Karen Fredriksen Goldsen, PhD, is professor at the University of Washington and principal of Goldsen Institute, School of Social Work. Dr. Fredriksen Goldsen is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar addressing equity and the intersections and trajectories of health, aging, and well-being over the life course among underserved, resilient communities. Characterized as an international leader in sexuality and gender longevity and aging research, she is principal investigator of multiple federally funded landmark studies, including the National Health, Aging and Sexuality/Gender Study: Aging with Pride; IDEA (Innovations in Dementia Empowerment and Action); and the Global Pride Study. Dr. Fredriksen Goldsen is the author of seven books and special issues and more than 100 publications in leading journals, such as the American Journal for Public Health, The Gerontologist, and Social Work. She has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the PBS’s Inaugural Next Avenue’s Top 50 Influencer in Aging, Inaugural 2019 U.S. National Institutes of Health Sexual & Gender Minority Distinguished Investigator Award, Gerontological Society of America Award for Healthy Aging, Career Achievement Award from the Association of Gerontology Education in Social Work, and the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Her research has been cited by leading news sources such as New York Times, CNSS, Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, NBC News, USA Today, and Forbes, as well as more than 75 international news outlets.
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