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Karen S. Harlow-Rosentraub

Research Associate Professor

Associate Professor
Karen Harlow-Rosentraub specializes in evaluation research and aging policy. She directs the national, multi-site evaluation efforts for the Legacy Corps for Health and Independent Living, a national demonstration for the Corporation for National and Community Service. Her work focuses on developing evidence-based policy recommendations for best practices in using Baby Boomer and older volunteers to address health challenges and sustainable, community problem-solving projects. She works throughout the United States and Europe to shape policy initiatives supporting active engagement and lifelong learning for older citizens.

Research Interests/Focus

Program evaluation, aging policy, community based needs assessment for national and community service, lifelong learning, older citizens

Contact Information

(734) 763-0001rosenk@umich.edu2356 SNBUniversity of Michigan
School of Nursing Division I
400 North Ingalls
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 615-46603753 SSWBUniversity of Michigan
School of Social Work
1080 S. University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Year Degree   School
1981 PhD Urban Studies University of Texas, Arlington
1971 MA Sociology Texas A & M University, College Station, TX
1969 BA Sociology and Psychology Texas A & M University, College Station, TX

Marvicsin, D. J., Eagle, M. J., Munro, M. L., Harlow-Rosentraub, K., & Pohl, J. M. (2015). Lessons learned from examining after-hours call pattersns. The Journal of Nurse Practitioners, 11(6),

Jenkins, K. R., Fakhoury, N., Marzec, M. L., & Harlow-Rosentraub, K. (2014). Perceptions of a culture of health: Implications for communication and programming. Health Promotion Practice. Sage Journals.

Harlow-Rosentraub, K., Swindell, D., & Wilson, L. (2011). Multigenerational approaches to civic engagement: Findings from a panel study. Journal of Intergenerational Research, 9(2), 146-160.

Harlow-Rosentraub, K., Wilson, L., & Swindell, D. (2011). Community attachment, social capital and older volunteers: Building multigenerational bridges through voluntary action. International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 1(14), 24-28.

Wilson, L., & Harlow-Rosentraub, K. (2008). Providing new opportunities for civic engagement and volunteerism: chaos theory redefined. In R. Hudson (Ed.), Boomer Bust: Economic and Political Dynamics of the Graying Society, 2. Praeger Publishers.

Wilson, L., Harlow-Rosentraub, K., Manning, T., & Carroccio, J. (2008). Preparing for the baby boomers: Lifelong learning in active adult communities. Senior Housing and Care Journal, 16(2), 15-30.

Frumer, J., Harlow-Rosentraub, K., Wilson, L., & Steele, J. (2008). T’zorchei zibur: Baby boomers as social capital committed to building community. Journal on Jewish Aging, 2(2).

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