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The Center for Gerontology serves as the organizational unit and focal point for aging-related activities at Virginia Tech. The center’s primary mission is to foster and facilitate multidisciplinary research that enhances the quality of life of older adults. In support of this mission, the center focuses primarily on three streams of coordinated research: Family Gerontology, Health and Aging, and Elder Rights.

Graduate Certificates


Leadership for an Aging Society


The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is a university-approved program of graduate study designed to offer learning experiences consistent with the recommendations of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. Learn More


The Graduate Certificate in Leadership for an Aging Society is designed to teach students the fundamentals of the aging process and the leadership skills needed to manage an organization that serves older adults both ethically and effectively. Students will learn how to develop, implement, and assess organizational policy and lead teams that provide support services for older adults. Learn More

Gerontology Newsletter 

About the Center Director

Pamela Teaster

Pamela Teaster, a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science, directs the center. Read More