Our team

Tracey Gendron

Tracey Gendron, MS, PhD

Chair

Phone: 828-1046

Email: tlgendro@vcu.edu

Expertise 

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

Education

  • PhD in 2013, from Virginia Commonwealth University
  • MS in 1995 and 2012, from Virginia Commonwealth University
  • BA 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. 

Bio

Dr. Tracey Gendron serves as Chair for the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of
Gerontology. Tracey has a Master’s degree in Gerontology, a Master’s degree in Psychology, and a Ph.D.
in Developmental Psychology.


With over 25 years of experience as a gerontologist, Dr. Gendron has authored and co-authored over 30
manuscripts and seven book chapters on ageism and aging-related topics. She is frequently quoted in
popular media outlets, including the New York Times, the Huffington Post, and U.S. News and World
Report. Dr. Gendron has spoken about ageism in forums across America and can also be seen and heard
as a guest speaker on numerous podcasts and video productions.


Dr. Gendron takes an all-inclusive approach to teaching about aging, particularly highlighting those
understudied and underrepresented groups at increased risk of adverse health outcomes based on
discrimination. Her personal and professional goal is to raise awareness of Elderhood as the solution to
the deeply embedded ageism pervasive within all cultures, settings, and individuals.

Highlights 

  • 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

Publications/projects

  • 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
  • Zanjani F, Gendron (In Press). Introduction: Aging in Older Adulthood: Community-level Intervention
    Programming and Partnerships. Providing Older Adults with Community Health Promotion
    Opportunities. Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community.
  • Gendron, T., Cimarolli, V., Inker, J., Rhodes, A., Hennessa, A., & Stone, R (2021). The Efficacy
    of a Video-Based Intervention to Reduce Ageism. Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics
    Education
  • Rahim, S., Gendron, T., Slattum, P & Donohoe, K. (in press). Do Alumni Survey of a Combined
    Degree Pharmacy and Gerontology Program. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning.
  • Sargent, L., Slattum, P., Brooks, M., Gendron, T., Mackiewicz, M., Diallo, A., Waters, L.,
    Winship, J., Battle, K., Ford, G., Falls, K., Chung, J., Zanjani, F., Pretzer-Aboff, I., Price, E. T.,
    Prom-Worley, E., Parsons, P., & iCubed Health and Wellness in Aging Transdisciplinary Core
    (2020). Bringing Transdisciplinary Aging Research from Theory to Practice. The Gerontologist,
    gnaa214. Advance online publication. https://doi-org.proxy.library.vcu.edu/10.1093/geront/gnaa214
  • Chung, J., Sargent, L., Gendron, T., & Wheeler, D. (in press). GPS Tracking Technologies to
    Measure Mobility-Related Behaviors in Older Adults: A Systematic Review. Journal of Applied
    Gerontology
  • Gendron, T., & Van Aatrjik, L. (2020). Cross-Sector Benefits of Education in Gerontology. CSA
    Journal. Co-Investigator: Voice2Connect: Informing the Design of Smart Speakers for Social Connectedness in
    Low-Income Older Adults, National Institutes of Health (R03),2020