Karen Fingerman

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Karen Fingerman



Karen Fingerman is a Professor of Human Development & Family Sciences at UT Austin. She studies adult development and aging. She has published numerous scholarly articles on positive and negative emotions and social support among families and friends in late life and the implications of these socioemotional factors for health and well-being.

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) funded her work for over 15 years and currently funds her Family Exchanges Study, a longitudinal study involving middle-aged adults, their romantic partners, grown children and aging parents. She is also currently conducting the NIA-funded Daily Experiences in Late Life study looking at older adults social relationships and physical and cognitive health in a daily context. Her work has been funded by the Brookdale Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation Network on Transitions to Adulthood and the MacArthur Foundation Network on an Aging Society. Her research has drawn on survey methods, observational studies, experimental paradigms, daily diary, and salivary hormone data collection techniques.

The Adult Family Project focuses on adults’ relationships with their parents, spouses, grown children, romantic partners, friends, and other social partners. We look at how relationships with family members, friends, and acquaintances change from young adulthood to old age. Research is conducted in the Human Development and Family Sciences Department in affiliation with the Department of Psychology and the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin.


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.