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? What does it mean to age well when one’s identity is marginalized in a heteronormative society? And how can social justice movements and gerontological scholarship be advanced by answering these questions? Fabbre is also affiliate faculty in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.
Fabbre’s dissertation research explored gender transitions in later life and her current project explores critical perspectives on aging and life course, mental health and well-being, and social identity in the lives of transgender and gender non-conforming older adults through in-depth biographical interviews. Fabbre is actively involved in the Gerontological Society of America as a co-convener for the Rainbow Research Group and serves as co-chair of the Aging Services and Gerontology cluster for the Society for Social Work Research. Fabbre also serves on the Membership Committee for the American Society on Aging.
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.