Patricia Parmelee

Patricia Parmelee

Patricia A. Parmelee, PhD
Director, Alabama Research Institute on Aging
Professor, Department of Psychology (clinical geropsychology program)


Pat Parmelee has been active in  research and services for the elderly for nearly 30 years, and is internationally known for her work on quality of life and quality of care for chronically ill older persons.  Prior to joining ARIA in 2008, Dr. Parmelee held positions at the Emory University School of Medicine and the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She previously served as Vice President for Outcomes Management at Genesis Health Ventures, a multi-state long-term care corporation; as Associate Director of Research and Senior Research Psychologist at the Philadelphia Geriatric Center, and as Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  She is an elected Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Gerontological Society of America.

Dr. Parmelee has a long history of research on well-being of frail elderly, with funding from such sources as the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Her current research interests span three general areas:

(1) the interrelations of physical and mental health, with particular emphasis on associations among pain, disability and mental health among chronically ill older adults.

(2) quality of long-term care, and particularly staffing issues in residential care settings;

(3) interventions to support family caregivers.