Victoria M. Rizzo

Department Chair
Associate Professor

Dr. Victoria M. Rizzo currently serves as Chair of the Binghamton University Department of Social Work and as Co-Director of the Geriatric and Gerontological Social Work program. She received her MSW and her PhD from the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY).

Dr. Rizzo has used her extensive social work practice in health care experience to develop and implement health and social services research in the areas of chronic illness and aging. She 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. From 2007 to 2014, Dr. Rizzo partnered 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. As a result of this work, Dr. Rizzo was an invited participant for the Civil Legal Aid Research Workshop co-sponsored by the United States Department of Justice National Institute of Justice, the Access to Justice Initiative and the National Science Foundation in May 2015.

Currently, with funding from the Commonwealth Fund, Dr. Rizzo is collaborating with Dr. Suk-Young Kang and with colleagues from the Rush University Medical Center Health and Aging Center and the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater to examine the impact of the Ambulatory Integration of the Medical and Social (AIMS) intervention on health care utilization and outcomes, as well as on patient satisfaction with health care service delivery.

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. 

Educational Background

  • PhD, Social Welfare, School of Social Welfare,
    University at Albany, SUNY
  • MSW, School of Social Welfare,
    University at Albany, SUNY
  • BA, English and Secondary Education,
    College of Saint Rose

Current Research Interests

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

Recent Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Rizzo, V., Rowe, J., Shier Kricke, G., Krajci, K., & Golden, R. (in press). AIMS: A care coordination model to improve patient health outcomes. Health & Social Work.

Rizzo, V., Burnes, D., & Chalfy, A. (2015). A systematic evaluation of a multi-disciplinary social work-lawyer elder mistreatment intervention model. Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 27(1), 1-18. doi:10.1080/08946566.2013.792104

Burnes, D., Rizzo, V., Gorroochum, P., Pollack, M., & Lachs, M. (2014). Understanding service utilization in cases of elder abuse to inform best practices. Journal of Applied Gerontology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0733464814563609

Rizzo, V., & Rowe, J. (2014). Studies of the cost-effectiveness of social work services in aging: An updated review of the literature. Research on Social Work Practice. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/1049731514563578

Burnes, D., Rizzo, V., & Courtney, E. (2014). Elder abuse and neglect risk alleviation in protective services. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 29(11), 2091-2113. doi:10.1177/0886260513516387

Rowe, J., & Rizzo, V. (2013). The contribution of practice skills in a care management process for family caregivers. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 56(7), 623-639. doi:10.1080/01634372.2013.817497

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, (22)8, 2105-2112. 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. doi:10.1007/s11136-012-0228-1

Book Chapters

Rizzo, V., Gomes, A., & Chalfy, A. (2012). Using an aging services agency/university partnership to study informal caregiver respite programs. In A. Mui & N. Morrow-Howell, (Eds.), Productive aging in China: Toward evidence-based practices. Beijing, China: Peking University Press. (In Mandarin).

Victoria M. Rizzo

Office:  University Downtown Center 
              Room 315
E-mail:  vrizzo@binghamton.edu
Phone:  607-777-9179
Fax:       607-777-5683
Curriculum Vitae (.pdf, 207kb)

Last Updated: 7/18/15