Matthew Chinman

Matthew Chinman
Senior Behavioral Scientist
Pittsburgh Office


Ph.D. in clinical/community psychology, University of South Carolina

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Matthew Chinman is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation, where his recent focus has been on developing strategies to enhance the prevention capacity of community-based prevention practitioners. As such, he codeveloped the Getting To Outcomes (GTO) model and led the development and testing of several GTO-based guides that are aimed at assisting local communities in planning, implementing, and evaluating prevention programs in the areas of substance abuse prevention, underage drinking prevention, and youth development. Chinman is also a health science specialist at the VISN 4 Mental Illness, Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center, where his overall focus is on developing and testing various interventions to improve the recovery of individuals with serious mental illnesses. As part of that initiative, he has been developing and assessing strategies that involve mental health consumers in service-providing roles in order to improve the quality of their care. Chinman received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.

Previous Positions

Director of Program Evaluation Services, Consultation Center, Yale University School of Medicine

Recent Projects

  • Getting to Outcomes and underage drinking
  • Enhancing prevention capacity with developmental assets
  • PEers Enhancing Recovery (PEER)
  • Enhancing Quality Interventions Promoting Healthy Sexuality
  • Preparing to Run Effective Prevention (PREP)

Selected Publications

Hamilton, A.B., Chinman, M., Cohen, A.N., Oberman, R.S., Young, A.S., "). Implementation of consumer providers in mental health intensive case management teams," Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 42:100-108, 2015

Chinman M, Oberman R, Hanusa B, Cohen A, Salyers M, Twamley E, Young A., "A cluster randomized trial of adding Peer Specialists to intensive case management teams in the Veterans Health Administration," Journal of Behavioral Health Services Research, 42:109-121, 2015

Smelson DA, Chinman M, McCarthy S, Hannah G, Sawh L, Glickman M., "A cluster-randomized hybrid III trial testing an implementation support strategy to facilitate the use of an evidence-based practice in VA homeless programs," Implementation Science, 2015

Chinman M, Ebener P, Burkhart Q, Osilla KC, Imm P, Paddock SM, Wright PA, "Evaluating the impact of Getting To Outcomes-Underage Drinking on prevention capacity and alcohol merchant attitudes and selling behaviors," Prevention Science, 15:485-496, 2014

Chinman, M., George P., Dougherty, R.H., Daniels, A.S., Shoma Ghose, S., Swift, A., Delphin-Rittmon, M.E., "Peer support services for individuals with serious mental illnesses: Assessing the evidence," Psychiatric Services, 65:429-441, 2014

Acosta, J., Chinman, M., Ebener, P., Malone, P.S., Paddock, S Phillips, A., Scales, P., & Slaughter M., "An intervention to improve program implementation: Findings from a two-year cluster randomized trial of Assets-Getting To Outcomes," Implementation Science, 8:87, 2013

M. Chinman et al., "Early experiences of employing Consumer Providers in the VA," Psychiatric Services, 59:1315-1321, 2008

M. Chinman et al., "The Getting to Outcomes Demonstration and Evaluation: An Illustration of the Prevention Support System," American Journal of Community Psychology, 41:206-224, 2008

Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Publication Award (Getting To Outcomes), 2008, American Evaluation Association
  • 2nd Prize, Research Competition, 1997, International Society for the Psychological Treatment of Schizophrenia

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Associated Press

Commentary: Orange County Register


  • Student giving a joint to another student

    Making Prevention a Priority

    A bill legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes in Vermont has a strong possibility of passing. Lawmakers and communities should focus on putting in place drug prevention programs aimed at young people, considering that their marijuana use is higher in Vermont than the national average.

    Mar 7, 2016 VT Digger

  • A young student sitting outside in a school corridor

    Rethinking Student Discipline and Zero Tolerance

    Restorative practices are an alternative to zero-tolerance school discipline policies. Rather than mandating prescribed punishments for specific misbehaviors, this more tailored approach aims to empower students.

    Oct 14, 2015 Education Week

  • A group of teenagers drinking outdoors

    U.S. Needs to Improve Community-Based Drug, Alcohol Prevention

    As familiar as Americans are with the problems of youth drug and alcohol abuse, we are not identifying all the potential solutions. While observers criticize overemphasis in U.S. policy on enforcement and scant resources devoted to treatment, the focus on these approaches often ignores a key piece of the puzzle: prevention.

    Jan 31, 2014 The Orange County Register

  • teens making a toast with shots

    Getting To Outcomes: Improvement of Prevention Capacity Unveiled at a Summit of Maine Officials and Stakeholders

    Community-based practitioners can improve their programs using Getting To Outcomes®, a toolkit, training, and onsite-support package which enhances their ability to prevent drug and alcohol use among youth.

    Apr 29, 2013

  • a group sitting outside with a teacher leading discussion

    'Implementation Science' May Help Providers Adopt New Treatments Despite Real-World Constraints

    A new field called implementation science addresses the issue of how to best support providers to take up new, research-proven treatments and implement them well. A RAND study will test how well Boys & Girls Clubs carry out a program proven to prevent teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, with and without an intervention called Getting To Outcomes.

    Feb 18, 2013