Keith G. Wilson


Keith G. Wilson
Associate Professor

Room: Room 2405E, The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre, 505 Smyth Road
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Keith Wilson


Associate Scientist, Clinical Epidemiology, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) and School of Psychology, University of Ottawa
Staff Psychologist, The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre

Biographical Sketch

Since 1991, Dr. Wilson has worked as a clinical psychologist at The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre. As a clinician, he serves on the Outpatient Rehabilitation Service, providing psychological assessment and treatment for people with physical disabilities. As a scientist, Dr. Wilson maintains research interests in the psychological aspects of pain, chronic illness and disability, and palliative care.

Dr. Wilson was involved in some of the earliest and most significant work in psychiatric epidemiology in palliative care, and he is recognized for his contribution to the assessment of depression and anxiety disorders. He has developed interview-based methods for assessing common physical, psychological, social and existential symptoms and concerns in the palliative care population, which have been used to address such problems as loss of dignity, burden to others, suffering, acceptance, and the desire for death. His work has served to inform the ongoing debate in Canada about euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.

Dr. Wilson's research into psychological interventions is focused largely on the problems of insomnia and chronic pain. Dr. Wilson supervised the first randomized controlled trial of a behavioural intervention for insomnia with a medical population. He is currently investigating the association of chronic pain with suicidal ideation, including the impact of interdisciplinary treatment for chronic pain on suicidal thinking

Research Interests

  • Decision-making at the end of life
  • Mental health aspects of chronic illness and disability
  • Behavioural interventions
  • Program Evaluation
  • Pain
  • Insomnia

Key Words:

Chronic pain, depression, suicide, insomnia

Fields of Interest

  • The psychological aspects of chronic illness and disability, particularly with regard to chronic pain and palliative care
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