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Annie Gatto

Major: Psychology and Catholic Studies
Topic: How adults communicate and make decisions as their parents age
Faculty Mentor:

Dr. Mary Anne Chalkley

  • Focused on how adults communicate and make decisions as their parents age.
  • Interviewed children and parents to find out how their interactions and communication patterns changed at difference periods in their lives.
  • Worked as an intern in the Regions Hospital psychology department.
  • Is working on an extension of the project, which will analyze the data to create broader themes of family communication.

What's next for Annie?

Annie is very interested in gerontology and family dynamics, and also has spent much of her life working with people with disabilities. She would love to incorporate these interests into a career. She also is a bridesmaid in five upcoming weddings, and someday hopes to own her own vineyard in Tuscany.