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Monika Ardelt

Professor of Sociology
Office: Turlington 3350
Spring 2020 Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 1:45-2:45 pm or by appointment


Monika Ardelt is an Professor of Sociology at the University of Florida and the 2008 Colonel Allan R. and Margaret G. Crow Term Professor. She is a Founding Faculty Member and Member of the Advisory Committee of the University of Florida Center for Spirituality and Health. Dr. Ardelt received her Diploma (M.A.) in Sociology from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University of Frankfurt/Main in Germany and her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Aging Studies, Research in Human Development, Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. and Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences and as a deputy editor for the Journal of Family Issues. She is co-editor of the book Faith and Well-Being in Late Life: Linking Theories with Evidence in an Interdisciplinary Inquiry (2009).

Dr. Ardelt is the developer of the widely used Three-Dimensional Wisdom Scale (3D-WS; Ardelt, 2003). In 1999, she was elected as a Brookdale National Fellow to study the similarities and differences between aging and dying well. As a Positive Psychology Templeton Senior Fellow in 2005, she examined the association between spirituality and aging well. In 2010, Dr. Ardelt was awarded Fellowship status of the Gerontological Society of America.

Dr. Ardelt has published numerous journal articles and book chapters in the area of successful human development across the life course with particular emphasis on the relations between wisdom, spirituality, aging well, and dying well.
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Areas of Specialization

  • Adult Human Development
  • Aging and the Life Course
  • Wisdom, Purpose in Life, and Religiosity/Spirituality
  • Aging Well and Dying Well
  • Social Psychology

Monika Ardelt’s research focuses on successful human development across the life course with particular emphasis on the relations between wisdom, purpose and meaning in life, spirituality, aging well, and dying well. Her overall goal is to identify factors that lead to both aging and dying well and that might help families and institutions to facilitate well-being and psychological growth for the elderly until the very end of life under conditions that are more cost-effective and humane than customary practice.

Selected Publications