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Charles Emlet, Ph.D.

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Social Work
Case Western Reserve University
California State University, Fresno


Charles A. Emlet, Ph.D., MSW, ACSW, is Professor Emeritus of Social Work, and joined the University of Washington Tacoma Social Work faculty in 1999. Previously he held social work positions in direct practice and administration with Solano County Health and Social Services in California. He is Adjunct Professor with the University of Washington School of Social Work, and Affiliate faculty with the UW Center for AIDS Research and the Healthy Generations, Hartford Center of Excellence. He was a Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar from 2001-2003 and twice a John A. Hartford National Research Mentor. He received his Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio and his MSW from California State University, Fresno. He is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. Dr. Emlet is co-author of In Home Assessment of Older Adults: An Interdisciplinary Approach, 2nd edition, and HIV/AIDS and Older Adults: Challenges for Individuals, Families and Communities. He has published more than 80 journal articles and book chapters and serves on the editorial boards of The Gerontologist and the Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services. He is a member of the Association of Gerontological Education in Social Work (AGE-SW) and the National Association of Social Workers and is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. His current areas of research include older persons living with HIV/AIDS and LGBT aging. He is currently a co-investigator on the National Health, Aging, Sexuality and Gender Study as well as the Innovations in Dementia Empowerment and Action study. In 2004 he received the University of Washington, Tacoma's Distinguished Research Award and in 2013 was a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair and Fulbright Scholar at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario, Canada. Dr. Emlet was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare in 2020.

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Emlet, C. A., Fredriksen-Goldsen, K. I. , Kim, H-J., Jung, H. (2019). Accounting for HIV health disparities: Risk and protective factors among older gay and bisexual men. Journal of Aging and Health. DOI: 10.1177/0898264319848570

Emlet, C. A., O’Brien, K., Fredriksen-Goldsen, K.I. (2019). The Global impact of HIV on sexual and gender minority older adults: Challenges, progress and future directions. International Journal of Aging and Human Development. DOI: 10.1177/0091415019843456

Emlet, C. A., Harris, L., (2018). Giving back is receiving: The role of generativity in successful aging among HIV-positive older adults. Journal of Aging and Health. On-line first.