Patricia Chilton

Graduate Student, Social Psychology
Faculty Advisors: Matt Grilli & Matthias Mehl
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Psychology 342

She, Her, Hers

I am a Graduate Student pursuing my Ph.D. in the Social Psychology program (minor Neuropsychology).  Prior to starting the program at U of A, I was an entrepreneur owning and operating two successful businesses in Northeast Florida.  After returning to my home state of North Carolina, I received my M.S. in Gerontology studying person-centered care methods and intergenerational communication. Post-graduation, I co-created a digital memory platform, utilizing a "virtual mind" for use in reminiscence therapy and person centered care.

I am a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro where I received my B.A. in Communications and my M.S. in Gerontology.  Recently, I received my M.A. in Psychology from the University of Arizona (May 2021).  Aside from being an entrepreneur, I am a mother to four children and am passionate about healthy aging and energizing multi-generational relationships.

Research Interests:

  • Aging and Wisdom
  • Development of wisdom from post-traumatic growth
  • Characteristics of wisdom over the life course
  • Intergenerational transmission of wisdom
  • Can wise behaviors and intergenerational interactions alleviate ageism and heal intergenerational conflict, as well as be a conduit for healthy aging and well-being?


  • International Wisdom Summit 2021 (presenter)
  • Gerontological Society of America 2021 (poster session)

Community Presentations on Wisdom and Aging:

  • United Cerebral Palsy of Southern AZ, May 13, 2022
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), Oct. 5, 2022
  • TMC for Seniors, Tucson AZ, Oct. 19, 2022
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI): Mini-course on Wisdom and Aging (four sessions), Feb. 2023

Courses Taught:

  • PSY 342 - Dementia and Chronic Conditions in Older Adults (2023)

Grader for:

  • PSY 340 - Introduction to Cognitive Development (2024)

*Year listed indicates when this individual last worked in the specified course.

Updated: 06/17/24


  • B.A. Communications, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
  • M.S. Gerontology, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
  • M.A. Psychology, University of Arizona (2021)