Aaron M. Gilson, PhD, MSSW

Director, US Program
Pain & Policy Studies Group/WHO Collaborating Center
Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin

Dr. Aaron Gilson received a PhD in social welfare and an MS degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin in Madison where he had a dual concentration in social policy and in child maltreatment, with emphasis on prevention, theory, and survey research. He also received an MS degree in psychology from Villanova University in Pennsylvania. Dr. Gilson is director of the US Program at the Pain & Policy Studies Group (PPSG)/WHO Collaborating Center for Policy and Communications in Cancer Care, a division of the Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. 

A member of the American Pain Society, the Liaison Committee on Pain and Addiction, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine, Dr. Gilson has published and presented about topics relevant to health care professionals and regulators both in the United States and abroad. His recent activities involve developing a methodology to evaluate and quantify federal and state controlled substances and health care practice policies. Dr. Gilson currently is examining the extent that prescription opioid analgesics are being diverted by pharmacy thefts, and working to promote a public health approach to prescription medication abuse by identifying the sources of diversion.

Last modified: October 26, 2012