Dr. Catherine Wilson


Plenary Speaker:

Catherine S. Wilson, Psy.D, ABPP (Rp) was a staff psychologist on the spinal cord injury/disability unit at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital and Assistant Professor Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine  Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation till 2015.

Educational Background: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Maryville University, St. Louis, Missouri, Master of Arts, Sociology, University of Missouri, St. Louis, Missouri, Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, Illinois, and American Board of Professional Psychology (Rehabilitation Psychology), Chicago, Illinois.

Research Interests:  For the past 20 years she has worked on numerous research studies in the area of spinal cord injury focusing on psychosocial issues and outcome measure.

Currently, she is focused on  exploring  the relationships among depression symptoms, general distress, resiliency, and  life satisfaction  reported  by Veterans diagnosed with ALS. Results are expected to inform standards of assessment and  interventions  in SCI/D rehabilitation..  

2011 - Present Co-principal investigator with Lisa Ottamenelli, Ph.D. for the SCI-VIP: Predictive Outcome Model Over Time for Employment (PrOMOTE) (#O7814R) is paid for by VA Rehabilitation Research and Development.

Selected Publications:

  • Milagros Evardone, Catherine S. Wilson, Diana Weinel, Jason R. Soble & Younghee Kang (2016) Does attendance in SCI education courses impact health outcomes in acute rehabilitation?, Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, DOI:10.1080/10790268.2016.1177269.
  • Catherine S. Wilson, Martin Forchheimer, Allen W. Heinemann, Anne Marie Warren & Cheryl McCullumsmith (2016): Assessment of the relationship of spiritual well-being to depression and quality of life for persons with spinal cord injury, Disability and Rehabilitation, DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2016.1152600 
  • Jesse R. Fann; Charles H. Bombardier; J. Scott Richards; Catherine S. Wilson; Allen W Heinemann; Ann Marie Warren; Larry Brooks; Cheryl B.Cullumsmith; Nancy R. Temkin; Catherine Warms PhD; et al.   Venlafaxine extended-release for depression following spinal cord injury a randomized clinical trial   JAMA Psychiatry. 2015;72(3):247-258.   
  • Jesse R. Fann, MD, MPH, Charles H. Bombardier, PhD, J. Scott Richards, PhD,  Catherine Wilson, PsyD.et al. Venlafaxine Extended-Release for Depression Following Spinal Cord Injury: A Randomized Clinical Trial.  JAMA Psychiatry. Published online January 21, 2015. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.2482
  • Wong AW.,  Heinemann AW, Wilson, CS , Neumann, H., Fann, JR, Tate, DJ., Forchheimer, M. Richards ,S., Bombardier, CH. (2014)  Predictors of Participation Enfranchisement following Spinal Cord Injury: The Mediating Role of Depression and Moderating Role of Demographic and Injury Characteristics. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 95: 1106-13.
  • Williams, R. T., Wilson, C. S., Heinemann, A. W , Lazowski, L.E., Fann, J., Bombardier, C.H.,(2014). Identifying Depression Severity Risk Factors in Persons With Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury. Rehabilitation Psychology, 59, 50-56.
  • Heinemann, A.W., Wilson, C.S., Huston, T., Koval, J., Gordon, S., Glassway, J., Kreider, S., & Whiteneck, G. (2012). Relationship of psychology inpatient services and patient characteristics to outcomes following spinal cord injury: The SCIRehab Project. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, 35(6), 578-592.
  • Fann, J.R., Tate, D., Richards, J.S., Wilson, C., Warren, A.M., Temkin, N., Heinemann, A.W. (2012). An exploration of modifiable risk factors for depression after spinal cord injury: Which factors should we target?. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 93(5), 775-781.
  • Fann, J.R., Bombardier, C.H., Richards, J.S, Tate, D., Wilson, C. (January, 2011) Depression after Spinal Cord Injury: Co-morbidities, Mental Health Service Utilization and Adequacy of Treatment. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 92(3), 352-360.
  • Huston,T., Glassaway, J., Wilson,C., Gordon, S., Koval, J., Scwebel, A.(2011). SCIRehab: Psychology Treatment Time during Inpatient Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, 34, 196-215.
  • Williams, R. T., Heinemann, A. W., Bode, R., Wilson, C., Fann, J., Tate, D. (May, 2009). Improving Measurement Properties of the Patient Health Questionaire-9 with Rating Scale Analysis, Rehabilitation Psychology, 54, 319-328
  • Wilson C., Huston T., Koval J., Gordon S., Schwebel A., Gassaway J. (June, 2009). SCIRehab: The psychology taxonomy.  Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, 34, 198-203.

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