Vanessa Fabbre's research agenda is driven by several core questions: What are the conditions under which gender and sexual minorities experience wellness in later life? And what does it mean to age well when one's identity is marginalized in a heteronormative, heterosexist and transphobic society? Fabbre's dissertation research explored gender transitions in later life and her current project explores pathways to health and well-being in the lives of transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) older adults through in-depth biographical interviews. Fabbre is also interested in critical perspectives on social work practice and interpretive methodology in the social sciences.
Fabbre is affiliate faculty in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a faculty scholar at the Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis. Fabbre is actively involved in the Gerontological Society of America, the American Society on Aging, and the Society for Social Work and Research.
At the Brown School, Fabbre teaches courses in social justice and human diversity, direct social work practice with older adults, social, economic and political environment, and qualitative research methods.
Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences
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