Victoria M. Rizzo

Department Chair
Associate Professor

Dr. Victoria Rizzo (Associate Professor of Social Work) currently serves as Department Chair. She earned her MSW and PhD from the University at Albany. Dr. Rizzo 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. 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. Currently, she is collaborating with colleagues from Rush University Medical Center's 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 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
  • University/community agency research partnerships to promote and sustain evidence-based practice
  • Implications of health policy and health care financing for social work practice in aging

Recent Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Burnes, D., Rizzo, V., & Courtney, E. (2014). Elder abuse and neglect risk alleviation in protective services. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0886260513516387

Rowe, J., & Rizzo, V. (2013). The contribution of social work practice skills in a care management process. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 56(7), 623-639. 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: 0.1007/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.

Book Chapter

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
Phone:  607-777-9179
Fax:       607-777-5683
Curriculum Vitae

Last Updated: 8/17/14