Dilip Jeste


Geriatric psychiatrist and neuroscientist Dilip Jeste reveals how our brains compensate for physical aging and an unexpected evolutionary advantage to growing old, by gaining sage wisdom, which holds great promise to benefit society as a whole.


Dilip Jeste is a renowned geriatric neuropsychiatrist specializing in wisdom and other positive attributes of the aging brain. He holds several distinguished teaching and research titles at the University of California, San Diego, where he helped develop one of the largest geriatric psychiatry divisions in the world. While serving as President of the American Psychiatric Association, Dilip spearheaded the process of finalization, approval, and publication of the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), often called the ”Bible of Psychiatry.” He is the director of the newly launched UCSD Center for Healthy Aging and has published 12 books including Positive Psychiatry. He loves doing empirical clinical and biological research on fuzzy concepts such as wisdom, successful aging, and decision making capacity. 


Our demise gives us pause
Robbins G. SD Union Tribune. 2016.

The Secret to Happiness? Get Old
Parente M. SD Union Tribune. 2016.

We all have some wisdom. But what is it?
Robins G. The San Diego Union Tribune. 2015.

Grandma's wisdom is a great gift
Parente M. Center for Practical Wisdom. 2016.

Why People Get Happier in Old Age
Public Radio International. 2015.

The Real Roots of Midlife Crisis
Rauch, J. The Atlantic. 2014.

New UCSD Think Tank to tackle aging issues
Parente, M. The San Diego Union Tribune. 2014.


Wisdom - A Neuroscience Perspective
Harris JC, Jeste. JAMA. 2010;304(14):1602-1603. 

Neurobiology of wisdom: A literature overview

Weeks T, Jeste D. Archives of General Psychiatry. 2009;66(4):366-365.

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Wisdom Neuropsychiatrist