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We’ve changed our name from Encore.org to CoGenerate! Join us at cogenerate.org to bridge generational divides and co-create the future.


Associate Professor, New York University
New York, NY

“Intergenerational programs shatter stereotypes and advance an equitable society. Gerontologists can’t do it alone. Critical race theorists can’t do it alone. Feminists can’t do it alone. We need to do this in concert, together.”


Ernest Gonzales is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Human Behavior in the Social Environment curriculum area at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. He is a scholar in the areas of productive aging (employment, volunteering and caregiving), health equity, discrimination and social policy. His research advances our understanding on the relationships between healthy aging, social determinants of health, productive activities and intergenerational contexts. 

Ernest’s research has been supported by The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institute on Aging, U.S. Social Security Administration, AARP Foundation, Fox and Samuels Foundation, and other public and private funders. Dr. Gonzales publishes in leading scientific journals and is on several editorial boards. 

By invitation, Ernest serves on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE). He has been invited to review grants for the National Institute on Aging and other international federal agencies. He is the Co-Lead of the American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare’s Grand Challenge on Advancing Long, Healthy, and Productive Lives. He is also a Senior Fellow of the NYU Aging Incubator, a university-wide initiative bringing together faculty and students from across the University who are involved in the study of aging and its impact on society. He is also a member of the Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work, Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), the Association for Latina/o Social Work Educators, and Gerontological Society of America.

Prior to coming to NYU Silver, Dr. Gonzales was an Assistant Professor at Boston University’s School of Social Work, where he received the Peter T. Paul Career Development Award, a highly competitive and prestigious honor given to promising tenure-track scholars. During his doctoral studies, he received the Brown School of Social Work’s Dissertation Award and the Teaching Excellence Award for Doctoral Teaching Fellows; the John A. Hartford Pre-Dissertation Fellowship and Dissertation Fellowship; and the Washington University Chancellor’s Fellowship.

Dr. Gonzales earned his PhD from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, his MSSW from Columbia University School of Social Work, and a BA in Sociology from Hunter College at the City University of New York.

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