2013 Recipient: Patricia Parmelee, Ph.D.
Patricia Parmelee, PhD, is the director of the Center for Mental Health and Aging and a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Alabama.
Internationally known for her work on quality of life and quality of care for chronically ill older persons, her current research interests span the interrelations of physical and mental health, with particular emphasis on associations among pain, disability and mental health among chronically ill older adults; quality of long-term care, particularly staffing issues in residential care settings; and interventions to support family caregivers.
Dr. Parmelee's work on the intersection of pain and depression among older adults has shaped the fields of gerontology, psychology, and medicine in very significant ways. Her focus on the daily processes of pain and well-being has resulted in unique contributions to the understanding of how chronic pain influences mental health on a day-to-day basis.
Dr. Parmelee is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a fellow of the American Psychological Association.