Robert S. Wilson, PhD, is the senior neuropsychologist of the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center, having been with the center since its inception in 1985. He is a professor in the Departments of Neurological Sciences and Psychology at Rush University Medical Center, and he directs the section of cognitive neuroscience within the Department of Neurological Sciences. Wilson earned his bachelor's degree in history and political science in 1970 from Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio; his master's degree in psychology in 1973 from Akron University in Akron, Ohio; and his doctorate in clinical psychology in 1976 from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. From 1976-78, he was a postdoctoral fellow in clinical neuropsychology in the Department of Psychology at Rush University Medical Center, and he has been on faculty of the Department of Psychology since 1976 and the Department of Neurological Sciences since 1993.
Wilson has been an Illinois-licensed clinical psychologist since 1979 and has been boarded in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology since 1984. He is a consulting editor for several journals, including Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition; Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology; Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society; and Clinical Neuropsychologist. His research focuses on factors that may influence cognitive and motor abilities in adulthood and old age.