Ken Wallston, Ph.D.

Ken Wallston, Ph.D., is an emeritus professor of nursing at Vanderbilt University and a staff scientist with the Institute of Medicine and Public Health at VUMC. He received his PhD in social psychology in 1969 from the University of Connecticut. Ken has done extensive research on adaptation to chronic illness, studying patients with rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, as well as cardiovascular and kidney disease. Among the founders of the fields of health psychology and behavioral medicine (in the late 1970s), Ken is most well known as one of the developers of the Multidimensional Health Locus of Control scales which are used by researchers all over the world. In addition, he has developed and validated dozens of other health-related belief scales, including measures of perceived competence, health literacy and numeracy.