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Samantha L Wilson, PhD


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    Samantha L. Wilson, Ph.D., IMH-E® IV, is Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the division of Child Development at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She is the staff psychologist within the International Adoption Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. In this role, she provides support to families at all stages of their adoption journeys, including pre-adoption education, initial consultation following a child’s immigration, developmental and psychosocial assessment, and child/family therapy. She has authored/co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles in the areas of early child development and/or adoption and is a contributing author to two books on the post-adoption development of children adopted internationally. Dr. Wilson serves as adjunct staff for the Wisconsin-based TIES Adoptive Family Travel program, a heritage travel experience for children and families. Though her clinical specialty pertains to psychosocial development of children adopted internationally, she also has clinical expertise in the mental health needs within domestic adoption and foster care. Dr. Wilson is credentialed within Wisconsin as an Infant Mental Health Mentor (Level IV – Clinical), documenting her expertise attending to the social-emotional development of infants/toddlers. Along with direct service to children and families, she provides reflective supervision to Early Head Start home visitors within Waukesha and West Bend, WI.

    Areas of interest

    • Adoption
    • Child development
    • Dyadic therapy
    • Foster care
    • International adoption
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