Dr. Patrick earned her doctorate from The University of Akron (OH). Prior to joining the faculty at WVU, she held positions at the Myers Research Institute at Menorah Park in Beachwood (Ohio) and at the Center on Aging at Bradley University (Peoria, IL). She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, serves on the Executive Committee of APA's Division 20 (Aging), and is the editor of the International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Sage Publishing).
Dr. Patrick’s interests are broadly in the field of adult development, with a focus on families at mid- and late-life and successful aging. She has research expertise in cognitive aging, including decision making and memory interventions. Her lab is active in health promotion and health intervention studies. Recent grant-funded projects include physical activity promotion among community-dwelling adults and reproductive health among men and women in treatment for opioid dependence.