Wilson, Deborah

Dr. Deborah Wilson

Chair, Dept. of Behavioral & Social Sciences / Associate Professor of Psychology


P.O. Box 9293
Building/Office: Peace (PCE) 114
Slot Number: 51

Dr. Deborah Wilson (2003) currently serves as chair of Behavioral and Social Sciences, is an associate professor of psychology, and a graduate faculty member. She is a 1992 graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, MS in Counseling Psychology and is a 2012 graduate of Walden University, PhD in Educational Psychology. In 1993, Wilson was licensed with the Arkansas Psychology Board as a psychological examiner and is now licensed with independent practitioner status. Prior to SAU, she was professionally employed as a community mental health counselor, as a psychoeducational examiner for 17 area public schools, and as an adjunct psychology instructor for SAU. Dr. Wilson serves Title IX as a committee member, sponsors SAU’s Psi Chi chapter, and volunteers with Compassions Foundation-Living Waters Domestic Violence shelter. Research interests include studying children’s issues including disproportional placement of African Americans in special education, relationship violence, and mental health issues of public school students.

Research Presentations:

White, G., Dobbins, C., & Wilson, D. (2015). Candidate Screening Partnerships With PK-12 Schools and Preparation Programs: Using the Myers-Briggs and the 16 PF as Predictors of Candidate Success. Presented at the 67th conference of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Atlanta, Georgia.

Wilson, D., Gass, W., & Ulsperger, J. (2014). Stalking Prevalence Among College Students: A Comparative Between Two Arkansas Universities. Poster presentation at the International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference. Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Wilson, D., & Green, M. (2013). Working with divorcing couples: The heightened risk of intimate partner violence. Presented at the Mental Health Council of Arkansas 41st Behavioral Health Institute. Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Gass, W., & Wilson, D. (2013). “You can run, but you can’t hide”: Exploring prevalence and type of stalking behaviors. Presentation at the North Louisiana Behavioral and Social Sciences conference. Ruston, Louisiana.

Wilson, D., & Townes, K. (2013). Relationship violence and its effects: Infancy through adolescence. Presentation at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference. New Orleans, Louisiana.

Wilson, D., & Kardas, E. (2012). The utility of the Non-Cognitive Questionnaire in Honors College admissions and retention: A Three-Year Study. Research presentation at the National Collegiate Honors Council in Boston, Massachusetts.

Wilson, D. (2012). An evaluative case study of Response to Intervention in the disproportional placement of African Americans in special education. Individual paper presentation at the APA Division 45 conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Kardas, E. P., & Wilson, D. (2011). Using the Non-Cognitive Questionnaire in honors college   admissions and retention: A two-year study. Panel presentation at the National Collegiate Honors Council in Phoenix, Arizona.

Kardas, E. P., & Wilson, D.  (2010). Optimizing admission decisions in Honors College by adding the Non-Cognitive Questionnaire (NCQ) to traditional academic measures. Poster at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

Wilson, D.  (2010). Transitioning special needs preschool children to kindergarten: Comparing WPPSI-III and WISC-IV scores. Individual paper presentation at the Southwestern Psychological Association in Dallas, Texas.

Wilson, D. (2010).  The contributing factors of student self-concept and intelligence tests in the disproportional placement of African Americans in special education. Individual paper presentation at the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education in Atlanta, Georgia.


Wilson, D., & Gass W. (2013). “If I Can’t Have Her, No One Can”: Predicting the Risk of Spousal Assault.” Human Services Today, 9(1).

Ulsperger, J., & Wilson, D. (2007). Elder abuse perpetrated by adult children. Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence. New York: Routledge