Ladage, J.S., & Harris, S. (2012). Intervention strategies. In D. Hwa-Froelich (Ed.), Supporting Development in Internationally Adopted Children (pp. 205-232). Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing.
5. Baden, A.L., Gibbons, J.L., WILSON, S.L., McGinnis, H. (2015). Pre- and post-adoption counseling needs in international adoption: Understanding the social ecology of triad members. In R.L. Ballard, Goodno., N.H., Cochran, Jr., R.F., Milbrandt, J.A. (Eds.), The Intercountry Adoption Debate: Dialogues Across Disciplines (pp. 81-108). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars.
6. WILSON, S.L., & Kurtzahn, S. G. (in press). Relationships Without Borders: Clinical Considerations for Search & Contact with First Families. In V. Groza, & D. Bertocci (Eds.), Handbook of Clinical Evaluation and Treatment of Adopted Adolescents and Young Adults (pp. xx-xx). New York, NY: Routledge.
 
Non-Refereed Journal Publications/Original Papers
1. Wilson, S.L. (2002). [Review of the book Counselling in a multicultural society]. International Journal of Group Tensions, 31, 218-220.
2. Wilson, S.L. (2006). APAGS Advocacy. APAGS Campus Bulletin, 4 (3), 4.
3. Wilson, S.L. (2007, November 21). Giving Psychology Away: A Guide to Assessing and Promoting Social-Emotional Development for Young Children [Review of the book An activity-based approach to developing young children's social emotional competence]. PsycCRITIQUES-Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 52 (No. 47).
4. Gibbons, J.L. & Wilson, S.L. (2008, March 5). Increasing Adoption Knowledge of Professionals and Researchers. [Review of the book Handbook of adoption: Implications for researchers, practitioners, and families]. PsycCRITIQUES-Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 53 (No. 10).
5. Huebner, G., Boothby, N., Aber, J.L., Darmstadt, G.L., Diaz, A., Masten, A.S., Yoshikawa, H., Sachs, J., Redlener, I., Emmel, A., Pitt, M., Arnold, L., Barber, B., Berman, B., Blum, R., Canavera, M., Eckerle, J., Fox, N.A., Gibbons, J.L., Hargarten, S.W., Landers, C., Nelson III, C.A., Pollak, S.D., Rauh, V., Samson, M., Ssewamala, F., St Clair, N., Stark, L., Waldman, R., Wessells, M., WILSON, S.L.. & Zeanah, C.H. (2016). Beyond Survival: The Case for Investing in Young Children Globally. Discussion Paper, National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC. https://nam.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Beyond-Survival-The-Case-for-Investing-in-Young-Children-Globally.pdf
6. WILSON, S.L. (2017). Seeking roots: One’s man’s search to re-connect with his first family [Invited review of the motion picture, Lion, 2016, Directed by Garth Davis]. PsycCRITIQUES, 62 (17).
7. Sanders, J., Chavez, H., Cohen, M.S., Enright, M., Flynn, M., Frazer, T., Hoormann, K., Rader, B., Ssempijja, S., WILSON, S.L. (2017). Consensus statement on best practices for refugee care in Wisconsin. BMC Proceedings, 11,Suppl 5:5. DOI: 10.1186/s12919-017-0072-y
 
Abstracts
1. McFadden, V.C., Butteris, S., Frazer, T., Hines, A., Ismail, Z., Kuzminski, J., Nugent, M., Simpson, P., WILSON, S.L., St Clair, N.E. (2016). Reliability of a tool to measure culture shock in medical trainees - Project PRIME(Psychosocial Response to International Medical Electives) Pilot Study. Academic Pediatrics, 16, e13.
 
Peer Reviewed Educational Products
1. Boston University edX Global Health MOOCs—The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Health: Part 1 (The Big Picture). Editor: Gabrielle Jacquet. Section author: Impact on hosts and trainees. St Clair N1, Akagi N2, Butteris S1, Kelm S2, Kuzminski J3, McFadden V2, WILSON, S.L.2. 1University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2Medical College of Wisconsin, 3Aurora Health Care. January, 2018.
 
Non-Peer Reviewed Educational Products
1. WILSON, S.L. (August, 2019). Political as personal. Invited blog entry for Adoption Network Cleveland. Available at https://www.adoptionnetwork.org/news-events/archive.html/article/2019/08/28/political-as-personal