Vanessa Fabbre, PhD, LCSW, is an Assistant Professor at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago where her dissertation, Gender Transitions in Later Life, explored issues of gender, identity, and aging. Prior to completing her doctoral studies, she served as the Coordinator of Older Adult Programs at Rush University Medical Center. She also worked as a psychotherapist at the Center on Halsted and co-chair of the Chicago Task Force on LGBT Aging. She is currently a co-convener of the Rainbow Research Group, a formal interest group of the Gerontological Society of America. Vanessa’s research explores the intersection of LGBTQ issues and gerontology, focusing specifically on transgender and queer perspectives on aging and the life course. At the Brown School she teaches courses in social justice and human diversity, direct social work practice with older adults, social, economic and political environment, and qualitative research methods.