Karen Fingerman

Faculty Research AssociatePh.D., University of Michigan

Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences
Karen Fingerman



Karen L. Fingerman is a Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences at UT Austin. She studies adult development and old age. She has conducted research and published numerous scholarly articles on positive and negative emotions in relationships. Her work has examined parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren, friends, acquaintances, and peripheral social ties. The National Institute on Aging funded her work on problematic social ties across the lifespan and currently funds her research on middle-aged adults, their grown children and aging parents. The Brookdale Foundation and the MacArthur Transitions to Adulthood group also have funded her research. She received the Springer Award for Early Career Achievement in Research on Adult Development and Aging from Division 20 of the American Psychological Association in 1998 and the Margret Baltes Award for Early Career Achievement in Behavioral and Social Gerontology from the Gerontological Society of America in 1999.

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