• Aging

    The Pepper Institute on Aging & Public Policy

    The Pepper Institute brings together faculty and students from a range of disciplines, such as sociology, economics, political science, urban and regional planning, public health, psychology, social work, and medicine, to address aging issues.

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  • FSU Torches

    Postdoctoral Fellowship in Social Gerontology

    The Pepper Institute is currently recruiting a Postdoctoral Fellow for a one-year position. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be expected to spend part of the time working independently and part collaboratively with Faculty Associates.

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  • Family

    Women Do Get Better with Age

    Pepper Institute Director, Anne Barrett featured in Florida State University News discussing women and aging. Barrett and research partner Erica Toothman examined the role of five components of the subjective experience of aging in accounting for age differences in women’s emotional well-being.

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  • Eminent Scholar Chair

    Opportunity: Eminent Scholar Chair in Social Gerontology

    We are seeking applications from scholars at the Associate or Full Professor levels who have a record of funded research and experience with interdisciplinary research on aging-related policy issues. 

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Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy


Anne Barrett
Anne Barrett, Ph.D., Director

 We are witnessing an unprecedented trend in human history – the rapid aging  of the  world’s population. The statistics are familiar. For example, the average life expectancy  of the global population more than doubled between 1900 to 2015 – from  about 30  years to over 70. Although population aging is an increasingly familiar  concept, its  wide-ranging effects are less  fully understood and appreciated. Aging  impacts every element  of our society – the  family, healthcare, education, politics,  transportation, economy,  media, military, and many others. 

Understanding these impacts and how public policies can address them is the focus of our work here at the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy.  For 40 years, we have served as the hub for multidisciplinary research on aging at Florida State University, bringing together faculty and students from a  range of disciplines like political science, sociology, public health, medicine, and psychology. Our research centers on four areas – pathways to later life, aging and health disparities, communities and transportation, and aging and health policy. 

The Institute also supports the work of two organizations serving Florida’s aging community. The Safe Mobility for Life Coalition, supported by the Florida Department of Transportation since 2010, aims to improve the safety, access, and mobility of Florida’s aging road users through education and advocacy. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at FSU is an educational program for adults 50 and older, offering about 100 courses a year to its over 1,200 members.  

I encourage you to look around our website and learn more about the Pepper Institute.  

Thank you for stopping by!

Anne Barrett, Ph.D.

Director, Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy