- Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute, Inc. and Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
- Associate Professor and Director of Communication Studies, School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis
- Core Investigator, VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Health Information and Communication, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center
Dr. Matthias’ research interests include relationship-centered care and its effect on health care processes and outcomes, patient-provider communication, patient activation, and clinical decision making. Dr. Matthias is particularly interested in communication in chronic pain care and severe mental illness.
“If patients and their doctors have a relationship marked by mutual trust and a strong therapeutic alliance, they are better positioned to candidly discuss all chronic pain treatment options, including risks and benefits of opioid treatment, with the ultimate goal being to develop the most appropriate and effective treatment plan for each individual patient.”