Victor Molinari, Ph.D., ABPP

Victor Molinari


Phone: (813) 974-1960
Office: MHC 1320
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Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Molinari is the former president of the American Board of Geropsychology (ABGERO), past- president of the Council of Professional Geropsychology Training Programs,  and a former member of APA’s Task Force on Serious Mental Illness and Severe Emotional Disorder.
He is a former member of APA’s Committee on Aging, the past national coordinator for the Psychologists in Long Term Care (PLTC), and the past president of the American Psychological Association's Society of Clinical Geropsychology. He is a fellow of APA 's Division 20 (Adult Development & Aging) and the Behavioral and Social Sciences section of The Gerontological Society of America. His major research interests include mental health outcomes in long term care sites, serious mental illness in nursing homes, professional issues in geropsychology, and personality disorder in older adults. He is currently working on projects to develop an online module to teach nursing home staff how to address the mental health needs of residents with Serious Mental Illness, to increase the amount of non-psychopharmacological care to nursing home residents, and to identify the core competencies needed for practice in geropsychology.

Recent Publications 

Bhattacharyya, K. K., Molinari, V., & Hyer, K. (Accepted - 5/4/21). Self-reported satisfaction of older adult residents in nursing homes: Development of a conceptual framework. The Gerontologist.

Karlin, B., & Molinari, V. (Accepted - 2/10/21). Advancing the future and the field of clinical geropsychology: Honoring the enduring legacy of Michael Duffy, PhD, ABPP. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice.

Jester, D., Molinari, V., Zgibor, J. C., & Volicer, L. (Accepted - 11/25/20). Prevalence of psychotropic polypharmacy in nursing home residents with dementia: A meta-analysis. International Psychogeriatrics. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1041610220004032

Vogel, C., Molinari, V., Andel, R., & Barry, L. C.  (Accepted - 7/6/20). Self-rated health and mental health among older male inmates. Aging and Mental Health. DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2020.1795621

Pifer, M. A., Segal, D. L., Jester, D., & Molinari, V. (Accepted - 6/26/20). Assessment of anxiety in long-term care residents: Issues and strategies. International Journal of Aging and Human Development. https://doi.org/10.1177/0091415020943321

Molinari, V., Edelstein, B., Gibson, R., Lind, L., Norris, M., Carney, K., Bush, S., Heck, A., Moye, J., & Hiroto, K.  (2021). Guidelines for psychological and behavioral health services in long term care settings. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 52(1), 34-45 http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pro0000298

Pleasant, M., Molinari, V., Dobbs, D., Meng, H., & Hyer, K. (2020). Effectiveness of online dementia caregivers training programs: A systematic review. Geriatric Nursing, 41, 921-935. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gerinurse.2020.07.004

LoboPrabhu, S., & Molinari, V. (2019, September). Appreciating the four T’s of loneliness when providing psychiatric care for the lonely patient.  Journal of Psychiatric Practice. doi: 10.1097/PRA.0000000000000416.

Frost, J., Molinari, V,  Dobbs, D., Bordes-Edgar, V., Jones, K., Pietz, C., Cicoria, R., & Badana, A.  (2019). Who gets certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology and why: A diversity survey. Journal of Clinical Psychology. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22818.

Chiriboga, D., Park, N. S., Gilbert, K., Molinari, V., & Barnes, M. (2019). Cognitive status of newly-enrolled  participants of dementia-specific adult day centers and burden of their caregivers. Innovations in Aging. doi: 10.1093/geroni/igz013.

Muralidharan, A., Mills, W., Evans, D., Fujii, D., & Molinari, V. (2019). Preparing long-term care staff to meet the needs of aging persons with Serious Mental Illness. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2019.03.018.

Hyer, K., Jester, D. J., Badana, A. N. S., D’Aoust, R., Robinson, B. E., Guerra, L., Michael, M., Molinari, V., Schwartz, A., Schocken, D., Wills, T., Wilson, C., & Andel, R. (2019). Medical faculty beliefs: Self-rated importance and confidence in teaching geriatrics primary care. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 67(3), 576-580. doi: 10.1111/jgs.15759.

Molinari, V., & Rosowsky, E. (2018). Commentary on special issue of assessment in older adults. Assessment, 25(3), 394-398. doi: 10.1177/1073191117711023.

Bush, S., Allen, R., & Molinari. V. (2017). Ethical practice in geropsychology. Washington DC: APA Press.

Classes Taught

Aging in Modern Literature and Film (Undergraduate)
Gerontological Counseling (Undergraduate)
Care Management in Older Adult (Masters)
PhD Seminar in Mental Health and Aging