Edward F. Ansello, Ph.D.

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Dr. Ansello is Director of the Virginia Center on Aging and Director of the Virginia Geriatric Education Center at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. His work in the field of aging spans more than 40 years, with focuses that include interprofessional geriatrics education, aging with lifelong disabilities, pre-retirement planning, abuse in later life, geropharmacy, coalition building, and the humanities, media and aging. He was co-founder of the University of Maryland Center on Aging in College Park, the Committee on Humanities and the Arts in the Gerontological Society of America, the Virginia Coalition for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, the Senior Center of Richmond at Chesterfield, and the Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield. The author of a dozen books, monographs, special issues, and book chapters, and over three dozen published articles, he has made over 600 presentations before professional and civic groups nationally and internationally.

Dr. Ansello is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. He was named Distinguished Academic Gerontologist by the Southern Gerontological Society in 1990 and received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education in 2001, and the latter’s highest recognition, the Tibbitts Award, in 2011. He is Past President of both of these professional organizations. He currently serves on several boards dedicated to improving later life.