Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, PhD, is Professor and Director of Healthy Generations Hartford Center of Excellence at the University of Washington. Specializing in innovations in health equity and aging research across marginalized communities, she is Principal Investigator of Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging, Sexuality and Gender Study, the first ever longitudinal study to address the emerging needs of LGBT midlife and older adults, funded by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen and colleagues developed the Health Equity Promotion Model have worked with several population-based studies including National Health Interview Survey, American Community Survey, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, and Health and Retirement Study. She is the author of more than 85 peer reviewed publications in leading journals and three books, including Families and Work: New Directions in the Twenty-First Century (Oxford University Press). Dr. Fredriksen Goldsen has presented her research findings at the Institute of Medicine, United Nations and U.S. White House conferences, and Congressional Briefings. She has received numerous awards for her pioneering scholarship, teaching and community engagement including Top 50 Influencer in Aging from PBS
My research on LGBT population health has been conducted at the state level as well as the national level. For example, I have examined LGBT health disparities utilizing population-based data including Washington State Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and recently National Health Interview Survey as well as Health and Retirement Study and American Community Survey. I am also collaborating with local agencies, across all the US Census divisions serving LGBT midlife and older adults to reach hard-to-reach LGBT populations and better understand their strengths and needs for their health and well-being. I am currently developing global partners.