About Us

The LGBT+ National Aging Research Center is dedicated to creating innovations to address the health, aging, and well-being of LGBTQ midlife and older adults and their families. This Center is built upon strong collaborations across the nation with LGBTQ older adults, their families and communities, and service providers as well as multidisciplinary experts from such diverse fields as Social Work, Medicine, Public Health, Sociology, Nursing, Psychology, Statistics, and Ethics.

The Center projects illuminate innovation in the use of science to promote best practices in research, training, and resource and program development to promote equity and reduce social, economic and health disparities now and for generations to come.


Built upon more than two decades of research on LGBTQ aging, the LGBT+ National Aging Research Center fosters key partnerships across a number of landmark projects, including Aging with Pride: The National Health, Aging, and Sexuality/Gender Study, the first federally-funded longitudinal research project examining the health, aging, and well-being over time of LGBTQ adults ages 50 to 100, and Caring and Aging with Pride, a groundbreaking national study designed to understand resilience, well-being, disparities, caregiving, and generational differences in the lives of LGBTQ midlife and older adults. In addition, through a partnership with Generations Aging with Pride, a nonprofit organization, the Center is developing and testing the first evidence-based trainings and services designed to address the growing needs of LGBTQ people and their communities, including evidence-based cross-generational support programming as well as evidence-based training for providers to ensure culturally relevant care.

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Dr. Karen I. Fredriksen-Goldsen is the Principal Investigator of The National Health, Aging, and Sexuality Study: Caring and Aging with Pride over Time, the first national project to study health and well-being among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender older adults and their caregivers. She is a Professor at the University of Washington School of Social Work, Director of Healthy Generations Hartford Center of Excellence, and Director of Institute for Multigenerational Health. She is a Gerontological Society of America Fellow, Hartford Scholar, and Founder of the GSA Rainbow Research Group. Co-Investigators on this pioneering project are Drs. Charles Emlet, Hyun-Jun Kim, Anna Muraco, Sunghee Lee, Karina Walters, and Shilpen Patel, MD. Other contributors are Charles Hoy-Ellis, Jayn Goldsen, Julia Sabin, and Sarah Jen.

As part of this groundbreaking project, we are building collaborations with community-based aging agencies across the nation serving LGBT adults to better understand aging and health within and across our communities. See Community Partners for a list of the agencies involved in this project.

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