Center on Aging and Population Sciences

Karen Fingerman

Ph.D., University of Michigan


Karen Fingerman is Professor of Human Development & Family Sciences at UT Austin. She studies adult development and aging and is currently the Director of the Texas Longevity Center at UT Austin. She also oversees the Graduate Portfolio in Aging & Health. Dr. Fingerman's research focuses on social and emotional processes across adulthood, health and well-being. Dr. Fingerman has conducted research and published over 160 papers and chapters regarding parents and children, in-law ties, romantic


Diversity and Inclusion Emphasis

My research, teaching, and service reflect my deep commitment to fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment at UT. Through my research and advocacy, I have worked to fight inequities in  late life. Stigma against old age and ageism are rampant in America. As the Director of the Texas Aging & Longevity Center, I work with over 100 community partners involved in supporting disabled, low-income and marginalized older adult populations. At a national level, I serve on the Committee on Aging for the American Psychological Association (involving over 100,000 members) and have contributed to the #equityflattensthecurve Covid-19 initiative. Further, I am deeply committed to fostering inclusivity for students. I try to foster an inclusive and equitable class experience. My teaching addresses aging in racial, ethnic and sexual minority groups, as well as considering how education and opportunities contribute to experiences of aging. In recognition for these efforts, I received a Faculty Teaching Award from the Diversity and Inclusion committee of the CNS student council in 2019. 


PSY 394U • Adult Development & Aging

42910 • Spring 2015
Meets T 1:00PM-4:00PM SEA 1.438

Seminars in Cognitive or Perceptual Systems. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.