Karen I. Fredriksen-Goldsen, Ph.D., is Professor and Director of Healthy Generations Hartford Center of Excellence at the University of Washington. Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar addressing equity and intersections of aging, health disparities, and well-being in marginalized communities. With over 20 years of consecutive external funding, Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen has led many landmark studies. As the Principal Investigator of Caring and Aging with Pride (R01), Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen directed the first national study of health and aging of LGBT midlife and older adults and their caregivers. In the continuation project, Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging and Sexuality/Gender Study (NHAS) (R01), Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen is leading the first longitudinal study of LGBT midlife and older adult health and aging to identify potentially modifiable factors that account for health trajectories in these communities. She has also investigated health and well-being across other marginalized communities, such as the impact of HIV on older adults in China and reducing cross-generational risk of cardiovascular disease in a Native American community. Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen has provided invitational presentations at U.S. White House conferences, Institute of Medicine, Congressional Briefings, and a United Nations conference, as well as numerous others.
Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen is the author of three books and more than 100 publications in leading journals such as the American Journal for Public Health, The Gerontologist, and Social Work. Her book, Families and Work: New Directions in the Twenty-First Century (Oxford University Press), is the most comprehensive study to date of caregiving across the lifespan. As the previous Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, she provided leadership, strategic direction, and administrative oversight for all academic degree programs, and developed a strategic evaluation and planning process to insure innovative programming and assessment in the Health Sciences School of Social Work.
Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen has been recognized for her work advancing aging and health research, practice, and education. She was recently named in the inaugural class of the top 50 Influencers in Aging by PBS’s Next Avenue. Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen also received the campus-wide University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Association of Gerontology Education Career Achievement Award. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a Hartford Scholar and Mentor. Locally, nationally, and internationally, Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen provides consultation and training on effectively serving older adults and their families in historically disadvantaged and marginalized communities. Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen currently serves on the University of Washington Faculty Senate, and several editorial and community-based boards. She served as a Commissioner on the national CSWE Commission for Economic Justice and Diversity and as past Co-Chair of the Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression. Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen is the founder of Generations Aging with Pride, GSA Rainbow Research Group, and Shanti/Seattle. She received her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of California at Berkeley.