Two School faculty were selected in June to receive awards for their outstanding contributions in the field of social gerontology. 

Professor Karen Fredriksen Goldsen was honored on June 26 with the 2019 Outstanding Leadership Pride Award given by Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan at a reception held on Capitol Hill. In a press release announcing the award, Mayor Durkan congratulated Karen for the lasting and positive impacts her work has made on the city of Seattle and for being “a leading voice on the intersections of health disparities, aging and care-giving in marginalized communities.” 

As a scholar and scientist, Karen has attained an international reputation for her research that addresses health equity and well-being in at-risk and underserved communities. She has led many landmark studies and was selected as one of the inaugural top 50 influencers in aging by PBS’s Next Avenue. Affiliated with the School since 1993, Karen also serves as director of the University’s Healthy Generations Hartford Center of Excellence. 

Assistant Professor Clara Berridge (pictured above) was chosen by the Gerontological Society of America to receive the Social Research, Policy and Practice Section’s Carroll L. Estes Rising Star Award. Clara’s research focuses on the intersections of gerontology, bioethics and health care technology. With Karen's mentorship, Clara is currently developing a first-of-its-kind tool to support families as they navigate the complex elder-care technology landscape, guiding them in balancing their perceived need for ongoing surveillance with older adults’ sense of dignity and wishes.

Clara will receive her award in Austin, Tex., in November during the 2019 meeting of the Gerontology Society of America, the country’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging. The conference attracts scores of researchers, educators and practitioners who specialize in the study of the aging process.

We congratulate both of these outstanding researchers whose significant accomplishments over the years have inspired others on both the local and national level. 

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