Ms. Gilchrist is a gerontologist and health researcher with a passion for enhancing the lives of older adults through evidence-based programs and strategies. She has ten years of experience in program management, applied research, and strategic communications to promote healthy aging and motivate action from key decision-makers. In her role as Deputy Project Director of the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging (NIH/NIA) Information Resource Center at IQ Solutions, Inc., she leads outreach and strategic communication efforts, blending traditional and innovative outreach strategies to disseminate science-based health information.
Previously, as Senior Program Manager at the National Council on Aging, she built partnerships with the public and private sector to advance evidence-based initiatives, led strategic communication campaigns, and managed national grants focused on implementation of community-based programs.
Ms. Gilchrist is Board Chair of the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area’s Junior Board of Directors. She also serves on the National Coalition to End Social Isolation and Loneliness, facilitated by Healthsperien, and the Social Isolation and Pets Consortium Steering Committee facilitated by the Human Animal Bond Research Institute.
Ms. Gilchrist holds a Master of Gerontological Studies (MGS) degree from Miami University, Scripps Gerontology Center, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, summa cum laude, from Virginia Tech.