Richard K Morycz, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, and Social Work

Contact Details

3811 O'Hara St.

Education & Training

Gerontology, University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work
, Univeristy of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration
Social Work, West Virginia University
Medical Ethics, University of Pittsburgh
Gerontology, Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California
Gerontology, University of Southern California

Specialty Certifications

Board Certification
Academy of Certified Social Workers
National Association of Social Workers (Qualified Clinical Social Worker)

Current Appointments

Program Director, Geriatric In-Home Support Program

Professional Affiliations

Member, Gerontological Society of America
Member, National Association of Social Workers

Selected Honors & Awards

Resource, White House Conference on Aging
Faculty Recognition, Association of Gerontology in Higher Education

Research Interests

Family caregiver burden; Psychotherapy in late life
Selected Research Publications & Products
  1. Desire-To-Institutionalize Scale utilized for research projects both nationally (NIA-funded REACH I and REACH II Research Projects) and internationally. National Institute of Health website (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=morycz's+scale) as well as in publications - for example, Sun F1, Durkin DW, Hilgeman MM, Harris G, Gaugler JE, Wardian J, Allen RS, Burgio LD. Predicting desire for institutional placement among racially diverse dementia family caregivers: the role of quality of care. Gerontologist. 2013 Jun;53(3):418-29. doi: 10.1093/geront/gns110. Also, significant article published about reliability of scale used across various racial and ethnic groups - Gina M. McCaskill, MSW, MPA, Louis D. Burgio, PhD, Jamie DeCoster, PhD, and Lucinda Lee Roff, PhD. The Use of Moryczs Desire-to-Institutionalize Scale Across Three Racial/Ethnic Groups. Journal of Aging and Health23(1) 195202, 2011.
  2. Morycz RK. Caregiving strain and the desire to institutionalize family members with Alzheimer's disease. Research on Aging, 7(3):329-36l, 1985.

Clinical Interests

Family caregiver burden; Medical ethics and palliative care; Healthy aging
Selected Clinical Publications & Products
  1. Morycz RK, Malloy JE, and Bozich MA. Racial differences in family burden: Clinical implications for social work. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 10:133-154, 1987.
  2. Morycz RK. An exploration of senile dementia and family burden. Clinical Social Work Journal, 8:16-17, 1980

Education Interests

Gerontology; Medical ethics; Psycho-social issues in the elderly
Selected Education Publications & Products
  1. Miller, M and Morycz, RK. Preparing for the Rise in Alzheimers Disease Cases: A Proposal for Training Support Personnel Commentary J Gerontol Geriatr Res 2015, 4: 195 doi: 10.4172/2167-7182.1000195. Mark D Miller and Richard K Morycz. Published January 27, 2015