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  • Congratulations to Pepper International Fellows Tyler Bruefach and Elham Shekari!

    Congratulations to newly selected Pepper International Fellows Tyler Bruefach of FSU Sociology and Elham Shekari of FSU DURP! They will participate in the CAnD3 training program on Aging Societies.

  • ISL Director & Pepper Associate Neil Charness named Distinguished Research Professor

    Pepper Associate Neil Charness was named Distinguished Research Professor at FSU’s 2021 Faculty Awards ceremony. The designation recognizes and honors outstanding research, scholarly and creative activity among FSU faculty.

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  • Pepper Associate Miles Taylor Brings Aging Expertise to International Training Program

    FSU Sociology Professor and Pepper Institute Associate Miles Taylor will provide aging expertise as a core collaborator and executive committee member for the Consortium on Analytics for Data-Driven Decision Making (CAnD3).

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  • Watch Now: Karen Fingerman Pepper Institute's Dempsey Barron Endowed Lecture

    February 4, 2021 - The Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy presented its inaugural Dempsey Barron Endowed Lecture, "Implications of Weaker Ties in Late Life," a talk by Karen Fingerman.

  • FSU Aging Studies Alum Jean Accius Named One of Next Avenue's 2020 Influencers on Aging

    Jean Accius (M.S. ’03 Aging Studies), senior vice president of global thought leadership at AARP based in Washington, D.C., was recognized by Next Avenue in their list of 2020 Influencers in Aging.

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  • Pepper Associate Graham McDougall, Jr. Recognized as a Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing

    Pepper Associate & Associate Dean of Research at FSU's College of Nursing Graham McDougall, Jr. was recognized for his expertise as a Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing at the NHCGNE Leadership Conference held virtually in October 2020.

  • Watch Now: Policy Pub - "Bouncing Back: What the Science of Resilience Can Teach Us"

    In thinking about our ability to adapt to challenging situations, an emerging science on resilience can inform how we move forward in 2021. Professor of Sociology Miles Taylor discusses the science and importance of resilience.

  • Pepper Associate Amy Ai named Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare

    Congratulations to Pepper Associate Amy Ai! The academy is an honorific society of distinguished scholars and practitioners dedicated to achieving excellence in the field of social work and social welfare through high-impact work that advances social good.

  • Grandparent-Adult Grandchild Relationships: Development of a Typology Using Latent Class Analysis

    Pepper Institute Director Anne Barrett & FSU alumna Justine Gunderson, Ph.D. examined underlying categories of grandparent-adult grandchild relationships. Results of this study may aid in efforts to strengthen relationships characterized by weak bonds.

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  • Safe Mobility for Life Coalition

    UNDERSTAND the impact that aging has on driving. BE PROACTIVE about safe driving skills. PLAN for a safe transition from driving. Visit to take the first step in achieving safe mobility for life!

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    Follow us on Twitter @FSUAging for news updates and information on aging research.


Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy


Anne Barret, 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                        

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For over 40 years, the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy has served as the hub for multidisciplinary research on aging at Florida State University.


OLLI at FSU is a scholarly and exciting program of classes targeted to mature adults who want to learn in a stress-free environment.

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Since 2009, the Pepper Institute has received grants from the Florida Department of Transportation to support the work of the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition.