Dawn Wilson, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at the University of South Carolina. Her
nationally funded program of research has focused on developing
innovative, theoretically-based interventions for health promotion in
minority adolescents and their families.
Her theoretical approach integrates bioecological models, family systems, and motivational approaches for understanding social and environmental influences of long-term health behavior change. Her current trials are evaluating the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of social marketing interventions on increasing safety and access for walking in high crime, underserved communities. Her recent projects also integrate cultural and family-based approaches to tailoring effective weight loss programs in minority adolescents.