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Karen Fredriksen Goldsen

Professor, social work

Social issues

Expertise: Aging and well-being, health disparities among LGBT older adults

Karen Fredriksen Goldsen, Ph.D., is Professor and Director of Healthy Generations Hartford Center of Excellence at the University of Washington. Fredriksen Goldsen is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar addressing equity and the intersections of health disparities, aging, and well-being in resilient at-risk communities. With over 20 years of consecutive external funding, Fredriksen Goldsen has led many landmark studies and was selected in PBS’s Next Avenue’s inaugural top 50 Influencers in Aging. Characterized as an international leader in aging and longevity research, she is Principal Investigator of multiple federally funded studies with LGBT older adults and their caregivers. Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging, and Sexuality/Gender Study (R01) is the first national longitudinal study of LGBT midlife and older adult health to identify modifiable factors that account for health trajectories in these communities.


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