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FINGERMAN, KAREN L

Karen L Fingerman

Professor
Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, Department of Psychology


I am accepting new doctoral students in 2019

kfingerman@austin.utexas.edu

Phone: 512-471-0618

Office Location
SEA 2.326

B.A., Harvard/Radcliffe College (1987)
M.A., University of Michigan (1990)
Ph.D., University of Michigan (1993)
Postdoctoral Fellow School of Medicine Stanford University (1993-1994)

Research Interests

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 140 papers and chapters regarding parents and children, in-law ties, romantic partners, grandparents and grandchildren, friends, and peripheral social ties. The National Institute on Aging funded her work on problematic social ties across the lifespan and The Family Exchanges Study, a longitudinal study involving middle-aged adults, their romantic partners, grown children and aging parents. The National Institute of Aging currently funds her Daily Experiences and Well-being Study, examining older adults' social relationships, and daily emotional, cognitive and physical activity using ecologically valid methodologies including EMA surveys, actical measurements of physical activity and Electronically Activated Recorders (EAR). The Brookdale Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation Network on Transitions to Adulthood and the MacArthur Foundation Network on an Aging Society also have funded her work.

Select Publications

*graduate student or postdoctoral fellow

 

Birditt, K. S., Manalel, J.*, Sommers, H.*, Luong, G., & Fingerman K. L. (in press). Better off alone: Daily solitude and implications for well-being vary by social network. The Gerontologist.

Griffin, E. M.*, & Fingerman, K. L. (in press). Online dating profile contact of older adults seeking same and cross-sex relationships. Journal of GLBT Family Studies.

Fingerman, K. L., Huo, M.*, Graham, J. L.*, Kim, K., & Birditt, K. S. (in press). A family affair: Family typologies of life problems and midlife well-being. The Gerontologist. doi:10.1093/geront/gnx131

Birditt, K. S., Polenick, C. A.*, Van Bolt, O.*, Kim, K., Zarit, S. H., & Fingerman, K. L. (in press). Conflict strategies in the parent-adult child tie: Generation differences and implications for well-being. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbx057

Huo, M.*, Graham, J. L.*, Kim, K., Zarit, S. H., & Fingerman, K. L. (in press). Aging parents’ disabilities and daily support exchanges with adult children. The Gerontologist.

Huo, M.*, Graham, J. L.*, Kim, K., Birditt, K. S., & Fingerman, K. L. (in press). Aging parents’ daily support exchanges with adult children suffering problems. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences.

Polenick, C. A.*, DePasquale, N.*, Eggebeen, D. J., Zarit, S. H., & Fingerman, K. L. (in press). Relationship quality between older fathers and middle-aged children: Associations with both parties’ subjective well-being. The Journal of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbw094

Bangerter, L. R.*, Yin, L.*, Kim, K., Zarit, S. H., Birditt, K. S., & Fingerman, K. L. (2018). Everyday support to aging parents: Links to middle-aged children’s diurnal cortisol and daily mood. The Gerontologist, 58, 654–662. doi:10.1093/geront/gnw207

Heid, A. R., Kim, K., Zarit, S. H., Birditt, K. S., & Fingerman, K. L. (2018).    Relationship tensions and mood: Adult children’s daily experience of aging parents’ stubbornness. Personal Relationships, 25, 87-102. doi: 10.1111/pere.12229

Huo, M.*, Kim, K., Zarit, S. H., & Fingerman, K. L. (2018). Support grandparents give to their adult grandchildren. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences, 73, 1006-1015. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbw208

Jensen, A. C., Whiteman, S. D., & Fingerman, K. L. (2018). “Can’t live with or without them”: Transitions and young adults’ sibling relationships. Journal of Family Psychology, 32, 385–395. doi:10.1037/fam0000361

Seidel, A. J., Yorgason, J., Polenick, C. A.*, Zarit, S. H., & Fingerman, K. L. (2018). Are you sleeping? Dyadic associations of support, stress, and worries regarding adult children on sleep. The Gerontologist, 58, 341-352. doi:10.1093/geront/gnw149

Davis, E. M.*, Kim, K., & Fingerman, K. L. (2018). Is an empty nest best? Coresidence with adult children and parental marital quality before and after the Great Recession. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences, 73, 372-381. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbw022

Forman, M., Mangini, L. E., Dong, Y-Q, Hernandez, L. M., & Fingerman K. L. (2018). Food insecurity and hunger: Quiet public health problems on campus.   

Bangerter, L. R.*, Polenick, C. A.*, Zarit, S. H., & Fingerman, K. L. (2018). Life problems and perceptions of giving support: Implications for aging mothers and middle-aged children. Journal of Family Issues, 39, 917-934. doi:10.1177/0192513X16683987

Hartnett, C. S., Fingerman, K. L., & Birditt, K. S. (2018). Without the ties that bind: Young adults who lack active parental relationships. Advances in Life Course Research, 35, 103-113.

Suitor, J. J., Gilligan, M., Pillemer, K., Fingerman, K. L., Kim, K., Silverstein, M., & Bengtson, V. L. (2018). Applying within-family differences approaches to enhance understanding of the complexity of intergenerational relations. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Social Sciences. 73, 40-53. doi: 10.193/geronb/gbx037

Fingerman, K. L., Huo, M., Kim, K., & Birditt, K. S. (2017). Coresident and noncoresident young adults’ daily experiences with parents. Emerging Adulthood, 5, 337–350. doi:10.1177/2167696816676583

Jensen, A. C., Whiteman, S. D., Rand, J. S., & Fingerman, K. L. (2017). You’re just like your dad: Intergenerational patterns of differential treatment of siblings. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Social Sciences, 72, 1073–1083. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbw033 PMCID: PMC5927158

Birditt, K. S., Manalel, J. A., Kim, K., Zarit, S. H., & Fingerman, K. L. (2017). Daily interactions with aging parents and adult children: Associations with negative affect and diurnal cortisol. Journal of Family Psychology, 31, 699–709. doi:10.1037/fam0000317 PMCID: PMC5608619

Fingerman, K. L. (2017). Millennials and their parents: Implications of the new young adulthood for midlife adults. Innovations in Aging 1 (3), 1-16. doi:10.1093/geroni/igx

Heid, A. R.*, Zarit, S. H., & Fingerman, K. L. (2017). Adult children’s responses to parent “stubbornness.” The Gerontologist, 57, 419-440. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbu177

Polenick, C. A.*, Seidel, A. J., Birditt, K. S., Fingerman, K. L., & Zarit, S. H. (2017). Filial obligation and marital satisfaction in middle-aged couples. The Gerontologist, 57, 417-428. doi:10.1093/geront/gnv138

Kim, K., Bangerter, L. R.,* Liu, Y.*, Polenick, C. A.*, Zarit, S. H., & Fingerman, K. L. (2017). Middle-aged offspring’s support to aging parents with emerging disability. The Gerontologist, 57, 441-450. doi:10.1093/geront/gnv686

Polenick, C. A.*, Zarit, S. H., Birditt, K. S., Bangerter, L. R.*, Seidel, A. J., & Fingerman, K. L. (2017). Intergenerational support and marital satisfaction: Implications of beliefs about helping aging parents. Journal of Marriage and Family, 79, 131–146. doi:10.1111/jomf.12334 PMCID: PMC5279897

Fingerman, K. L., Cheng, Y.-P.*, Kim, K.*, Fung, H. H., Han, G., Lang, F. R., Lee, W.*, & Wagner, J. (2016). Parental involvement with college students in Germany, Hong Kong, Korea, and the United States. Journal of Family Issues, 37, 1384-1411.

Kim, K.*, Fingerman, K. L., Birditt, K. S., & Zarit, S. H. (2016). Capturing between- and within-family differences in parental support to adult children: A typology approach. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences, 71, 1034–1045. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbv029 PMCID: PMC5067944

Fingerman, K. L., Kim, K. *, Tennant, P. S.*, Birditt, K. S., & Zarit, S. H. (2016). Intergenerational support in a daily context. The Gerontologist, 56, 896-908. doi:10.1093/geront/gnv035 PMCID: PMC5019045

Davis, E. M.*, & Fingerman, K. L. (2016). Digital dating: Online profile content of older and younger adults. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 71, 959-967. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbv042

Fingerman, K. L., Kim, K., Birditt, K. S., & Zarit, S. H. (2016). The ties that bind: Middle-aged parents’ daily experiences with grown children. Journal of Marriage and Family, 78, 431–450. doi:10.1111/jomf.12273 PMCID: PMC4807606

Lee, J. E., Zarit, S. H., Rovine, M. J., Birditt, K. S., & Fingerman, K. L. (2016). The interdependence of relationships with adult children and spouses. Family Relations, 65, 342-353.  doi:10.1111/fare.12188

Fingerman, K. L. (2016). The ascension of parent-offspring ties. The Psychologist, 29, 114-117.

Heid, A.*, Zarit, S. H., & Fingerman, K. L. (2016). My parent is so stubborn: Perceptions of aging parents’ insistence, persistence, and resistence. The Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 71, 602-612. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbu177 PMCID: PMC4903030

Birditt, K. S., Kim, K.*, Zarit, S. H., Fingerman, K. L., & Loving, T. J. (2016). Daily interactions in the parent-adult child tie: Links between children’s problems and parents’ diurnal cortisol rhythms. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 63, 208–216. doi:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2015.09.027 PMCID: PMC4768756

Bangerter, L. R.*, Zarit, S. H., & Fingerman, K. L. (2016). Moderator effects of mothers’ problems on middle-aged offspring’s depressive symptoms in late life. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences, 71, 41-48. doi:10.1093/geront/gnt210 PMCID: PMC4592331

Fingerman, K. L., Sechrist, J., & Birditt, K. S. (2013). Changing views on intergenerational ties. Gerontology, 59, 64-70. doi: 10.1159/000342211. PMCID: – Journal in Process.

Fingerman, K. L., Cheng, Y. P., Birditt, K. S., & Zarit, S. (2012). Only as happy as the least happy child: Multiple grown children’s problems and successes and middle-aged parents’ well-being. The Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 67, 184-193. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbr086 PMCID 3410695. PMCID: 3410695

Fingerman, K. L., Cheng, Y. P., Wesselmann, E. D., Zarit, S., Furstenberg, F., & Birditt, K. S. (2012). Helicopter parents and landing pad kids: Intense parental support of grown children. Journal of Marriage and Family, 74, 880-896. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2012.00987.x PMCID: Journal in Process

Fingerman, K. L., Gilligan, M., VanderDrift, L., & Pitzer, L. M. (2012). In-law relationships before and after marriage: Husbands, wives, and their mothers-in-law. Research on Human Development, 9, 106-125. PMCID: 3686301

Fingerman, K. L., Pitzer, L. M., Chan, W., Birditt, K. S., Franks, M. M., & Zarit, S. (2011). Who gets what and why: Help middle-aged adults provide to parents and grown children. The Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 66B, 87-98. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbq009 PMCID: 3031309

Fingerman, K. L. & Charles, S. T. (2010). It takes two to tango: Why older people have the best relationships. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19, 172-176. doi: 10.1177/0963721410370297

  • 2012 Elected Fellow, American Psychological Association
  • 2010-2011 Academic Leadership Program, Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC),
  • Purdue University Fellow
  • 2008-2011 Berner Hanley Professor in Gerontology, Purdue University
  • 2006 Star Gerontologist Award, Center on Aging and the Life Course, Purdue University
  • 2003-2008 Berner Hanley University Scholar, Purdue University
  • 2005 Harshman Visiting Lecturer, Guelph, Canada
  • 2005 Elected Fellow, American Psychological Society
  • 2002 Elected Fellow, Gerontological Society of America
  • 2000-2002 Brookdale National Fellow, Brookdale Foundation
  • 1999 Margret Baltes Award for Early Career Achievement in Social and Behavioral Gerontology, Gerontological Society of America
  • 1998 Springer Award for Early Career Achievement in Research on Adult Development and Aging, American Psychological Association
  • 1997 Schreyer Institute Award for Innovative Teaching, Pennsylvania State University
  • 1988-1991 National Science Foundation Fellowship for Graduate Study
  • 1989 Barbara Oleshansky Research Prize, University of Michigan
  • 1987-1988 Rotary Scholar, Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1987 Harvard University Undergraduate Commencement Speaker