Michael Caserta PhD

Curriculum Vitae

  • Professor, College Of Nursing
  • Adjunct Professor, Health-Kinesiology-Recreation
  • Robert L. & Joyce T. Rice Presidential Endowed Chair in Healthy Aging


Research Statement

Dr. Caserta has published widely in the areas of spousal bereavement, family caregiving, and health promotion and self-care. His recent work has focused on ways to improve the self-care practices and daily living skills of older widows and widowers.  Dr. Caserta was the principal investigator on a  5-year study (funded by the National Institute on Aging) that tested a bereavement intervention based on Stroebe and Schut’s (1999) dual process coping model.  More recently, he has served as a project leader on a P01 project funded by the National Cancer Institute that addresses ways to enhance end-of-life and bereavement outcomes for cancer caregivers in hospice settings. This project provides an individually tailored intervention approach centered on bereavement support and education related to self-care and daily living challenges posing the most difficulty in the daily lives of the bereaved caregivers.

Research Keywords

  • Healthy Aging, Interest Level: 5
  • Health and Well-Being, Interest Level: 5
  • Bereavement, Interest Level: 5
  • Research and Quantitative Methods, Interest Level: 3
  • Gerontology, Interest Level: 3
  • Caregiving, Interest Level: 3
  • Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia, Interest Level: 3
  • Aging and Health Promotion, Interest Level: 3