Samantha Matthews

Samantha Matthews
Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School, and Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND
Santa Monica Office


M.P.A., University of Pennsylvania; B.A. in political science, communication, University of Pennsylvania


Samantha Matthews (she/her) is a Ph.D. student in the Community-Partnered Policy and Action stream at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. Her research is focused on behavioral health, suicide prevention, homelessness, and criminal justice. At RAND, she has assisted in research on the implementation of 988, the national suicide and crisis hotline, and led a review of literature on emergency mental health hotlines in the United States. Her work also centers on workforce in behavioral health and homeless services.

Prior to joining RAND, at the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, she managed state- and county-funded homelessness and housing programs and coordinated with government agencies, elected officials, and service providers in responding to and preventing homelessness in eastern Los Angeles County. She has an M.P.A. and a B.A. in political science and communication from the University of Pennsylvania.

Selected Publications

Samantha Matthews, Jonathan H. Cantor, Stephanie Brooks Holliday, Armenda Bialas, Nicole K. Eberhart, Joshua Breslau, Ryan K. McBain, "National preparedness for 988—the new mental health emergency hotline in the United States," Preventive Medicine Reports, 33, 2023

Samantha Matthews, Jonathan H. Cantor, Stephanie Brooks Holliday, Nicole K. Eberhart, Joshua Breslau, Armenda Bialas, Ryan K. McBain, "Mental Health Emergency Hotlines in the United States: A Scoping Review (2012–2021)," Psychiatric Services, 2022

Cantor, Jonathan H., Stephanie Brooks Holliday, Ryan K. McBain, Samantha Matthews, Armenda Bialas, Nicole K. Eberhart, and Joshua Breslau, Preparedness for 988 Throughout the United States: The New Mental Health Emergency Hotline, RAND Corporation (WR-A1955-1-v2), 2022