MICHAEL  CASERTA
  • Professor, College Of Nursing
  • Adjunct Professor, Health-Kinesiology-Recreation
  • Robert L. & Joyce T. Rice Presidential Endowed Chair in Healthy Aging
801-581-3572

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
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Bereavement
  • Research and Quantitative Methods
  • Gerontology
  • Caregiving
  • Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
  • Aging and Health Promotion

Presentations

  • Caserta, M., Utz, R., Donaldson, G., Lund, D., Supiano, K., & Latimer, S. (2016). Bereaved cancer caregivers’ preparedness for spouse/partner loss. Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA. Poster, Presented, 11/2016.
  • Utz, R., Caserta, M., Donaldson, G., Lund, D., & Supiano, K. (2016). Supporting widowed persons: Testing an individually-tailored bereavement intervention base on the dual process model. Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA. Poster, Presented, 11/2016.
  • Utz, R., Caserta, M., Miller, L., Supiano, K., & Lund, D. (2017 – Accepted). A targeted and tailored bereavement intervention for cancer caregivers. International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, San Francisco, CA . Poster, Accepted, 08/2016.
  • Reblin, M., Utz, R., Donaldson, G., Caserta, M., Lund, D., Ellington, L. & Mooney, K. (2016). Support characteristics predict spouses’ loneliness across 1 year of bereavement. International Association for Relationship Research Conference, Toronto, Canada. Poster, Presented, 08/2016.
  • Reblin, M., Ellington, L., Clayton, M.F., Caserta, M., Lund, D. & Mooney, K. (2016). Emotional expression in home hospice cancer care: Implications for caregiver bereavement. Poster presented to the American Society of Clinical Oncology Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium, San Francisco, CA . Poster, Presented, 06/2016.
  • Polei, G., Caserta, M., Supiano, K., & Roberts, S. (2016). Goals of care: Recommendations for how to improve end-of-life care and quality of life among patients with heart failure. Annual meeting of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Long Beach, CA. Poster, Presented, 02/2016.
  • “Beyond Support Groups,” (with K. Doka), Hospice Foundation of America Webinar Series, Washington, DC. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/12/2015.
  • Llanque, S., Caserta, M., Savage, L., Dingley, C., Lund, D., Landry, C., Cloyes, K., & Turner Groins, R. (2014). A systematic review of the literature of family caregiving for American Indian/Alaska Native elders. Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Washington, DC. Poster, Presented, 11/2014.
  • Mugiraneza, F., Dassel, K., Supiano, K., & Caserta, M. (2014). Assessing Alzheimer’s Disease awareness among racial and ethnic population groups in Salt Lake City. Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Washington, DC. Poster, Presented, 11/2014.
  • Llanque, S., Turner Groins, R., Caserta, M., Savage, L., Dingley, C., Landry, C., & Cloyes, K. (2014). Older American Indian and Alaskan natives and chronic diseases: A review of the literature. Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Washington, DC. Poster, Presented, 11/2014.
  • Wright, K., Pepper, G., Caserta, M. Wong, B., Brunker, C., Morris, D., Hazelett, S., Kropp, D., & Allen, K. (2014). Age, physical activity, and quality of life in dually enrolled Medicare-Medicaid older adults. Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Philadelphia, PA . Poster, Presented, 04/2014.
  • Reblin, M., Ellington, L., Mooney, K., Caserta, M. & Lund, D. (2014). Relationship quality as a risk factor for caregivers of home hospice cancer patients. Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Philadelphia, PA . Poster, Presented, 04/2014.
  • Llanque, S. M., Savage, L. M., Rosenburg, N. S., & Caserta, M. S. (2014). Concept analysis: Alzheimer’s caregiver stress. Annual Meeting of the Western Institute of Nursing, Seattle, WA. Poster, Presented, 04/2014.
  • Caserta, M., Utz, R., & Lund, D. (2013). Providing and receiving help in bereavement support group meetings. Annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA. Poster, Presented, 11/2013.
  • Mooney, K., Berry, P., Caserta, M., & Ellington, L., Clayton, M., Lund, D., & Utz, R. (2013). Partners in Hospice Care: A program project grant supporting family caregivers during hospice care through bereavement. Annual assembly of the American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, New Orleans, LA. Panel, Presented, 03/2013.
  • Wright, K., Caserta, M., Allen, K., Hazelett, S., Jarjoura, D., Kropp, D., Hua, K., & Pfister, E. (2011). Overcoming special challenges to adhering to health behaviors: A case study from AD-LIFE. Annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Boston, MA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/2011.
  • Utz, R. Bearnson, K., Caserta, M., Lund, D., & de Vries, B. (2011). Feeling lonely vs. being alone: Social support and loneliness among recently bereaved. Annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Boston, MA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/2011.
  • Beck, S., Wong, B., Guo, J., Honea, N., Towsley, G., Thomas, T., Ellington, L., Caserta, M., & Smith, J. (2011). Tailored, targeted, and timely symptom management for older men with prostate cancer. Annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Boston, MA. Poster, Presented, 11/2011.
  • Caserta, M., Lund, D., & Utz, R. (2011). Partners in Hospice Care: Individualized dual process intervention for bereaved partners after cancer death - Model and methods. Science of Compassion: Future Directions in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, National Institute of Nursing Research, Bethesda, MD. Poster, Presented, 08/2011.
  • Mooney, K., Caserta, M., Ellington, L., Lund, D., Berry, P., Clayton, M., Donaldson, G., & Utz, R. (2011). Partners in Hospice Care: A program project grant exploring and supporting family caregiving during hospice end-of-life through bereavement. Science of Compassion: Future Directions in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, National Institute of Nursing Research, Bethesda, MD. Poster, Presented, 08/2011.
  • Berry, P., Mooney, K., Ellington, L., & Caserta, M. (2011). Partners in Hospice Care: Partnering with Hospice Programs in research – Successes and lessons learned. Science of Compassion: Future Directions in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, National Institute of Nursing Research, Bethesda, MD. Poster, Presented, 08/2011.
  • Keynote Address: “Aging Well – A Reachable Goal,” Utah Association of Educational Office Professionals, Salt Lake City, UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2011.
  • Utz, R., Caserta, M., Bearnson, K. L., Lund, D., & de Vries, B. (2010). For whom can grief be modified? An evaluation of the “Living after Loss” intervention. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 2010.
  • Caserta, M., Utz, R., Bearnson, K. L., Lund, D., & de Vries, B. (2010). Coping processes among recently bereaved spouses/partners in two group-based study conditions. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 2010.
  • Beck, S., Caserta, M., Ellington, L., Wong, B., Guo, J., & Hornea, N. (2010). The symptom experience in older men with prostate cancer receiving radiation therapy. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA. Poster, Presented, 2010.
  • Baraki, K. & Caserta M. (2010). Restructuring Clinical Education: The Active Engagement Model. Western Institute of Nursing Research Conference, Tempe, AZ. Poster, Presented, 2010.
  • Wright, K., Ellington, L., Clayton, M., Berry, P., & Caserta, M. (2010). Pre-death dual process coping in hospice nurse-caregiver communication? A case study. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA. Poster, Presented, 2010.
  • Beck, S., Honea, N., Caserta, M., & Guo J.W. (2010). Experience with the Randomized Preference Design: Tailoring Learning Preferences for Men with Prostate Cancer. American Psychosocial Oncology Society 7th National Conference, New Orleans. Poster, Presented, 2010.
  • Zimmer, Z., Chen, F., Caserta, M., & Wright, S. (2010). Social support and depressive symptoms among older adults in Taiwan: A longitudinal study. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA. Poster, Presented, 2010.
  • de Vries, B., Lund, D., Caserta, M. & Utz, R. (2009) Social Support in early widowhood. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Atlanta, GA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 2009.
  • Beck, S., Smith, J., Ellington, L., Wong, B., Honea, M., Caserta, M., Lindau, K., & Guo, J. W. (2009) Gear Up!: Implementing a Targeted and Tailored Intervention Trial. Western Institute of Nursing Regional Research Conference, Salt Lake City, UT . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 2009.
  • Lund, D., Caserta, M., Utz, R., & de Vries, B. (2009). Early bereavement adjustments of widow(er)s in culturally unique cities: Salt Lake City & San Francisco. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, San Diego, CA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 2009.
  • Utz, R., Lund, D, Caserta, M., & deVries, B. (2009). Perceived self-competency among bereaved spouses. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 2009.
  • Utz. R., Jasti, S., Caserta, M., Lund, D., & de Vries, B. (2009). Health and health behaviors of older bereaved spouses. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Atlanta, GA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 2009.
  • “A Program of Research in Spousal/Partner Loss in Mid and Later Life,” College of Nursing Seminar Series, University of Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 2009.
  • Utz, R., Jasti, S., Caserta, M., Lund, D., & de Vries, B. (2009). The illness of grief. Presentation at annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, Philadelphia, PA. Poster, Presented, 2009.
  • Caserta, M., Lund, D., Utz, R. & de Vries, B. (2008). Participants‘ experiences in a dual process model (DPM) intervention for bereaved spouses/partners. Paper presented as part of a symposium, “Testing the dual process model of bereavement: The benefits of restoration-oriented coping for older bereaved persons,” at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, National Harbor, MD. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/2008.

Languages

  • English, fluent.

Publications

  • Caserta, M. S., Lund, D. A., Utz, R. L., & Tabler, J. L. (2016). “One size doesn’t fit all” –Partners in Hospice Care, an individualized approach to bereavement intervention. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying. 73)2), 107-125.. Published, 06/2016.
  • Caserta, M., Lund, D. & Utz, R. (2016). Inventory of Daily Widowed Life (IDWL). In R. Neimeyer (Ed.), Techniques in Grief Therapy: Assessment and Application (pp. 65 – 70). Philadelphia, PA: Routledge. Published, 02/2016.
  • Tabler, J., Utz, R. L., Ellington, L., Reblin, M., Caserta, M., Clayton, M., & Lund, D. (2015). Missed opportunity: Hospice and the family. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care 11 (3/4), 224-243. Published, 12/2015.
  • Wright, K. D., Pepper, G., Caserta, M., Wong. B., Brunker, C., Morris, D. L., Burant, C. J.,Hazelett, S., & Kropp, D. (2015). Factors that influence physical function and emotional well-being among Medicare-Medicaid enrollees. Geriatric Nursing, 36, S16-S20. Published, 05/2015.
  • Reblin, M., Donaldson, G., Ellington, L., Mooney, K., Caserta, M. & Lund, D. (in press). Spouse cancer caregivers at entry to home hospice: The role of relationship quality. Journal of Personal and Social Relationships.. Accepted, 04/27/2015.
  • Llanque, S.M., Enriquez, M., Cheng, A. L., Doty, L., Kelly, P.J., Brotto, M., Niedens, M., Caserta, M. S., & Savage, L. (In press). The Family Series Workshop: A community-based psychoeducational intervention. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias. [Online ahead of print: 1/20/15].. In press, 01/20/2015.
  • Lund, D. A., Utz, R., Caserta, M. S., Wright, S. D., Llanque, S. M., Lindfelt, C., Shon, H.,Whitlatch, C. J., & Montoro-Rodriguez, J. (2014). Time for Living and Caring: An intervention to make respite more effective for caregivers. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 79(2), 157-178. Published, 12/2014.
  • Llanque, S.M., Savage, L.M., Rosenburg, N.S., & Caserta, M.S. (In press). Concept analysis: Alzheimer’s caregiver stress. Nursing Forum. [Online ahead of print: 5/1/14]. Published, 05/2014.
  • Caserta, M., Utz, R., Lund, D., Bearnson, K. L., & de Vries, B. (2014). Coping processes among the bereaved spouses. Death Studies, (38), 145-155. Published, 04/2014.
  • de Vries, B., Utz, R., Caserta, M., & Lund, D. (2014). Friend and family contact and support in early widowhood. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 69(1), 75-84. Published, 01/2014.
  • Utz, R. L., Swenson, K. L., Caserta, M., Lund, D., & de Vries, B. (2014). Feeling lonely vs.being alone: Loneliness and social support among recently bereaved spouses. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 69(1), 85-94.. Published, 01/2014.
  • Caserta, M., Utz, R., & Lund. D. (2013). Spousal bereavement following cancer death. Illness, Crisis & Loss, 21(3), 185-202.. Published, 11/2013.
  • Utz, R. L., Caserta, M., & Lund, D. (2013). An evaluation of the Living After Loss Intervention –Part 1: Do bereavement-related outcomes vary by the content of support groups? Grief Matters: The Australian Journal of Grief & Bereavement, 16(2), 32-35. Published, 10/2013.
  • Utz, R. L., Lund, D, & Caserta, M. (2013). An evaluation of the Living After Loss Intervention –Part 2: Do bereavement-related outcomes vary by the dynamics of support groups Grief Matters: The Australian Journal of Grief & Bereavement, (16(2), 36-40. Published, 10/2013.
  • Caserta, M. Guest Editor, Special Issue - Transitions over the Life Course and Healthy Aging. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 74(3.. Published, 08/2012.
  • Caserta, M. (2012). Challenges, transitions and healthy aging: Introduction to the special issue. International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Special Issue – Transitions over the Life Course and Healthy Aging), 74(3), 189-191. Published, 08/2012.
  • Utz, R. L., Caserta, M. & Lund, D. 2012). Grief, depressive symptoms, and physical health among recently bereaved spouses. The Gerontologist, 52(4), 460-471. Published, 07/2012.
  • Utz, R. L., Lund, D. A., Caserta, M. S., & Wright S. (2012). The benefits of respite time-use: A comparison of employed and non-employed caregivers. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 31(3), 438-461. . Published, 05/2012.
  • Utz, R. L., Lund, D. A., Caserta, M. S. & de Vries, B. (2011). Perceived self-competency among the recently bereaved. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care, 7(2/3), 173-194. Published, 09/2011.
  • Caserta, M., Utz, R., Lund, D., & de Vries, B. (2010) Sampling, recruitment, and retention in a bereavement intervention study: Experiences from the Living After Loss project. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 61(3) 183-205. Published, 2010.
  • Lund, D., Caserta, M., Utz, R., & de Vries, B. (2010). A tale of two counties: Bereavement in socio-demographically diverse places. Illness, Crisis, and Loss, 18(4), 299-319. Published, 2010.
  • Lund, D., Caserta, M. Utz, R., & de Vries, B. (2010). Experiences and early coping of bereaved spouses/partners in an intervention based on the Dual Process Model (DPM). Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 61(4), 293-315. Published, 2010.
  • Lund, D. A., Utz, R., Caserta, M. S., & Wright, S. D. (2009). Examining what caregivers do with respite time to make respite more effective. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 28, 109-131. Published, 2009.
  • Caserta, M., Lund, D., Utz, R., & de Vries, B. (2009). Stress-related growth among the recently bereaved. Aging & Mental Health, 13, 463-476. Published, 2009.
  • Beck, S. L., Towsley, G. L., Caserta, M. S., Lindau, K., & Dudley, W. N. (2009). Symptom experience and quality of life of rural and urban older adult cancer survivors. Cancer Nursing: An International Journal for Cancer Care, 32, 359-369. Published, 2009.
  • Lund, D. A., Utz, R., Caserta, M. S., & de Vries, B. (2008). Humor, laughter, and happiness in the daily lives of recently bereaved spouses. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 58, 87-105. Published, 2008.