Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York


AMY HOROWITZ, professor

Amy Horowitz is a professor and holds the Nicholas J. Langenfeld Chair in Social Research at Fordham University's Graduate School of Social Service.  She received her Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University in 1974 and her Ph.D. in 1982 from the Columbia University School of Social Work.  Before joining the Fordham faculty in 2010, Dr. Horowitz was director of the Research Institute on Aging of Jewish Home Lifecare and held the Anna A. Greenwall Chair in the Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine (2006-2010).  Previously, Dr. Horowitz was at Lighthouse International as senior vice president for research and evaluation, and director of the Arlene R. Gordon Research Institute (1984-2006).

Dr. Horowitz has been the principal investigator on numerous research grants addressing aging issues, specifically on family relationships in later life, aging and disability, and the consequences of age-related sensory loss for everyday competence and mental health; and has published widely on topics relating family caregiving for the disabled elderly, adaptation to disability, and the interrelationships among late-life disability, depression and rehabilitation.  Dr. Horowitz has been the principal investigator of three recent NIH-funded research studies: Control Strategies and Mental Health in Impaired Elders (NIMH), Driving Transitions and Mental Health in Disabled Elders (NIA), and Tr
eating Subthreshold Depression in Older Adults in Community-Based Rehabilitation (NIMH).

Dr. Horowitz serves on the editorial boards of The Gerontologist and The Journal of Gerontological Social Work and reviews manuscripts for numerous other journals.  She has also been a member of the NIH Scientific Review Committee on Mental Disorders and Aging, and currently serves as a frequent invited reviewer on various NIH panels.  Dr. Horowitz is a past president of the State Society on Aging of New York, a past chair of the Research Committee of the American Society on Aging, and a fellow and past chair of the Social Research, Practice and Policy Section of the Gerontological Society of America.  Currently, Dr. Horowitz is the director of research development of the Hartford Foundation Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar Initiative and serves on its National Advisory Board. 

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Adaptation to disability in later life; Depression and mental health interventions; Family caregiving to disabled older adults; Geriatric rehabilitation; Age-related sensory loss


Ph.D.          Columbia University School of Social Work (1982)
M.S.W.       Fordham  University Graduate School of Social Service (1974)
B.A.            Boston University (1971)


Program Evaluation (Doctoral Program)

Observational Research (Doctoral Program)

Program and Proposal Development (Master's Program)

Brennan, M., Horowitz, A., Reinhardt, J.P., Stuen, C., Rubio, R., & Oestreicher, N. (2011). The societal impact of age-related macular degeneration: Use of social support resources differs by the severity of the impairment. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 105, 5-19.

Schilling, O., Wahl, H-W., Horowitz, A., Reinhardt, J.P., & Boerner, K. (2011). The adaptation dynamics of chronic functional impairment: What vision loss in old age can tell us. Psychology and Aging. 26, 203-213.

Boerner, K., Brennan, M., Horowitz, A., & Reinhardt, J. P. (2010). Tackling disability in old age: An application of the life-span theory of control to narrative data. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 65B(1):22-31.

Reinhardt, J.P., Boerner, K., & Horowitz, A. (2009). Personal and social resources and adaptation to chronic visual impairment over time. Aging and Mental Health. 13, 367-375.

Gellis, Z., McGinty, J., Horowitz, A., Bruce, M., Misener, E. (2007). Problem-Solving therapy for late-life depression in home care: A randomized field trial. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 15, 968-978.

Horowitz, A., Reinhardt J.P., & Raykov T. (2007). Development and validation of a short form adaptation to age–related vision loss scale: The AVL12. Journal of VisualImpairment and Blindness, 101, 146-159.

Horowitz A, Reinhardt JP. (2006). Adequacy of the mental health system to meet the needs of adults who are visually Impairment. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 100, 871-873.

Brennan, M., Su, Y., & Horowitz, A. (2006). Longitudinal associations between dual sensory impairment and everyday competence among older adults. Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development, 43, 777-792.

Horowitz, A., Brennan, M., Reinhardt, J.P., & MacMillan, T. (2006). The impact of assistive device use on disability and depression among older adults with age-related vision impairments. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 65, 274-280.

Reinhardt, J.P., Boerner, K., & Horowitz, A. (2006). Good to have but not to use: differential impact of perceived and received support on well-being. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. 23, 117-129.

Boerner, K., Reinhardt, J. P., & Horowitz, A. (2006). The effect of rehabilitation use on coping patterns over time among older adults with age-related vision loss. Clinical Rehabilitation. [scheduled to appear in Vol. 20(5), 2006].

Horowitz, A., Reinhardt, J.P., & Boerner, K. (2005). The effect of rehabilitation on depression among disabled elders. Aging and Mental Health, 9 (6):563-570.

Horowitz, A., Brennan, M., & Reinhardt, J. P. (2005). Prevalence and risk factors for self-reported vision impairment among middle-age and older adults. Research in Aging.27 (3):307-346.

Horowitz, A., Reinhardt, J.P., & Kennedy, G. (2005). Major and subthreshold depression among older adults seeking vision rehabilitation services. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 13 (3):180-187.

Brennan, M., Horowitz, A., & Su, Y. (2005). Dual sensory loss among older Americans: Prevalence and impact on activities of daily living. The Gerontologist. 45 (3):337-346.

Boerner, K., Schulz, R., & Horowitz, A. (2004). Positive aspects of caregiving and adaptation to bereavement. Psychology and Aging. 19,(4): 668-675.

Boerner, K., Reinhardt, J.P., Raykov, T., & Horowitz, A. (2004). Stability and change in social negativity in later life: Reducing received while maintaining initiated negativity. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 59 (4), S230-S237.

Brennan, M., Horowitz, A., & Reinhardt, J. P. (2004). Understanding older Americans’ attitudes, knowledge, and fears about vision loss and aging. Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation, 3 (3), 17-38.

Horowitz, A. (2004). Prevalence and consequences of age-related vision impairment. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 20 (3), 185-195.

Horowitz, A., Goodman, C., & Reinhardt, J. P. (2004). Congruence between disabled elders and their primary caregivers. The Gerontologist 44, (4), 532-542.

Travis, L., Boerner, K., Reinhardt, J.P., & Horowitz, A. (2004). Exploring functional disability in older adults with low vision. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 98 (9), 534-545.

Brennan, M., Horowitz, A., & Reinhardt, J. P. (2003). The September 11th attacks and depressive symptomatology among older adults with vision loss in New York City. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 40(4), 54-72.

Horowitz, A. (2003). Depression and vision and hearing impairments in later life. Generations, 27, 32-38.

Horowitz, A., Reinhardt, J. P., Boerner, K., & Travis, L. A. (2003). The influence of health, social support quality and rehabilitation on depression among disabled elders. Aging and Mental Health,7, 343-350.

Horowitz, A., & Stuen, C. (Eds.) (2003). Aging and the Senses. Generations, 27.

Horowitz, A., Boerner, K., & Reinhardt, J. P. (2002). Psychosocial aspects of driving transitions in elders with low vision. Gerontechnology, 1 (4), 262-273.

Brennan, M., Horowitz, A., Reinhardt, J. P., Cimarolli, V., Benn, D. T., & Leonard, R. (2001). In their own words: Strategies developed by visually impaired elders to cope with vision loss. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 31 (1), 63-85.

Horowitz, A. Leonard, R., & Reinhardt, J. P. (2000). Measuring psychosocial and functional outcomes of a group model of vision rehabilitation services for older adults. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (Special Issue on Outcomes). 94, 328-337.

Horowitz, A., & Reinhardt, J. P. (1998). Psychosocial adjustment to vision impairment among the elderly: Development of the Adaptation to Age-Related Vision Loss (AVL) Scale. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 92, 30-41.

Horowitz, A. (1997). The relationship between vision impairment and the assessment of disruptive behaviors among nursing home residents. The Gerontologist, 37, 620-628.

D'Allura, T., McInerney, R., & Horowitz, A. (1995). An evaluation of low vision services. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 89 (6), 487-493.

Horowitz, A. (1994). Vision impairment and functional disability among nursing home residents. The Gerontologist, 34 (3), 316-323.

Horowitz, A., Balistreri, E., Stuen, C., & Fangmeier, R. (1994). Visual status and rehabilitation needs of nursing home residents. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 89 (1), 7-15).

Silverstone, B. M., & Horowitz, A. (1992). Aging in place: The role of families. Generations, XII (2), 27-30.

Horowitz, A., Teresi, J. E., & Cassels, L. A. (1991). Development of a vision screening questionnaire for older people. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 17 (3/4), 37-56.

Horowitz, A., Silverstone, B. M., & Reinhardt, J. (1991). A conceptual and empirical exploration of personal autonomy issues within family caregiving relationships. The Gerontologist, 31 (1), 23-31.

Branch, L. G., Horowitz, A., & Carr, C. (1989). The implications for everyday life of incident self-reported visual decline among people over age 65 living in the community. The Gerontologist, 29 (3), 359-365.

Horowitz. A. (1985). Sons and daughters as caregivers to older parents: Differences in role performance and consequences. The Gerontologist, 25 (6), 612-617.

Horowitz, A., & Shindelman, L. W. (1983). Reciprocity and affection: Past influences on current caregiving. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 5 (3), 5-20.

Horowitz, A., & Shindelman, L. W. (1983). Social and economic incentives for family caregivers. Health Care Financing Review, 5 (2), 25-33.


Horowitz, A., (2006) Issues in conducting social work research in aging. In B. Berkman (Ed.), Handbook of social work in health and aging, (pp. 989-1000). Oxford University Press.

Horowitz, A. (2005). Depression in later life. In C. B. Fisher & R. M. Lerner (Eds.), Encyclopedia of applied developmental science, (pp. 334-336). Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Horowitz, A., & Reinhardt, J. P. (2000). Depression among low vision elders. In C. Stuen, A. Arditi, A. Horowitz, M. A. Lang, B. Rosenthal, & K. Seidman (Eds.). Vision rehabilitation: Assessment, intervention and outcomes (pp. 665-668). Amsterdam: Swets and Zeitlinger.

Horowitz, A., & Reinhardt, J. P. (2000). Mental health issues in visual impairment: Research in depression, disability, and rehabilitation. In B. Silverstone, M. Lang, B. Rosenthal, E. Faye (Eds.), The Lighthouse handbooks on vision impairment and vision rehabilitation (pp. 1089-1109). New York: Oxford University Press.

Horowitz, A., & Stuen, C. (2000). Directions for research in aging and vision rehabilitation. In J. Crews & F. Whittington (Eds.) Vision loss in an aging society: A multidisciplinary perspective (pp. 227-255). New York: AFB Press.

Horowitz, A. (1999). Aging and disability in the new millennium: Challenges for social work research and practice. In S. Neysmith (Ed.). Critical issues for future social work practice with aging persons (pp. 97-126). New York: Columbia University Press.

Horowitz, A. (1992). Methodological issues in the study of gender within family caregiving relationships. In J.W. Dwyer and R.T. Coward (Eds.) Gender and family care of the elderly (pp 132-150). New York: Sage Publications.

Silverstone, B., & Horowitz, A. (1987). Issues of social support: The family and home care. In R.E. Dunkle and J.W. Schmidley (Eds.). New issues in stroke: Diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation among the elderly (pp. 169-185). New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Horowitz. A. (1986). Service supports for family caregivers of the frail elderly. In E. Aronowitz and E.M. Bromberg (Eds.). Mental health and aging (pp. 79-97). Massachusetts: Prodis.

Horowitz. A. (1985). Family caregiving to the frail elderly. In M.P. Lawton and G. Maddox (Eds.). Annual review of geriatrics and gerontology (pp 194-246). New York: Springer Publishing Co.


2008 - 2012   National Institute of Mental Health ($580,000)
Principal Investigator - Treating Subthreshold Depression in Older Adults in Community-Based Rehabilitation.  Grant #1 R34 MH079980

2004 - 2011   National Institute of Mental Health ($2,300,000)
Principal Investigator - Driving Transitions and Mental Health in Disabled Elders.  Grant #1 RO1 AG020579

2002 - 2009   National Institute on Aging ($2,200,000)
Principal Investigator - Control Strategies & Mental Health in Impaired Elders.  Grant #1 RO1 MH64437

2004 - 2005   New York State Attorney General's Office ($77,000)
Principal Investigator - The Anxiety Disorders Screening and Intervention Program (ADSIP) for Vision Impaired Elders.

1998 - 2004   National Eye Institute ($1,400,000)
Principal Investigator - Depression, Disability & Rehabilitation in Vision Impaired Elderly. Grant #1 RO1 EY12563

Reviewer Reserve, National Institute of Health  1995-Present  

Director of Research Development and Member, National Program Committee Member and Mentor, The John A. Hartford Foundation Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars Program  2001-Present    

Member, American Academy of Nursing Geropsychiatric Nursing Collaborative, National Advisory Panel   2008-2011  

Member, Publications Committee, Gerontological Society of America  1995-1997; 2005-2007   

Member, Institutional Review Board, Hunter College of the City of New York  1997-2010  

Chair, GSA Task Force on Publication Growth  1999-2002

Member, NIH/NIMH Mental Disorders of Aging Scientific Review Committee  1992-1995

Editorial Board Member, The Gerontologist, Journal of Gerontological Social Work

President, State Society on Aging in New York  1992-1993 

Chair, Social Research, Planning and Policy section of GSA  1991-1992

Secretary, New York State Association for Gerontological Educators  1987-1991

Chair, Research Committee, American Society on Aging  1988-1990

Chair, Research, Education and Practice Committee, GSA  1989      

Fellow, Gerontological Society of America (GSA)

Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine

Brookdale Doctoral Fellowship, Brookdale Foundation/Columbia University, 1978-1979

National Research Service Award, National Institute of Mental Health, 1976-1978


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