• Congratulations to Dr. Clayton Gumber!

    Clayton successfully defended his dissertation,"The Effects of Paid Work on Health in Later Life: Variation by Socioeconomic Status", earning his PhD in Sociology.

  • Pepper Associate honored for contributions to health psychology

    Amy Ai received the Distinguished Health Psychology Contribution Award from the International Association of Applied Psychology for her long and distinguished history of scientific contributions.

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  • Dr. Anne Barrett keynote speaker at the Association of Retired Faculty's spring luncheon

    Pepper Director Anne Barrett addressed the spring luncheon of the Association of Retired Faculty on May 3. Dr. Barrett spoke on the history of the Pepper Institute and the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition

  • Pepper Associates Receive Fulbright Awards

    Pepper Director Anne Barrett and Pepper Associate Miles Taylor to study and share their expertise in Italy and Canada, respectively, through grants from the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

  • Dr. Stephen M. Golant "Aging in the Right Place"

    View the full archived video stream of Dr. Golant's talk in Broad Auditorium on April 6.

    Click here to view the presentation
  • Fair division of housework linked to better sex among married individuals in midlife

    Dr. Anne Barrett and Alexandra Raphael explore the correlation between housework and the sex lives of married individuals in midlife.

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  • Pepper Associate Dawn Carr studies the benefits companion pets bring to older adults

    FSU researchers Dawn Carr and Natalie Sachs-Ericsson will tap into data on human-animal interaction collected as part of the Health and Retirement Survey, a long-term study of more than 20,000 individuals 50 years old or older.

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  • Congratulations to Katherine Glasgow, Ph.D.!

    Katherine recently defended her dissertation: Care Receipt and Care Provision in Parent-Child Relationships: Their Association with Older Adults Mental Health

  • Follow Pepper Institute on Twitter!

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

  • Neil Charness receives two honors for a career of work on longevity and technology for older adults

    The Pepper Associate received an award for the Advancement of Psychology & Aging from the American Psychological Association and was inducted into the Grandmasters of Gerontechnology by the International Society for Gerontechnology.

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  • Patricia Homan honored for Aging Research by the International Sociological Association

    Our newest Pepper Associate recently traveled to ISA's World Congress of Sociology in Toronto to accept the Emerging Scholar Award and present her paper, “Rethinking the role of childhood SES in adult health: Integrating existing theories with life course perspectives on the disablement process."


WFSU-FM Aging Today, airing Tuesdays at 3:04pm

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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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Tim Chapin, Dean of FSU College of Social Sciences and Public Policy with Sen. Bob Graham, FSU President John Thrasher, and former first lady Adele Graham in the Claude Pepper museum (FSU Photo)

Director Anne Barrett provides an overview of the most recent research and its implications for the formation of public policy for an aging society.

This past year was a productive one at the Institute - full of stimulating intellectual exchanges, fruitful research projects, and enriching engagement with the community. Read all about it here!