A Foundation of Strengths. A Vision of Justice. A Mission of Change.

Sarah Jen

Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Twente Hall
Room 307


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.

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

Jen, S. (2019). Ambivalence in labels, freedom in lives: Older women’s discursive constructions of their bisexual identities [Journal Articles]. 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 [Journal Articles]. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 89(1), 22–38. https://doi.org/10.1177/0091415019843661
Jen, S. (2018). Sexuality of midlife and older women: A review of theory use [Journal Articles]. Journal of Women & Aging, 30(3), 204–226.

Selected Presentations

Selected Grants

Selected Awards & Honors

Warren G. Magnuson Health Sciences Scholar
University of Washington
2017 - 2018
Hartford Scholar
Hartford Center of Excellence, Healthy Generations
2014 - 2015

Social Welfare Events