Jo Ellen Wilson, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Faculty Appointments
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Ph.D., Epidemiology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TennesseeM.P.H., Epidemiology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TennesseeM.D., Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TennesseeB.S., Biology/Chemistry, Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee
Office Address
1103 Oxford House
Nashville, TN 37232
Research Description
Dr. Jo Ellen Wilson graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 2009 and joined the Vanderbilt Department of Psychiatry in 2014. In the interim, Dr. Wilson completed both her General Adult Psychiatry Residency and Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship at Vanderbilt in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Dr. Wilson currently holds joint full-time appointments in both the Vanderbilt Department of Psychiatry as an Instructor of Psychiatry and at the VA (TVHS) as a VA Quality Scholar. Dr. Wilson recently graduated ('16) from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine's Masters of Public Health Program (MPH), Epidemiology track. Starting in the fall of 2016, Dr. Wilson will continue her studies at Vanderbilt as a PhD student in Epidemiology. Her research home resides within Vanderbilt's ICU Delirium and Cognitive Impairment Study Group (, where she is mentored by Dr. Wes Ely, MD MPH. As a native Nashvillian, Dr. Wilson enjoys spending her time outside of work, enjoying one of Middle Tennessee's great parks with her family.
Research Keywords
Catatonia; Delirium; Psychiatric and Cognitive Outcomes after Critical Illness; Psychiatric Manifestations in the Setting of Critical Illness; Quality Improvement
Clinical Research Keywords
Psychosomatic Medicine in the Critical Care Setting, Delirium, Catatonia
Wilson JE, Carlson R, Duggan MC, Pandharipande P, Girard TD, Wang L, Thompson JL, Chandrasekhar R, Francis A, Nicolson SE, Dittus RS, Heckers S, Ely EW, . Delirium and Catatonia in Critically Ill Patients: The Delirium and Catatonia Prospective Cohort Investigation. Crit. Care Med. 2017 Nov; 45(11): 1837-44. PMID: 28841632, DOI: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000002642, ISSN: 1530-0293.

Han JH, Brummel NE, Chandrasekhar R, Wilson JE, Liu X, Vasilevskis EE, Girard TD, Carlo ME, Dittus RS, Schnelle JF, Ely EW. Exploring Delirium's Heterogeneity: Association Between Arousal Subtypes at Initial Presentation and 6-Month Mortality in Older Emergency Department Patients. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry [print-electronic]. 2017 Mar; 25(3): 233-42. PMID: 27623552, PMCID: PMC5321606, PII: S1064-7481(16)30138-5, DOI: 10.1016/j.jagp.2016.05.016, ISSN: 1545-7214.

Duggan MC, Wang L, Wilson JE, Dittus RS, Ely EW, Jackson JC. The relationship between executive dysfunction, depression, and mental health-related quality of life in survivors of critical illness: Results from the BRAIN-ICU investigation. J Crit Care [print-electronic]. 2017 Feb; 37: 72-9. PMID: 27652496, PMCID: PMC5240988, PII: S0883-9441(16)30431-2, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcrc.2016.08.023, ISSN: 1557-8615.

Wilson JE, Shuster J, Rowe AA, Fleisch SB, Wilson A, Nicolson SE. Identifying and Addressing the Hidden Reasons Why Patients Refuse Discharge From the Hospital. Psychosomatics [print-electronic]. 2016 Jan; 57(1): 18-24. PMID: 26791512, PII: S0033-3182(15)00192-9, DOI: 10.1016/j.psym.2015.10.009, ISSN: 1545-7206.

Wilson JE, Niu K, Nicolson SE, Levine SZ, Heckers S. The diagnostic criteria and structure of catatonia. Schizophr. Res [print-electronic]. 2015 May; 164(1-3): 256-62. PMID: 25595653, PII: S0920-9964(14)00769-5, DOI: 10.1016/j.schres.2014.12.036, ISSN: 1573-2509.

Wilson JE, Nian H, Heckers S. The schizoaffective disorder diagnosis: a conundrum in the clinical setting. Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci [print-electronic]. 2014 Feb; 264(1): 29-34. PMID: 23625467, PMCID: PMC4207055, DOI: 10.1007/s00406-013-0410-7, ISSN: 1433-8491.

Wilson JE, Shuster J, Fuchs C. Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis in a 14-year-old female presenting as malignant catatonia: medical and psychiatric approach to treatment. Psychosomatics [print-electronic]. 2013 Nov; 54(6): 585-9. PMID: 23849593, PII: S0033-3182(13)00060-1, DOI: 10.1016/j.psym.2013.03.002, ISSN: 1545-7206.