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  • Pepper Associate Dawn Carr Named Director of the Claude Pepper Center at FSU

    Congratulations to Pepper Institute Associate Dawn Carr, Ph.D. who has been named as Director of the Claude Pepper Center at FSU. She takes over from interim Director Stephen MacNamara.

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  • Pepper Institute Associate Amy Ai named an FSU Distinguished Research Professor

    Congratulations to Amy Ai, Pepper Institute Associate & Professor in the College of Social Work for being named a Distinguished Research Professor at FSU's 2022 Faculty Awards Ceremony. The designation recognizes and honors outstanding research, scholarly and creative activity among FSU faculty.

  • Pepper Associate Anne Barrett Quoted in Yahoo! Life Article on Ageism

    "Our culture tells us, in a multitude of ways, that as we move through all the life stages following 'youth,' we are slowly losing all that is valued."

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  • FSU Alum Brittany King, Ph.D.: Women More Likely Than Men to Have No Retirement Savings

    New article published by the U.S. Census Bureau says that many adults approaching retirement age may not be financially prepared to retire

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  • Pepper Institute Director Miles Taylor & Pepper Associate Dawn Carr coauthored a paper on psychological resilience & COVID-19 among older adults

    The team found sample of older adults experienced relatively stable levels of resilience despite the challenges posed by COVID-19

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  • Recording - Structures & Systems: Life Course Scaffolding of Late-Life Health

    This presentation by Professor Jessica A. Kelley focuses on recent theoretical developments in aging and life course literatures and how they relate to empirical work on health outcomes in later life.

  • Pepper Associate Dawn Carr selected for research fellowship program

    Dr. Carr will work to develop a framework for increasing interdisciplinary scholarship at FSU. Her goal is to develop infrastructure and an initial project to catalyze expertise in aging across our three institutes/centers.

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

    Congratulations to 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 Director Miles Taylor Brings Aging Expertise to International Training Program

    FSU Sociology Professor and Pepper Institute Director 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: Pepper Institute's Dempsey Barron Endowed Lecture featuring Karen Fingerman

    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.

  • 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.

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

    Pepper Institute Associate 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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Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy


Miles Taylor PhD

Within the next 15 years, the United States will achieve a pivotal marker of population aging: 20% of Americans will be retirement age or older. This shift brings substantial opportunities and challenges for policies and planning at local and national levels. As we ready ourselves for a future in which we are aging as individuals and as a nation, it is critical that expertise on aging translates to both high quality research and real-world solutions. Across our different projects and areas of focus, tying us together is our mission to improve and enrich the lives of older adults.

For more than 4 decades, the Pepper Institute has focused on issues central to the lives of older adults. Today, we are an engaged group of multidisciplinary faculty, students, and stakeholders comprising a vibrant center of thought leadership, academic and applied research, and community engagement. We are home to several research initiatives including our collaborative research and consulting hub ARCHI and an international fellowship program on population aging (Pepper International Fellows). These initiatives extend our expertise to decision makers and future scholars across the nation and the world.

In partnership with community and state leaders, we house the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), which offers roughly 100 courses per year geared to older adults in our area. We also support The Safe Mobility for Life Coalition, funded by the Florida Department of Transportation to improve the safety, access, and mobility of Florida’s aging road users.  

Together, we engage in award winning research, consult on today’s most pressing policy issues, train the next generation of leaders in aging, and remain a bustling location of education and engagement for older adults.  As a fourth generation Floridian, I have been proud to call the Pepper Institute and FSU my professional home for more than decade.  I invite you to look around, see the exciting things going on , and connect with us!

Miles G. Taylor, 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.