Victoria M. Rizzo

Department Chair and Associate Professor

Dr. Victoria Rizzo (Associate Professor of Social Work) currently serves as the Interim Department Chair. She has used her extensive social work practice in health care experience to develop and implement health and social services research in the area of chronic illness and aging. Dr. Rizzo has received funding from various foundations and agencies, including the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Arthritis Foundation (New York Chapter), the UJA-Federation of New York, the Jewish Association Serving the Aging (JASA) Board of Trustees, and the Garfield Foundation of Kaiser Permanente Health Care Systems to examine the impact of social work interventions on older adults coping with chronic illnesses, elder abuse, and the demands of informal caregiving. Currently, Dr. Rizzo is partnering with JASA, the largest social service agency for elders in New York City to conduct research focused on the provision of professional social work services to older adults participating in JASA sponsored programs. She is also the principal investigator for the research component of ART CART: Saving the Legacy, a nine-month interdisciplinary, intergenerational service learning program that pairs graduate students with older artists in New York City and Washington D.C. to help the artists document their artwork. In a 2012 issue of the Journal of Social Work Education, Dr. Rizzo was identified as a top-rated social work journal co-author associated with a connected network of often cited social work scholars. Dr. Rizzo received her M.S.W. and Ph.D. from the University at Albany, SUNY.

Educational Background

Ph.D., School of Social Welfare, University at Albany

M.S.W, School of Social Welfare, University at Albany

B.A., English/Secondary Education, The College of Saint Rose

Current Research Interests

  • Efficacy and cost-effectiveness of social work interventions in chronic illness and aging
  • University/community agencies research partnerships to promote and sustain evidence-based practice
  • The implications of health policy and health care financing for social work practice in aging

Most Recent Publications

Burnes, D., Rizzo, V., & Courtney, E. (in press). Elder Abuse and Neglect Risk Alleviation in Protective Services. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Rowe, J. & Rizzo, V.(2013).The Contribution of Social Work Practice Skills in a Care Management Process. Journal of Gerontological Social Work. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/01634372.2013.817497

Rizzo, V., Burnes, D. & Chalfy, A. (2013). A Systematic Evaluation of a Multi-disciplinary Social Work-Lawyer Elder Mistreatment Intervention Model. Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/08946566.2013.792104

Rizzo, V. & Kintner, E. (2013). Understanding the impact of racial self-identification on perceptions of health related quality of life: A multi-group analysis. Quality of Life Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11136-013-0349- 1

Rizzo, V., Gomes, A., & Chalfy, A. (2013). Using an aging services agency/university partnership to study informal caregiver respite programs. Ageing International. 38(1), 71-81. doi: 10.1007/s12126-012-9172-1

Rizzo, V. & Kintner, E. (2013). The utility of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) in testing quality of life theory: An evaluation using structural equation modeling. Quality of Life Research, 22 (5), 987 – 995.

Rizzo, V., Engelhardt, J., Tobin, D., Della Penna, R., Feigenbaum, P.,Sisselman, A., Nicholson, J., Niemeyer, B., Albert, E. & Lombardo, F. (2010). Use of the stages of change transtheoretical model in end-of-life planning conversations. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 13, 267-271. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2009.0281

Engelhardt, J., Rizzo, V., Della Penna, R., Feigenbaum, P., Kirkland, K., Nicholson, J., O'Keefe-Rossetti, M., Venohr, I., Reger, P., & Tobin, D. Effectiveness of advancing illness care coordination and health counseling. (2009). American Journal of Managed Care, 15(11), 817-825.

Rizzo, V. & Bronstein, L. (2008). The implications of social work practice cost outcomes for American health policy (editorial). Social Work in Public Health, 23, 1 – 5. doi: 10.1080/ 19371910802059510

Mizrahi, T. & Rizzo, V. (2008). The role of social workers in addressing the psychosocial problems of patients in New York City's neighborhood health centers. Social Work in Public Health, 23, 99 – 125. doi:10.1080/19371910802059668

Chair and associate professor Victoria Rizzo

Office: (607) 777-9179
Office Location: Downtown Center, Room 213
Fax: (607) 777-5683
Curriculum Vitae

Last Updated: 7/24/14