Carson De Fries

Carson De Fries

PhD Student


aging and gerontology, civic and community engagement, evidence-based practice/implementation science, public policy, research methods

Professional Biography

Carson De Fries (she/hers) has a BA in Psychology with a Minor in Music from the University of Kansas, and an MSW with a Concentration in Aging Services and Policy from the University of Denver. As an MSW student, De Fries interned with Congresswoman Diana DeGette’s District Office and the Administration on Aging within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where she gained a deep appreciation and understanding for the impact social workers can have in policy work. After receiving her MSW, De Fries worked as the Intergenerational Program Coordinator at the University of Denver’s Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging where she conducted community-based research on the impacts of intergenerational programs on issues like ageism and social isolation across the age spectrum. Her research interests include social isolation among older adults, intergenerational relationships within families, informal caregiving, and disaster preparedness and recovery policies for older adults.



  • MSW, University of Denver