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Sarah Marrs

Sarah Marrs, PhD

Director of Research, Virginia Center on Aging

Assistant Professor, Department of Gerontology

Email: marrssa@vcu.edu


  • Abuse in Later Life
  • Ageism
  • Workforce enhancement


  • PhD in Research & Evaluation, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • MA in Psychological Sciences, James Madison University
  • BS in Psychology, Virginia Tech

Research Interests

  • The intersection of elder abuse and ageism
  • Structural ageism
  • Interprofessional geriatric workforce enhancement


Dr. Marrs is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Gerontology and the Director of Research for the Virginia Center on Aging. She teaches statistics and research methodology courses and oversees CIRCAA - a faculty and clinician professional development program focused on interprofessional geriatrics. Her research interests focus on the impact of ageism on healthcare, professionals’ recognition of and response to abuse in later life, and geriatrics workforce enhancement through interprofessional training. She is the Principal Investigator of the Virginia HEAR project, a federally funded project awarded by the Administration for Community Living (ACL). Her scholarly activity includes peer-reviewed publications and presentations utilizing quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodologies.


SGS Best Practices Award (CIRCAA)

Visiting Scholar, University of Oxford, 2016