Penn State Harrisburg

A. Patricia Aguilera Hermida, D.Ed.

· Lecturer in Human Development and Family Studies; Behavioral Sciences and Education


Dr. Patty Aguilera is a lecturer of Human Development and Family Studies. She earned her doctorate in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Aguilera holds a M.S. in Psychology, and completed a residency in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has been teaching since 1995 at the graduate and undergraduate level. In addition to her teaching, Dr. Aguilera worked as a clinical therapist and supervisor, and created a school for older adults in Mexico.

Her research has most recently focused on topics related to older adults such as education for senior citizens, ageism, community well-being, and strategies to promote cognitive health. One of her passions is neuroplasticity.

Courses Taught

  • HDFS 239 Adolescent Development
  • HDFS 249 Adult Development and Aging
  • HDFS 301 Values and Ethics in Health and Human Development Professions
  • HDFS 395C Professional Practicum in Human Services
  • HDFS 402 Human Services Seminar
  • HDFS 433 Transition to Adulthood
  • HDFS 434 Perspectives on Aging
  • PSYCH 100 Introductory Psychology