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 LGBTQ communities.
- 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.
- 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.
Jen, S. (2019). Ambivalence in labels, freedom in lives: Older women's discursive constructions of their bisexual identities. Journal of Bisexuality, 19(3), 386-413.
Jen, S. & Jones, R. (2019). Bisexual lives and aging in context: A cross-national comparison of the United Kingdom and United States. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 89(1), 22-38. DOI:10.1177/0091415019843661
Jen, S. (2018). Sexuality of midlife and older women: A review of theory use. Journal of Women & Aging, 30(3), 204-226.
Selected Awards & Honors
Warren G. Magnuson Health Sciences Scholar
University of Washington
2017 - 2018
Hartford Center of Excellence, Healthy Generations
2014 - 2015