Elsa Marziali

Dr. Elsa Marziali

Professor Faculty of Social Work & Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Senior Scientist Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest

Research Focus

Dr. Marziali's current projects focus on the development and evaluation of Internet-based educational support programs for persons with chronic disease (COPD, CHF, stroke and diabetes). Elsa Marziali’s main focus of research has been on the development and evaluation of an Internet-based video-conferencing, e-health intervention for caregivers of family members with long-term disabilities and degenerative diseases (dementia, stroke, Parkinson). The aim of these intervention-outcome studies is to compare outcomes (caregiver – care recipient health service utilization and time to institutionalization of the care recipient) between an online video conferencing support group and a comparison group that receives web-based information only. She is also developing and evaluating support group programs for obese adolescents and adults using this internet video conferencing technology.

In addition, Marziali is currently developing a tool for assessing the personal resources and vulnerabilities of family caregivers of persons with dementia (Alzheimer or other). In combination with functional autonomy ratings of the person with dementia, the caregiver assessment tool will provide the basis for prescribing home care services that address the health needs of the person with dementia as well as his/her caregiver.

Other research includes evaluating the effects of showing multimedia family histories to persons with Alzheimer’s, and the effects of six educational videos on caregiver capacity for managing caregiving tasks.

Dr. Marziali's current projects focus on the development and evaluation of Internet-based educational support programs for persons with chronic disease (COPD, CHF, stroke and diabetes).

Publications

Title Source (Journal/Book/Conference) Authors/Presenters Published On Type
Multimedia Biographies: A Reminiscence and Social Stimulus Tool for Persons with Cognitive Impairment Journal of Technology in Human Services Smith KL, Crete-Nishihata M, Damianakis T, Baecker RM, Marziali E 1308628800 Journal Article
Dementia caregivers' responses to 2 internet-based intervention programs American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias Marziali E, Garcia LJ 1293858000 Journal Article
Evaluation of an assessment battery for estimating dementia caregiver needs for health and social care services. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias Marziali E, McCleary L, Streiner DL 1280635200 Journal Article
The psychosocial impacts of multimedia biographies on persons with cognitive impairments. The Gerontologist Damianakis T, Crete-Nishihata M, Smith KL, Baecker RM, Marziali E 1265000400 Journal Article
Advancing the chronic care road map: a contemporary overview. Healthcare Quarterly Ahmed S, Gogovor A, Kosseim M, Poissant L, Riopelle R, Simmonds M, Krelenbaum M, Montague T, Chronic Disease Management and Prevention Colloquium Participants (Marziali E) 1262322000 Journal Article
Internet-based caregiver support for Chinese Canadians taking care of a family member with alzheimer disease and related dementia. Canadian Journal on Aging Chiu T, Marziali E, Colantonio A, Carswell A, Gruneir M, Tang M, Eysenbach G 1259643600 Journal Article
E-health program for patients with chronic disease Telemedicine Journal And E-Health Marziali E 1235883600 Journal Article
Remembering my life: The production and evaluation of individuals with alzheimer's or mild cognitive impairment responses to digital life histories GERONTOLOGIST Damianakis T, Crete-Nishihata M, Smith K, Baecker R, Marziali E 1227243600 Abstract
Virtual support groups for family caregivers of persons with dementia Geriatrics and Aging Marziali E 1227070800 Journal Article
Social workers' experiences of virtual psychotherapeutic caregivers groups for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, stroke, frontotemporal dementia and traumatic brain injury Social Work with Groups Damianakis T, Climans R, Marziali E 1227070800 Journal Article
The role of coping humor in the physical and mental health of older adults Journal of Mental Health and Aging Marziali E, McDonald L, Donahue P 1225512000 Journal Article
Multimedia biographies to enhance AD or MCI quality of life ALZHEIMER’S & DEMENTIA Baecker RM, Marziali E, Chatland S, Crete M, Easley K, Yeung M 1217044800 Abstract
An innovative approach to community integration for adults with brain injury Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy Dawson D, Anderson N, Bayley M, Bridges L, Brooks D, Kumpf J, Marziali E, Ryan, M 1209009600 Abstract
Gerontology: Research and practice in technology and aging Canadian Journal on Aging Marziali E 1200546000 Journal Article
Volunteers' experiences visiting the cognitively impaired in nursing homes: A Friendly Visiting Program Canadian Journal on Aging Damianakis T, Wagner LM, Bernstein S, Marziali E 1199163600 Journal Article
The design and evaluation of E-health intervention programs for older adults eHealth International Journal Marziali E 1199163600 Journal Article
Using technology to deliver health care programs to family caregivers and persons with chronic disease Global Conference on Ageing and Expo Ageing & Design Marziali E 1199163600 Presentation
An E-Health community of practice: Online communication in an E-Health service delivery environment Lecture Notes in Computer Science Marziali E, Cohene T 1195448400 Journal Article
Internet support groups for caregivers Festival of international conferences on caregiving, disability, aging and technology Marziali E, Garcia L, Baecker R 1181966400 Abstract
Technology and social isolation Festival of international conferences on caregiving, disability, aging and technology Marziali E, McNeill B, Martin N 1181966400 Abstract
Multimedia biographies for individuals with AD Festival of international conferences on caregiving, disability, aging and technology Baecker R, Marziali E, Chatland S, Easley K, Crete M, Yeung M 1181966400 Abstract
Internet support groups for caregivers Festival of International Conferences on Caregiving, Disability, Aging and Technology: Living Longer, Living Better Marziali E, Garcia L, Baecker R 1181966400 Presentation
Multimedia biographies for individuals with AD Festival of International Conferences on Caregiving, Disability, Aging and Technology Baecker R, Marziali E, Chatland S, Easley K, Crete M, Yeung M 1181966400 Presentation
Clinical practice standards and ethical issues applied to a virtual group intervention for spousal caregivers of people with Alzheimer's Social Work in Health Care Serafini JD, Damianakis T, Marziali E 1167627600 Journal Article
Memories of a life: A design case study for Alzheimer's disease Universal Usability: Designing Computer Interfaces for Diverse User Populations Cohene T, Baecker R, Marziali E, Mindy S 1167627600 Book Chapter
An e-health community of practice: Online communication in an e-health service delivery environment Human Computer Interaction Annual Conference Marziali E, Cohene T 1167627600 Presentation
Professional practice standards and research ethics in technology-based healthcare programs provided to patients in their homes Society for Psychotherapy Research Marziali E 1167627600 Presentation
The role of coping humor in the physical and mental health of older adults Gerontology Society of America Marziali E, McDonald L, Donahue P 1167627600 Presentation
Technology and social isolation The Festival of International Conferences on Caregiving, Disability, Aging and Technology Marziali E 1167627600 Presentation
Virtual support for family caregivers: theoretical framework, intervention model and outcome Journal of Technology in Human Services Marziali E, Damianakis T, Donahue P 1163912400 Journal Article
Developing evidence for an internet-based psychotherapeutic group intervention Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work Marziali E 1163912400 Journal Article
Gerontechnology: Research and practice in technology and aging Canadian Journal on Aging Marziali E 1158638400 Journal Article
Caring for Others: Internet, video-conferencing group intervention for family caregivers of older adults with neurodegenerative disease Gerontologist Marziali E, Donahue P 1149134400 Journal Article
Supportive Group Therapy for Parents who Chronically Neglect their Children Families in Society Marziali E, Damianakis T, Smith SD, Trocme N 1136091600 Journal Article
Persistent family concerns in long-term care settings: Meaning and management Journal of the American Medical Directors Association Marziali E, Shulman K, Damianakis T 1136091600 Journal Article
Internet-based clinical services: virtual support groups for family caregivers. Journal of Technology in Human Services Marziali E, Damianakis T, Donahue P 1136091600 Journal Article
Experiences of spirituality and self-transcendence in caregivers coping with dementia The Transforming Power of Spirituality: Breaking Barriers and Creating Common Ground - The First North American Conference on Spirituality and Social Work Damianakis T, McCleary L, Dawson D, Marziali E 1136091600 Presentation
Spirituality and self-transcendence in caregivers of persons with Frontotemporal dementia 25th Annual Ontario Gerontology Association Conference Damianakis T, McCleary L, Dawson D, Marziali E 1136091600 Presentation
Multimedia biographies for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their families FICCDAT: Festival of International Conferences on Caregiving, Disability, Aging and Technology Baecker R, Marziali E, Chatland S, Cohene T, Crete-Nishihata M, Damianikis T, Easley K, Smith KL, Yeung M 1136091600 Presentation
Developing evidence for psychotherapeutic groups for older adults grieving loss of a spouse: An interdisciplinary approach GERONTOLOGIST Marziali E, Damianakis T, Sussman T, Schwartz K 1132290000 Abstract
Caring for others: Internet health care support intervention for family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's, Stroke, or Parkinson's disease Families in Society Marziali E, Donahue P, Crossin G 1120190400 Journal Article
A Systematic Review of Practice Standards and Research Ethics in Technology-Based Home Health Care Intervention Programs for Older Adults Journal of Aging and Health Marziali E, Dergal J, McCleary L 1104555600 Journal Article
Negotiating relationship contexts in gerontological social work practice Journal of Gerontological Social Work Marziali E 1104555600 Journal Article
Describing needs among caregivers of people with frontal temporal dementia 5th Annual Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied Research Unit Conference Groll L, McCleary L, Marziali E, Damianakis T, Dawson D 1104555600 Presentation
Virtual support groups for family caregivers for persons with dementia GERONTOLOGIST Marziali E, Donahue P 1100840400 Abstract
Spousal caregiving for frontotemporal dementia Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied Research Unit 4th Annual Conference McCleary L, Marziali E, Chow TW 1099022400 Presentation
Virtual psychotherapy groups: Results of an RCT with caregivers of persons with neurodegenerative disease INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY Marziali E, Donahue P 1091937600 Abstract
Supporting caregivers of patients with frontotemporal dementia Symposium for Frontotemporal Dementia McCleary L, Marziali E, Chow TW 1089691200 Presentation
Virtual support group: Helping caregivers cope Rehab and Community Care Medicine Marziali E 1072933200 Journal Article
Virtual Support Groups for Family Caregivers: Theoretical Framework, Intervention Model and Outcome CSWE Marziali E 1072933200 Presentation
Clinical and Ethical Issues for a Group Intervention for Spousal Caregivers of People with Dementia 4th International Social Work Conference on Health and Mental Health Damianakis T, Dergal J, Marziali E 1072933200 Presentation
Virtual Psychotherapy Groups: Results of an RCT with Caregivers of Persons with Neurodegenerative Disease International Congress of Psychology Marziali E 1072933200 Presentation
Virtual Support Groups for Family Caregivers in Remote Areas Annual Meeting of the Toronto District Health Council Action Centre Marziali E 1072933200 Presentation
Internet-based Support Groups for Family Caregivers of Persons with Dementia, Stroke or Parkinson: Results of a Feasibility Study Canadian Society of Telehealth Annual Meeting Marziali E, Donahue P 1072933200 Presentation
Virtual Support Groups for Family Caregivers of Persons with Dementia Gerontology Society of America Annual Meeting Marziali E, Donahue P 1072933200 Presentation
Internet-based Support Groups for Family Caregivers of Persons with Dementia, Stroke or Parkinson: Results of a Feasibility Study Ontario Hospital Association Annual Meeting Marziali E 1072933200 Presentation
Gerontological social work practice: Issues, challenges, and potential Canadian Journal on Aging Marziali E 1067662800 Journal Article
Persistent family concerns in long-term care GERONTOLOGIST Shulman K, Marziali E 1064980800 Abstract
Nature and consequences of personality problems in maltreating caregivers Families in Society Marziali E, Damianakis T, Trocme N 1041397200 Journal Article
Many factors make family members caring for an elderly relative with dementia reluctant to use support services. Evidence-Based Mental Health Marziali E 1041397200 Journal Article
Health Support Interventions for Impaired Elderly and Their Caregivers CANARIE Symposium Marziali E 1041397200 Presentation
Supporting Rural Caregivers Through Computer-Internet Technologies Canadian Association on Gerontology Marziali E, Donahue P 1041397200 Presentation
Case management reduced hospital admission in caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease Evidence-Based Mental Health Marziali E 1009861200 Journal Article
Canadians of Italian background: applying cultural concepts to bicultural and intergenerational issues in clinical practice Multicultural Social Work in Canada Alaggia R, Marziali E 1009861200 Book Chapter
Guidelines for the assessment and treatment of clients with borderline personality disorder Social Work Desktop Reference Manual Marziali E 1009861200 Book Chapter
Virtual support groups for elderly community-based caregivers and video-taped life histories for memory stimulation International Gerontechnology Meetings Marziali E, Climans R, Consky A, Damianakis T 1009861200 Presentation
Virtual Support Groups for Elderly Community-Based Caregivers and Video-Taped Life Histories for Memory Stimulation Kunin Lunenfeld Applied Research Centre Annual Conference, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care Marziali E, Climans R, Consky A, Damianakis T 1009861200 Presentation
Virtual Support Groups for Elderly Community-Based Caregivers and Video-Taped Life Histories for Memory Stimulation National Invitational Workshop: Care for the Caregiver Marziali E, Climans R, Consky A, Damianakis T 1009861200 Presentation
Coping with adversity in aging: Role of resilience, hardiness and spirituality GERONTOLOGIST Donahue P, Marziali E 1005800400 Abstract
Managing the interface between optimal care of clients and the demands of challenging families Klaru Rounds Marziali E 989380800 Presentation
Resilience Indicators for Post Retirement Well-Being Gerontology Society of America, Annual Meetings Marziali E, Donahue P 978325200 Presentation
Role of sexual abuse in the etiology of borderline personality disorder Archives Of Sexual Behavior Marziali E 965102400 Journal Article
Convergence and divergence of three coding systems for analysing group process Process in Therapeutic Groups: A Handbook of Systems of Analysis Chambon A, Tsang T, Marziali E 946702800 Book Chapter
Assessment and treatment of child welfare caregivers with severe personality problems Child Welfare Conference Marziali E, Trocme N 946702800 Presentation
The Objective Behavioral Index: A measure for assessing treatment response of patients with severe personality disorders Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease Marziali E, Munroe-Blum H, McCleary L 925531200 Journal Article
A qualitative analysis of strengths and vulnerabilities in sexually assaulted women Clinical Social Work Journal Regehr C, Marziali E, Jansen K 915166800 Journal Article
Response to Sexual Assault: A Relational Perspective Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease Regehr C, Marziali E 915166800 Journal Article
Interpersonal group psychotherapy for borderline personality disorder Psychotherapy in Practice Marziali E, Munroe-Blum H 883630800 Journal Article
The contribution of group cohesion and group alliance to the outcome of group psychotherapy International Journal of Group Psychotherapy Marziali E, Munroe-Blum H, McCleary L 875678400 Journal Article
Emotion processing in borderline personality disorders Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease Levine D, Marziali E, Hood J 859870800 Journal Article
Group treatment for severe personality disorders: An interpersonal approach. Group Psychologist Marziali E 820472400 Journal Article
A controlled trial of short-term group treatment for borderline personality disorder Journal of Personality Disorders Munroe-Blum H, Marziali E 809928000 Journal Article
An interpersonal approach to group psychotherapy with borderline personality disorder Journal of Personality Disorders Marziali E, Munroe-Blum H 788936400 Journal Article
The association between global and specific measures of the therapeutic relationship Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training Coady N, Marziali E 765176400 Journal Article
Severity as a diagnostic dimension of borderline personality disorder Canadian Journal of Psychiatry Marziali E, Munroe-Blum H, Links P 757400400 Journal Article
The assessment of ego development in borderline personality disorders Canadian Journal of Psychiatry Marziali E, Field N, Classen C, Oleniuk J 725864400 Journal Article
Borderline behavioral clusters and the treatment approahes Borderline Personality Disorder: A Clinical and Empirical Perspective Hurt S, Clarkin J, Marziali E, Munroe-Blum H 694242000 Book Chapter
The etiology of borderline personality disorders: Developmental factors Borderline Personality Disorder: A Clinical and Empirical Perspective Marziali E 694242000 Book Chapter
Borderline personality disorder: Diagnosis, etiology and treatment Smith College Studies of Social Work Marziali E 694242000 Journal Article
The power of the therapeutic relationship American Journal of Orthopsychiatry Marziali E, Alexander L 678340800 Journal Article
Group and family treatments for borderline personality disorder Hospital & Community Psychiatry Clarkin JF, Marziali E, Munroe-Blum H 662706000 Journal Article
Object representations in descriptions of significant others: A methodological study Journal of Personality Assessment Marziali E, Oleniuk J 636267600 Journal Article
Interpersonal factors in borderline pathology Family Environment and the Borderline Personality Disorder Marziali E, Munroe Blum H 631170000 Book Chapter
A comparison of three measures for the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder American Journal of Psychiatry Angus LE, Marziali E 568011600 Journal Article
Time-limited, group psychotherapy for borderline patients Canadian Journal of Psychiatry Munroe-Blum H, Marziali E 568011600 Journal Article
The first session: An interpersonal encounter. Families in Society Marziali E 568011600 Journal Article
A group approach: The management of projective identification in group treatment of self-destructive borderline patients. Journal of Personality Disorders Marziali E, Munroe-Blum H 536475600 Journal Article
People in Your Life : Development of a social support measure for predicting psychotherapy outcome. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease Marziali E 536475600 Journal Article
The development of the Therapeutic Alliance Rating System The Psychotherapeutic Process: A Research Handbook Marmar C, Marziali E, Horowitz M, Weiss D 504939600 Book Chapter
The measurement of subjective response to stressful life events Journal of Human Stress Marziali E, Pilkonis P 504939600 Journal Article
Three viewpoints on the therapeutic alliance. Similarities, differences, and associations with psychotherapy outcome. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease Marziali E 441781200 Journal Article
Analysis of emotional status during the hospital treatment of a borderline patient Canadian Journal of Psychiatry Marziali E, Hamilton J, Sadavoy S, Book H, Sadavoy J, Silver D 441781200 Journal Article
Prediction of outcome of brief psychotherapy from therapist interpretive interventions. Archives of General Psychiatry Marziali E 441781200 Journal Article
Psychotherapy practice and research: the interface Canadian Journal of Psychiatry Marziali E 378709200 Journal Article
Therapeutic alliance scales: development and relationship to psychotherapy outcome. American Journal of Psychiatry Marziali E, Marmar C, Krupnick J 349851600 Journal Article
Methodological issues in the content analysis of brief psychotherapy British Journal of Medical Psychology Marziali E, Sullivan J 320734800 Journal Article
A direct practice concentration: Problems in integration. Journal of Education for Social Work Hanna E, Marziali E 220942800 Journal Article
Clinical Research: A model for teaching and learning Canadian Journal for Social Work Education Marziali E, Munroe-Blum H 189320400 Journal Article
Depression in a university clinic population. Canadian Psychiatric Association Journal O'Neil MK, Marziali E 189320400 Journal Article

Academic Appointments

  • 2010–Present: Professor, Faculty of Social Work & Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 2010–Present: Senior Scientist, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Curriculum Vitae

Contact

Rotman Research Institute
Baycrest
3560 Bathurst Street, 702
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M6A 2E1 Phone: (416) 785-2500, x2284 Email: elsa.marziali@utoronto.ca