Jurgis Karuza

Jurgis Karuza Jr., Ph.D.

Professor Buckham Hall A265
Office: (716) 878-6215
Email: karuzaj@buffalostate.edu

Dr. Karuza is a developmental and social psychologist, specializing in aging and related mental health issues. He is coordinator for the interdisciplinary minor in Aging. He received his PhD and MA in social psychology from Wayne State University, and a BA from Northwestern University.

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

Member of Editorial Board Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (JAMDA) 2020-

State Society in Aging of New York  (Executive Committee 2015-19, Chair Membership Committee, 1989-91; Secretary, 1991-93, Program Chair, 1993, President, 1994-95, Past President, 1995-96)

Walter M. Beattie Jr. Award, October 2009

Peer Reviewer for RR&D Merit Review Award, Department of Veterans Affairs 2014-

Peer Reviewer and Chair of Review Committee for Elder Mistreatment Developmental Research National Institute on Aging, 2007

Mental Health Research Education Grants, National Institute of Mental Health, 2003, 2004, 2006

Peer Reviewer for Geriatric Education Centers Program, Bureau of Health Professions, Department of Health and Human Services, 2002

Selected Peer-reviewed Publications

Manheim C, Haverhals L, Gilman C, Karuza J, Olsan T, Edwards S, Levy C, Gillespie S. (2021). VA Home Based Primary Care Teams: Partnering with and Acting as Caregivers for Veterans. Home Health Care Serv Q. 2021 Jan-Mar;40(1):1-15. doi: 10.1080/01621424.2020.1869634. Epub 2021 Jan 7. PMID: 33411588.

Gillespie SM, Li J, Karuza J, Levy C, Dang S, Olsan T, Kinosian B, Intrator O. (2021).  Factors Associated With Hospitalization by Veterans in Home Based Primary Care. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2021 Jan 29:S1525-8610(20)31100-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2020.12.033. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33524340.

Katz PR, Ryskina K, Saliba D, Costa A, Jung HY, Wagner LM, Unruh MA, Smith BJ, Moser A, Spetz J, Feldman S, Karuza J. (2020). Medical Care Delivery in US Nursing Homes: Current and Future Practice. Gerontologist. 2020 Sep 22:gnaa141. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnaa141. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32959048.

Temkin-Greener H, Szydlowski J, Intrator O, Olsan T, Karuza J, Cai X, Gao S,Gillespie SM. (2020).  Perceived Effectiveness of Home-Based Primary Care Teams in Veterans Health Administration. Gerontologist. 2020 Apr 2;60(3):494-502. doi:10.1093/geront/gny174. PMID: 30657887.

Wagner LM, Katz P, Karuza J, Kwong C, Sharp L, Spetz J. (2020).  Medical Staffing Organization and Quality of Care Outcomes in Post-Acute Care Settings. Gerontologist. 2020 Nov 4:gnaa173. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnaa173. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33146724.

Dharmakulaseelan L, Berall A, Santiago AT, Gardner S, Aleong R, Edelstein B, Karuza J, Blake C, Crawford S, Naglie G. (2020).  Using Standardized Tools to Characterize Adult Day Program Populations: Implications for Future Research and Clinical Practice. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2020 Oct 17:S1525-8610(20)30744-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2020.08.038. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 3082097.

­­­­Intrator O, Li J, Gillespie SM, Levy C, Davis D, Edes T, Kinosian B, Karuza J. (2020).  Benchmarking Site of Death and Hospice Use: A Case Study of Veterans Cared by Department of Veterans Affairs Home-based Primary Care. Med Care. 2020 Sep;58(9):805-814. doi:  0.1097/MLR.0000000000001361. PMID: 32826746.

Wagner LM, Katz P, Karuza J, Sharp L, Seet A, Kwong C, Spetz J. (2019). Director of Nursing Perceptions of Physicians' Roles in US Nursing Homes. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2019 Nov;20(11):1471-1473. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2019.05.006. Epub 2019 Jul 1. PMID: 1272855.

Dang S, Olsan T, Karuza J, Cai X, Gao S, Intrator O, Li J, Gillespie SM. (2019).  Telehealth in Home-Based Primary Care: Factors and Challenges Associated With Integration Into Veteran Care. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 Sep;67(9):1928-1933. doi: 10.1111/jgs.16045. Epub 2019 Jul 25. MID: 31343732.

Haverhals LM, Manheim C, Gilman C, Karuza J, Olsan T, Edwards ST, Levy CR, Gillespie SM. (2019).  Dedicated to the Mission: Strategies US Department of Veterans Affairs Home-Based Primary Care Teams Apply to Keep Veterans at Home. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 ec;67(12):2511-2518. doi: 10.1111/jgs.16171. Epub 2019 Oct 8. PMID: 31593296.

Gillespie SM, Manheim C, Gilman C, Karuza J, Olsan TH, Edwards ST, Levy CR, Haverhals L. (2019).  Interdisciplinary Team Perspectives on Mental Health Care in VA Home-Based Primary Care: A Qualitative Study. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2019 Feb;27(2):128-137. doi: 10.1016/j.jagp.2018.10.006. Epub 2018 Nov 2. PMID: 30424995.

Gurau AJ, Berall A, Karuza J, Perri GA. (2018).  Primary Thromboprophylaxis in Individuals without Cancer Admitted to a Geriatric Palliative Care Unit. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2018 Feb;66(2):346-349. doi: 10.1111/jgs.15197. Epub 2017 Nov 16. PMID: 29144543.

Perri GA, Yeung H, Green Y, Bezant A, Lee C, Berall A, Karuza J, Khosravani  H. (2018).  A Survey of Knowledge and Attitudes of Nurses About Pain Management in End-Stage Liver Disease in a Geriatric Palliative Care Unit. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2018 Jan;35(1):92-99. doi: 10.1177/1049909116684765. Epub 2016 Dec 21. PMID: 28256899.

Fisher E, Hasselberg M, Conwell Y, Weiss L, Padrón NA, Tiernan E, Karuza J, Donath J, Pagán JA. (2017).  Telementoring Primary Care Clinicians to Improve Geriatric Mental Health Care. Popul Health Manag. 2017 Oct;20(5):342-347. doi: 10.1089/pop.2016.0087. Epub 2017 Jan 20. PMID: 28106511.

Nazir A, Smalbrugge M, Moser A, Karuza J, Crecelius C, Hertogh C, Feldman S, Katz PR. (2017).  The Prevalence of Burnout Among Nursing Home Physicians: An International Perspective. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2018 Jan;19(1):86-88. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2017.10.019. PMID: 29275938.

Lo AT, Karuza J, Berall A, Perri GA. (2017).  Prevalence of Dementia in a Geriatric Palliative Care Unit. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2018 May;35(5):799-803. doi: 10.1177/1049909117737300. Epub 2017 Oct 19. PMID: 29050492.

Karuza J, Gillespie SM, Olsan T, Cai X, Dang S, Intrator O, Li J, Gao S, Kinosian B, Edes T. (2017).  National Structural Survey of Veterans Affairs Home-Based Primary Care Programs. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Dec;65(12):2697-2701. doi: 10.1111/jgs.15126. Epub 2017 Sep 27. PMID: 28960236.

Leung G, Katz PR, Karuza J, Arling GW, Chan A, Berall A, Fallah S, Binns MA, Naglie G. (2016).  Slow Stream Rehabilitation: A New Model of Post-Acute Care. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2016 Mar 1;17(3):238-43. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2015.10.016. Epub 2015 Dec 2. PMID: 26654839.

Senderovich H, Ip ML, Berall A, Karuza J, Gordon M, Binns M, Wignarajah S, Grossman D, Dunal L. (2016).  Therapeutic Touch(®) in a geriatric Palliative Care Unit - A retrospective review. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2016 Aug;24:134-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2016.06.002. Epub 2016 Jun 21. PMID: 27502814.

Feldman K, Berall A, Karuza J, Senderovich H, Perri GA, Grossman D.  (2016).  Knowledge translation: An interprofessional approach to integrating a pain consult team within an acute care unit. J Interprof Care. 2016 Nov;30(6):816-818. doi: 10.1080/13561820.2016.1195342. Epub 2016 Jun 24. PMID: 27341407.

Perri GA, Bunn S, Oh YJ, Kassam A, Berall A, Karuza J, Khosravani H.  (2016).  Attributes and outcomes of end stage liver disease as compared with other noncancer patients admitted to a geriatric palliative care unit. Ann Palliat Med. 2016 Apr;5(2):76-82. doi: 10.21037/apm.2016.03.07. PMID: 27121735.

Gillespie, S., Olsan, T., Leibel, D., Cai, X, Stewart, R., Katz, PR, Karuza, J. (2016).  Pioneering a Nursing Home Quality Improvement Learning Collaborative: A Case Study of Method and Lessons Learned.  Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 17(2):136-41.

Dougherty, PE, Karuza, J, Savino, D, & Katz, P. (2014).  Evaluation of a Modified Clinical Prediction Rule for use with Spinal Manipulative Therapy in Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies,18;22(1):41.

Dougherty, P, Karuza, J., Dunn, A., Savino, D. Katz, P, (2014).  Spinal Manipulative Therapy for Chronic Lower Back Pain in Older Veterans: A prospective randomized placebo controlled trial. Geriatric Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation, 5(4):154-64.

Katz PR, Karuza J, Lima J, Intrator O. (2011).  Nursing home medical staff organization: correlates with quality indicators. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 2011 Nov;12(9):655-9. Epub 2010 Oct 8.

Katz, PR, Karuza, J, Intrator, I., Zinn, J., Mor, V., Caprio, T., Caprio, A., Dauenhauer, J.  & Lima, J. (2009).  Medical Staff Organization in Nursing Homes: Scale Development and Validation. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 10(7):498-504.

Weiss, A., Costa, P. T. Jr., Karuza, J., Duberstein, P. R., Friedman, B., McCrae, R. R. (2005). Cross-sectional Age Differences in Personality Among Medicare Recipients Aged 65 to 100. Psychology and Aging, 20(1),182-5.

Katz, P. R., Karuza, J., Kolassa, J., & Hutson, A.  (1997).  Medical practice with nursing home residents: Results from the National Physician Professional Activities Census.  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 45, 911-917.

Karuza, J., Calkins, E., Feather, J., Hershey, C. O., Katz, L., & Majeroni, B. (1995).  Enhancing physician adoption of practice guidelines: Dissemination of influenza vaccination guideline using a small group consensus process.  Archives of Internal Medicine, 155, 625-632.

Vogler, J., Karuza J., & Miller W. A.  (1994).  Oral surgeon reported incidence of complications related to simple extractions in adults.  Special Care in Dentistry, 14, 92-95.

Karuza, J., & Katz, P. R.  (1994).  Physician staffing patterns correlates of nursing home care: An initial inquiry and consideration of policy implications.  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 42, 787-793.

Katz, P. R., Karuza, J. & Hall, N. (1992). Residency education in the nursing home: A national survey of internal medicine and family practice programs. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 7, 52-56.

Karuza, J., Zevon, M. A., Gleason, T., Karuza, C., & Nash, L. (1990). Models of helping and coping, responsibility attributions and well being in community elderly and their helpers. Psychology and Aging. 5, 194-208.

Karuza, J., Calkins, E., Duffey, J., & Feather, J. (1988).  Networking in aging: A challenge, model and evaluation. Gerontologist, 28, 147-155.

Karuza, J., Jr., & Carey, T. O. (1984).  Relative preference and adaptiveness of behavioral blame for observers of rape victims. Journal of Personality. 52, 49-60.

Brickman, P., Rabinowitz, V. C., Karuza, J., Jr., Coates, D., Cohn, E., & Kidder, L. (1982).  Models of helping and coping.  American Psychologist, 37, 368-384.

Courses Usually Taught

  • PSY311 Personality
  • PSY327 Adult Development and Aging
  • PSY471 History and Systems

Research Interests

  • Models of Helping and Coping
  • Geriatric health care research, including physician practice patterns, long-term care, quality of life and patient empowerment, and Program Evaluation


  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activities

Professional Positions

  • 2019-  Research WOC (Without Compensation) Research Health Scientist, Canandaigua VAMC

  • 2015-  Project Co-Director Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center funded by Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program, Health Resources and Services Administration, University of Rochester Medical Center

  • 2000-2012  Chair, Department of Psychology, State University College at Buffalo

  • 1992-  Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics and Aging School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Rochester Medical Center, Monroe Community Hospital

  • 1990-  Professor, Department of Psychology, State University College at Buffalo


  • Ph.D., Social Psychology, Wayne State University, 1979
  • M.A., Social Psychology, Wayne State University, 1977
  • Specialist Certificate in Psychology of Aging, University of Michigan/Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology, 1977
  • B.A., Psychology and Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1973

Selected Recent Research Support

  • Geriatric Work Force Enhancement.  Health Resources Services Administration.  T. Caprio Project Director, J. Karuza, Co Project Director. (U1Q28738-04-00)  Project Period 7/2019-6/2024. 
  • FLC-Primary Care Training and Enhancement. Health Resources and Services Administration.  C. Fogarty, Project Director, J. Karuza, Evaluator Project period 7/2015-6/2020.
  • University of California San Francisco Health Workforce Research Center on Long Term Care.  J Spetz, L Wagner, C Kwong, L Sharp, P Katz, J Karuza.  Project Period 2018-2020.
  • Based Primary Care. VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Services (IIR 12-152).  Principle Investigator S. Gillespie, I. Karuza, Investigator. Project period 9/2014 – 4/2019.