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About Dr. Wilson

Dr. Felicia R. Wilson is a respected parent development specialist, parent educator, author, and motivational speaker who has dedicated her life to empowering parents and caregivers. With her extensive knowledge and personal experiences, she brings a unique perspective to her work, having raised children with emotional and behavioral disorders as well as physical disabilities, such as spina bifida.

Driven by her own journey as a parent, Dr. Wilson has become a trusted resource for families navigating the challenges of raising children with diverse and special needs and mental health diagnoses. Her expertise extends beyond the home, as she has also excelled in nonprofit leadership, particularly in the field of child welfare, juvenile justice, and intellectually Developmentally Disabled (IDD) populations with children, youth, and young adults. 

Dr. Wilson’s educational and professional background in criminal justice, human & social service, and public administration has equipped her with a comprehensive understanding of the systems that impact families and individuals with disabilities. This multidisciplinary approach allows her to advocate effectively for the needs and rights of those she serves.

As an author addressing the challenges of living and growing up in foster care, Dr. Wilson speaks of the importance of healing childhood trauma so the cycle isn’t repeated with your own children. Dr. Wilson has facilitated insightful trainings and workshops on parenting children with emotional and behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, and the everyday child. She is working on her parenting book to help parents navigate the challenges of raising special needs boys and young men, which provides practical strategies, guidance, and emotional support to parents and caregivers, helping them navigate their unique challenges. Her work has been widely recognized for its compassion, empathy, and ability to inspire positive social change within families and communities.

As a motivational speaker, Dr. Wilson captivates audiences with her authentic and relatable storytelling. Drawing from her personal experiences, she shares powerful insights, practical tips, and messages of resilience and hope. Her engaging and dynamic presentations resonate deeply with parents, professionals, and community members, igniting a renewed sense of empowerment and commitment to supporting children with diverse needs.

In addition to her speaking engagements and writing, Dr. Wilson has significantly contributed to the nonprofit sector, particularly in leadership roles. She has worked closely with organizations focused on the well-being and development of IDD populations and children, youth, and young adults in foster care. Through her tireless efforts, she has helped shape and improve the services provided to these communities, advocating for inclusive and person-centered approaches.

Dr. Felicia R. Wilson’s dedication, expertise, and personal experiences make her a trailblazer in the field of parent development and support. She is a source of inspiration and a beacon of hope for families navigating the complexities of raising children with emotional and behavioral disorders and physical disabilities. Through her work, she continues to make a profound impact, promoting understanding, resilience, and inclusion for all.

Education

  • Doctor of Public Administration: Walden University, 2023

  • M.S., Human & Social Services: Walden University, 2018

  • B.S., Criminal Justice Administration w/ Minor in Human Services: University of Phoenix, 2015

Awards

  • David Prize: 2021

  • Author of the Year 2018 (Delaware/New Jersey/Philadelphia, PA).)

  • Trailblazer of the Year 2018 (Delaware, Philadelphia, PA).

  • The National Society of Leadership and Success, 2019, 2021, 2022

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