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Jurgis Karuza Jr.

Jurgis Karuza

(716) 878-6215
Campus Address:
Classroom Building C301

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

Peer Reviewer for Mental Health Research Education Grants, National Institute of Mental Health, 2003

Board Member, and Member of the Research Network Steering Committee, American Medical Directors Association Foundation, 2003-2005

Peer Reviewer Geriatric Education Centers and Geriatric Academic

Leadership Award, BHPr, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2002

Consultant and Trainer, Performance Outcome Evaluation, NY State Office for the Aging, 1997-present

Consultant Bureau of Health Professions, Department of Health and Human Services, 1996-1999.

Delegate, New York State Governor's Conference on Aging, 1995.

Selected Peer-reviewed Publications

Gunther, J., Taylor, M., Karuza, J, & Calkins, E. (2003).  Physical therapist-based group exercise/education program to Improve functional health in older health maintenance organization members with arthritis. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy.

Leo, R. J., Sherry, C., DiMartino, S., & Karuza, J.  (2002).  Psychiatric consultation In the nursing home: Referral patterns and recognition of depression. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 53, 783-787.

Ossip-Klein, D.J., Karuza, J., Tweet, A., Howard, J., Obermiller-Powers, M., Howard, L., Katz, P., Griffen Reother, S., & Swift, M. (2002).  Benchmarking implementation of a computerized system for long-term care. American Journal of Medical Quality, 17, 94-102.

Nalette, E., Dauenhauer, J.A., Frankel, R, Karuza, J., & Katz, P.R. (2002).  Challenges associated with providing physical therapy for elderly people: Implications for graduate education. Journal of Physical Therapy Education, 16, 20-26.

Medina Walpole, A, Barker, W, Katz, P, Karuza, J, & Hall, W. (2002). Survey of fellowship trained geriatricians. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 50, 949-955.

Naughton BJ, Mylotte JM, Ramadan F, Karuza J, Priore RL. (2001).  Antibiotic use, hospital admissions, and mortality before and  after implementing guidelines for nursing home-acquired pneumonia. Journal of the American Geriatric Society, 49, 1020-1024.

Barrick, C, Karuza, J., & Levitt, J. (1999).  Case Study: Impacting Quality: Assessment of a hospital based geriatric acute care unit. American Journal of Medical Quality, 14, 133-137.

Yee, J., Leo, R., Karuza, J., & Calkins, C.  (1998).  Pain relief produced by sphenopalatine ganglion block in a heterogeneous population of chronic pain patients. American Journal of Pain Management, 8, 44-48.

Karuza, J., Katz, P. R., & Henderson, R. (1997).  Cognitive screening.  In E. Andreson & J., Rothenburg, B. &  Zimmer (Eds). Health status assessment among older adults. NY: Springer.

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.

Barrick, C., Karuza, J., & Dundon, M. (1996).  Older adults, reimbursement and referrals: Implications for psychologists after Medicare reimbursement changes and before health care reform. Professional Psychology: Research, and Practice, 26, 598-601.

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.

Calkins, E., Katz, L. A., Karuza, J., & Wagner, A. (1995).  The small group consensus process for changing physician practices: Influenza vaccination. HMO Practice, 9, 106-110.

Katz, P. R., Karuza, J., & Counsell, S. (1995).  Academics and the nursing home.  Clinics in Geriatric Medicine, 11, 503-516.

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.

Counsell, S., Katz, P. R., Karuza, J., & Sullivan, G. (1994).  Survey of Internal and Family Medicine Residencies Nursing Home Experiences. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 42, 1193-1199.

Majeroni, B. A., Karuza, J., Wade, C., McCreadie, M., & Calkins, E.  (1993).  Physician and patient gender and preventive care for  community-based older adults. Journal of the American Board of Family Practice, 6, 359-365.

Mylotte, J. M. Karuza, J., & Bentley, D. W. (1992).  Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus:  A questionnaire survey of 75 long-term care facilities in Western New York. Journal of Infection Control/Hospital Epidemiology, 13, 711-718.

Chang, J., Karuza, J., Katz, P. R., & Klingensmith, K. (1992). Patient outcomes in hospital based respite: A study of potential risks  and benefits. Journal of the Am Board of Fam Practice, 5, 475-482.

Karuza, J., Miller, W. A., Lieberman, D., Ledenyi, L., & Thines, T. (1992). Oral status and resident well-being in a skilled nursing facility population. Gerontologist, 32,  104-112.

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., Miller, W. A., Thines, T., & Cantos, A. (1988).  Psychosocial antecedents and consequences of periodontal disease: A new agenda. Gerodontology, 7, 117-120.

Feather, J., Karuza, J., MacKeller, M. & Calkins, E. (1988).  Interdisciplinary faculty training in geriatrics and gerontology. Gerontology and Geriatric Education, 8 (3/4), 165-179.

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

Summer Research Program faculty member


Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activities

Professional Positions

  • 2000-2013  Chair, Department of Psychology, State University College at Buffalo
  • 1997- Director of Evaluation and Research, Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center
  • 1995 - Research Professor, Division of Geriatrics/Gerontology, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, SUNY at Buffalo
  • 1992 - Visiting Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine and Dentistry,  University of Rochester, 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

Research Support

University of Rochester Geropsychology Education  Fellowship, Health Resources Services Administration, D. King, Program  Director  J. Karuza, Evaluator and Faculty.  Support $600,000, 9/2003-8/2006.

University of Rochester Interdisciplinary Geriatric Fellowship, Health Resources Services Administration, P. Katz, Program Director,  J. Karuza, Evaluator and Faculty.  Support $1.25 million, 7/2003-6/2007.

Long Term Care Quality Improvement Partnership. Agency for Health Care Research and Quality.  D. Polakoff, Principal Investigator, J.  Karuza, Consultant.  Support $1 million, 1/2003-12/2006.

Mental Health Issues in Applied Experimental Life Span Developmental Psychology. (1R25MH61443-01). National Institute for Mental  Health, J. Karuza, Principal Investigator, Support $270,000, 4/2000-3/2002. Renewed 6/2002-5/2007, Support $650,000.

AoA Performance Outcomes Measurement Project 2002-03. J. Rosenbaum, Principal Investigator, J. Karuza, Investigator.  Support  $67,000, 10/2001-9/2003. Renewed 10/2004-9/2005.

A Randomized Controlled Trial of Consumer Directed Care for People with Chronic Illnesses, Health Care Finance Administration  (95- C-9046712-02).  G. Eggert, Principal Investigator. J. Karuza, Evaluator, Chair Quality Improvement Committee.  Support $17.5  million, 6/1998-6/2003.

Grants for Geriatric Education Centers (1 D31 AH70094-01).  P. R. Katz, Project Director.  Bureau of Health Professions.  J. Karuza,   Evaluator.  Support $765, 176, 9/1997-8/2000. Renewed 6/2000-5/2005.

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