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Patricia Wilson, Ph.D.

Patricia Wilson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Dr. Wilson received her B.A. degree in Psychology from Georgian Court College (now Georgian Court University) in 1990, her M.S. in Psychology in 1994 and her Ph.D. in Psychology in 2000 both from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her postdoctoral work was completed at International Flavors and Fragrances Inc., Union Beach, NJ, and focused on olfaction and psychology. Her work there included investigation of the effects of pheromones on human behavior, particularly emotion, as well as investigation of the effects of synthetic odors. Dr. Wilson joined the Psychology Department at La Salle University in 2003. She maintains a research associate relationship with colleagues at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Dr. Wilson’s research continues to focus on emotion and sensory experience, including the aesthetic experience of flowers, with a strong emphasis on undergraduate mentoring. Courses taught at La Salle have included, among others, Social Psychology, Physiological Psychology, Human Behavior: Developmental Perspectives (Master’s level), a team taught multidisciplinary course on Autism, and, most recently, a course on Drugs in Society. When not engaged in academic pursuits, Dr. Wilson enjoys oil painting, finding aesthetically-pleasing places to investigate, opera and musical theater, and, of course, reading.


  • Emotional and social effects of environmental stimuli (particularly flowers) and chemosensory stimuli (including pheromones)
  • Impact of emotion on cognitive processes
  • Positive psychology, particularly the effects of positive mood states on human social functioning


  • Post-doctoral, International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc.
  • Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Social/Developmental Psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • M.S., Interdisciplinary Social/Developmental Psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • B.A., Psychology, Georgian Court College


  • PSY 225: Social Psychology
  • PSY 420: Biological Psychology
  • PCMF 504: Human Behavior: Developmental Perspectives
  • EDC 233/INST 233: Autism: A Family Focus
  • PSY 371: Drugs in Society


Haviland-Jones, J. & Wilson, P. (2009). A “nose” for emotion: emotional information and challenges in odors and semiochemicals. In M. Lewis, J.M. Haviland-Jones, & L. Barrett-Feldman (Eds.) Handbook of Emotion, 3rd Ed., New York: Guilford Press.

Haviland-Jones, J., Rosario, H.H., Wilson, P. & McGuire, T. (2005). An environmental approach to positive emotion: Flowers. Environmental Psychology, 3, 104-132.

Haviland-Jones, J. & Wilson, P. (2005). Fragrance: Emotion, sensuality, and relationships. A Sense of Smell Institute White Paper. Sense of Smell Institute: New York, NY.


Wilson, P. & McGuire, T. (2008). New Pedagogies, New Problems: When You Listen to Your
Students, Will You Like What You Hear? Workshop presentation at the SENCER 2008 Summer Institute, San Jose, CA.

Wilson, P. & Samulewicz, S. (2008). Integrating biology and psychology: Teaching about
identity. In SENCER: Beyond the Sciences and Across the Disciplines Seminar. Invited
talk at SENCER Summer Institute 2008.


  • American Psychological Society
  • ISRE (International Society for Research in Emotion)