Our team

Tracey Gendron

Tracey Gendron, MS, PhD.


Phone: 828-1046

Email: tlgendro@vcu.edu


  • Recognizing, Understanding and Disrupting Ageism
  • Aging into Elderhood
  • Professional Identity and Community Engagement


  • Ph.D. in 2013, from Virginia Commonwealth University
  • M.S. in 1995 and 2012, from Virginia Commonwealth University
  • B.A. in 1992, from University of Central Florida

Research Interests 

To understand, raise awareness and disrupt the deeply embedded, normalized and invisible ageism that is within us all. Disrupting ageism in research involves examining inequity and discrimination and their impact on behaviors, thoughts and actions. Other research areas are elderhood, trauma-informed care approaches, workforce development, training and professional identity and community engaged research. 


Dr.Tracey Gendron is the Chair and an associate professor of Gerontology at Virginia Commonwealth University. She teaches several graduate service-based courses including grant writing, research methods and biology of aging. Tracey takes an all-inclusive approach to teaching about aging, particularly highlighting those understudied and underrepresented groups that are at increased risk of negative health outcomes based on discrimination. Her personal and professional goal is to raise awareness of how deeply embedded ageism is within all cultures and settings.


  • Founder of Aging into Elderhood (Agingintoelderhood.com)
  • Provost Faculty Fellow for Division of Community Engagement, 2016-2018
  • Named Community-Engaged Scholar, Division of Community Engagement, 2016-2017


  • Testing a Proposed Evidence Base Video Intervention on Ageism. 2019. Funded by the Retirement Research Foundation: PI.
  • Trauma-Informed Training. 2019. Funded by the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services. PI.
  • Gendron, T., Inker, J., Andricosky, R., & Zanjani, F. (2019). Development of the Relational Ageism Scale: Confirmatory Test on Survey Data. International Journal of Aging and Human Development
  • I-Shian, S., Gendron, T., & Gough, M (2018). Social Isolation and the Built Environment: A Call for Research and Advocacy. Public Policy and Aging Report
  • Gendron, T., Rubin, S., & Peron, E. (2018). Making the Case for Transgenerational Learning. The Journal of Intergenerational Relationships
  • Gendron, T., Inker, J., & Welleford, E.A. (2018). “How Old Do You Feel?” The Difficulties and Ethics of Operationalizing Subjective Age. The Gerontologist.
  • Gendron, T., Inker, J., & Welleford, E.A. (2017). A Theory of Relational Ageism: A Discourse Analysis of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. The Gerontologist.
  • Rubin, S., Gendron, T., Peron, E. (2016). Reciprocity and Shared Experiences through Transgenerational Creative Arts, Public Policy & Aging Report, prw010