Ernest Gonzales

Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise

Gerontology and productive aging: employment, volunteering, and caregiving; health equity; discrimination and prejudice; intergenerational research; cross-national aging research; social policy


Ernest Gonzales is an Assistant Professor at NYU Silver. Dr. Gonzales’ research has contributed to the development of knowledge on theories, policies and programs that shape health among individuals and benefit communities and society. The National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institute on Aging, Social Security Administration, AARP Foundation, John A. Hartford Foundation, and public and private funders have supported his research. Dr. Gonzales has published in top scientific journals including The Gerontologist, American Journal of Epidemiology, and the Journal of Gerontological Social Work, among others, and he is on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Clinical Social Work Journal, and Journal of Gerontological Social Work. He also helps to shape funding priorities in the area of aging and health by reviewing grants for The National Institute on Aging and foreign government agencies, as well as consulting with local and national foundations.

An international scholar in the areas of productive aging (employment, volunteering, and caregiving), health equity, intergenerational relationships, and social policy, Dr. Gonzales 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 from all disciplines who are involved in the study of aging and its impacts. He chairs the AGE-SW Productive Aging Group and SSWR’s SIG on AASW&SW Productive Aging Grand Challenge. He is a member of the Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work, Society for Social Work Research (special interest group on aging), and the Association for Latina and Latino Social Work Educators.

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.