Matthew Chinman

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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 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 sexual assault prevention in the military, substance abuse prevention, underage drinking prevention, teen pregnancy prevention, homelessness, 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. in clinical/community psychology from the University of South Carolina.

Previous Positions

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

Recent Projects

  • Evaluation of Peer Specialists on VA Patient Aligned Care Teams
  • Using Getting To Outcomes to prevent sexual assault in the military
  • Improving the Implementation of Evidence-based Drug Prevention Programs in Schools
  • CoachToFit: Adapted Weight Loss Intervention for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness
  • Evaluating the Use of Peer Specialists to Deliver Cognitive Behavioral Social Skills Training

Selected Publications

Chinman M, McInnis K, Eisen S, Ellison M, Farkas M, Armstrong M, Resnick S, "Establishing a research agenda for understanding the role and impact of mental health peer specialists," Psychiatric Services, 68(9), 2017

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, 2015

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, 2015

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, 2014

Chinman, M., Acosta, J., Ebener, P., Malone, P.S., Slaughter M. , "A cluster-randomized trial of Getting To Outcomes’ impact on sexual health outcomes in community-based settings," Prevention Science (forthcoming)

Chinman M, Woodward EN, Curran GM, Hausmann, LRM., "Harnessing implementation science to increase the impact of health equity research," Medical Care, 55, 2017

Chinman M, Ebener P, Malone PS, Cannon J, D’Amico E, Acosta, J., "Testing implementation support for evidence-based programs in community settings: A replication cluster-randomized trial of Getting To Outcomes®," Implementation Science (forthcoming)

Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Publication Award (Getting To Outcomes), 2008, American Evaluation Association
  • VA Daniel Deykin Award for Outstanding Mentor, 2020, Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Investigator Excellence in Research Award, 2020, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Associated Press

Commentary: Orange County Register


  • Lt. Angela Sadosky takes part in a “Chalk the Walk” display for Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month in Bremerton, Washington, April 4, 2016, photo by Douglas H Stutz/U.S. Navy

    Sexual Assault in the Military Is Unacceptable. Here's How to Fix It

    Despite some steps taken by the Department of Defense, sexual assault and harassment prevention within the services and at individual installations could be substantially improved. The services could address the problem more systematically and comprehensively.

    Feb 26, 2021 Newsweek

  • Teacher helps students resolve conflict, photo by SDI Productions/Getty Images

    Restorative Justice Isn't a Panacea, but It Can Promote Better Relationships Among Students

    Restorative practices aren't necessarily a cure-all. But if implemented well, they can contribute to an overall solution. Teaching children to treat one another with respect has the potential to make schools safer and to help kids get along better throughout their lives.

    Oct 21, 2019 The Hechinger Report

  • Students and a counselor sit in a circle, photo by Steve Debenport/Getty Images

    What Two New Studies Reveal About Restorative Justice in Middle School and How It Can Be Done Better

    There are many nuances to the implementation and impact of restorative practices. This suggests that continued experimentation could allow school districts to realize the benefits of instituting these practices and reduce the cost of doing so.

    Apr 17, 2019 The 74 Million

  • Elementary school with drug free school zone sign

    Evidence-Based Treatments May Be Casualties of War on Drugs

    U.S. schools and community organizations face a difficult battle to keep kids safe and drug-free. They need tools to help them choose programs that will work best for youth. The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices is such a tool, but its future is uncertain.

    Jan 15, 2018 The Hill

  • A teenage girl buying drugs from a boy outside school

    Anti-Drug Education: Time for a New Bumper Sticker

    Effective drug prevention in America could start by helping school districts adopt programs that work. These evidence-based programs can teach children to make wise and responsible decisions about drugs, and they won't break the bank.

    Jul 20, 2017 Fortune

  • 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