Patricia Chilton

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

Patricia Chilton

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

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

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

Trish's research interests involve aging and wisdom, particularly the development of wisdom from post-traumatic growth, characteristics of wisdom over the life course and intergenerational transmission of wisdom.  More specifically, 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

Research Interests:

  • Healthy Aging
  • Wisdom Development
  • Intergenerational Relationships

Updated: 01/31/23


  • M.S. Gerontology
  • M.A. Psychology
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