About Us

About Us

Our Research Areas

Faculty and students at the Pepper Institute are examining an array of issues related to the social aspects of aging and their implications for public policy. 

Pathways to Later Life

Our later lives are influenced by the accumulation of experiences across the lifecourse. At the Pepper Institute, researchers are studying, for example, how military experience at earlier life stages affects older adults’ mental health and how people’s positive or negative views of aging affect their well-being as they grow older.

Aging and Health Disparities

Several social factors – like gender, socioeconomic status, and race-ethnicity – shape our experiences in later life.  At the Pepper Institute, we conduct research examining, for example, how the risk of disability differs for whites and persons of color and how the experience of ageism differs for women and men and for people with differing sexual orientations.

Communities and Transportation

Features of our physical and social environments influence our well-being in later life.  Researchers at the Pepper Institute examine, for example, how the aging process influences technology use, how the transition away from driving affects older adults’ life satisfaction, and how involvement in religious communities impacts physical functioning in later life.

Aging and Health Policy

Public policies related to aging emerge from interactions between social groups that often have different views, interests, and resources. At the Pepper Institute, researchers are examining, for example, the politics surrounding reproductive health policy, the effectiveness of case management for chronically ill patients, and the implications of public and private sector policies for economic security in later life. 


Tallahassee Magazine article highlighting Director Anne Barrett and the work of the Institute, OLLI and Safe Mobility for Life Coalition. 

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.

This year marked the 40th anniversary of the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy, a time for reflecting on our past and charting our future course.