The Goldsen Institute is dedicated to building a world where all ages, starting with older adults, thrive throughout their lives.

we disrupt traditional research and intervention models and design new practices for how we live, work, and grow in our communities.

we help shape the ideas that influence policy changes for a better society.

we foster continuous dialogue and find workable solutions for urgent issues confronting underserved populations, starting with older adults, worldwide.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to strengthen the health, wellness, and longevity of resilient, underserved communities.

As a research institute, we:

  • Catalyze high-quality research to fill evidence gaps.
  • Collect, summarize, and disseminate findings.
  • Create and evaluate interventions to address emerging needs.
  • Explore the intersections of health, longevity, culture, sexuality and gender.
  • Translate research science into practices that benefit communities.

University of Washington

The Goldsen Institute is located in the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. To inspire significant scale changes, the Institute was founded by Professor Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen and collaborates with faculty, research staff, students, and community members to discover and share innovative tools and programs.