Kristin Litzelman

kristen_litzelmanExtension Specialist for Family and Financial Well-being in Middle And Later Life


  • B.A. | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Ph.D. | Population Health Sciences | University of Wisconsin-Madison

Position Priorities

  • Serve as a resource for county and state colleagues on issues related to aging
  • Maximize educators’ capacity to meet the needs of their communities by conducting, translating, and disseminating research and facilitating state and local partnerships
  • Collaborate with colleagues on projects that enhance family and community well-being in aging


  • Family/informal caregiving
  • Impact of aging and health issues on families
  • Stress and quality of life

Highlights of Current Extension Work

  • Creating Aging-Friendly Communities Workgroup
  • UWEX Aging Well in Wisconsin Google+ Group: a resource for educators about issues in aging

Research and Applied Interests

Dr. Litzelman’s research broadly focuses on family caregiving and the impact of illness on families. She is interested in how caregivers are impacted by their role and how caregiver well-being impacts care recipients and other family members. In particular, she is interested in stress and quality of life, and figuring out ways that we can improve outcomes for these families. As part of this work, she is also interested in socio-economic disparities and health-care related financial burden. The main goal of her work is to find ways to help individuals and families. Her core topical areas are family wellbeing and caregiving, but she also has broad knowledge of health-related issues (including financial issues and the physiological impacts of stress).

Previous Professional Experience

Before joining UW-Madison and UW-Extension, Dr. Litzelman was a Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute.

Contact Kristin at:
4115 Nancy Nicholas Hall
1300 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608-262-3314