Transform Lives. Be the Change.

Sarah Jen

Assistant Professor
Primary office:
785-864-4291
Twente Hall
Room 307


Summary

Dr. Jen earned her MSW and PhD from the University of Washington in Seattle. Her research addresses the intersections of social work, gerontology, and sexuality and aims to improve the health and well-being of diverse aging populations with a particular focus on women and queer and trans communities.

Teaching Interests

  • Adult development and aging
  • Intergenerational practice
  • Aging and sexuality
  • End-of-life care
  • Historical foundations of social work practice and policy
  • And research methods and theory.

Research Interests

  • Aging and the life course
  • Health and well-being of LGBTQ older adults
  • Bisexuality and later life
  • Sexuality and sexual lives of older women
  • Qualitative and mixed-methods research.

Selected Publications

Fredriksen-Goldsen, K. I., Jen, S. & Muraco, A. (in press). Queering the life course: Systematic review of LGBTQ aging research and a blueprint for the future. Journal of Applied Gerontology.

Segal-Englelchin, D. Jen, S. & Erera, P. E. (in press). Why heterosexual women and gay men choose to conceive and raise children together. In O. Taubman & B. Ari (Eds.), Pathways and barriers to the transition to parenthood: Existential concerns regarding fertility, pregnancy, and early parenthood.

Fabbre, V. D., Jen, S. & Fredriksen-Goldsen, K. I. (2019). The state of theory in LGBT aging: Implications for gerontological scholarship. Research on Aging. DOI:0164027518822814

Jen, S. (2018). Discourses of late life gender transitions. Journal of Research on Women and Gender, 8, 49-64.

Jen, S. (2018). Bisexual aging: Resources, recognition, and representation. In S. Westwood (Ed.), Ageing, diversity, and inequality (pp. 131-146). Routledge.

Jen, S. (2018). Sexuality of midlife and older women: A review of theory use. Journal of Women & Aging, 30(3), 204-226.

Jen, S. (2017). Older women and sexuality: Narratives of gender, age, and living environment. Journal of Women & Aging, 29(1), 87-97.

Kim, H. Jen, S. & Fredriksen-Goldsen, K. I. (2017). Race/ethnicity and health-related quality of life among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender older adults. The Gerontologist, 57(supp. 1), S30-S39.

Fredriksen-Goldsen, K. I., Bryan, A. B., Jen, S. Goldsen, J. & Kim, H. (2017). The unfolding of LGBT lives: Key events associated with health and well-being in later life. The Gerontologist, 57(supp. 1), S15-S29.

Goldsen, J. Bryan, A. B., Muraco, A. Kim, H. Jen, S. & Fredriksen-Goldsen, K. I. (2017). Who says I do: The changing context of marriage and health and quality of life for LGBT midlife and older adults. The Gerontologist, 57(supp. 1), S50-S62.

Fredriksen-Goldsen, K. I., Jen, S. Bryan, A. & Goldsen, J. (2016). Cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease, and other dementias in the lives of LGBT older adults and their caregivers: Needs and competencies. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 37(5), 545-569.

Kim, H. Acey, K. Guess, A. Jen, S. & Fredriksen-Goldsen, K. I. (2016). GRIOT circle and Caring and Aging with Pride: Promoting health and wellness of LGBT older adults of color. Generations, 40(2), 49-55.

Christ, G. & Jen, S. (2016). Chronic illness and aging: Cancer as a chronic life threatening condition. Council on Social Work Education, Gero-Ed Center.

Rizzo, V. & Jen, S. (2016). Chronic illness and aging: Osteoarthritis - A chronic incapacitating disease. Council on Social Work Education, Gero-Ed Center.

Christ, G. Diwan, S. & Jen, S. (2016). Chronic illness and aging: The role of social work in managing chronic illness care. Council on Social Work Education, Gero-Ed Center.

Almgren, G. Diwan, S. & Jen, S. (2016). Typology of chronic illness and impact on the family. Council on Social Work Education, Gero-Ed Center.

Fredriksen-Goldsen, K. I., Kim, H. Goldsen, J. Jen, S. & Shiu, C. A. (2015). National health, aging, and sexuality study newsletter. Seattle, WA: National Health, Aging, and Sexuality Study.

Jen, S. (2015). Forming a better understanding of older women's sexuality: Recognizing living environment as a relevant factor.

Jen, S. (2015). A 25-year old's journey into gerontology. Aging Today.

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