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Marianne S. Matthias, PhD

Marianne S. Matthias, PhD

  • Research Scientist, William M. Tierney Center for Health Services Research, Regenstrief Institute
  • Core Investigator, VA HSR&D Development Center for Health Information and Communication, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center
  • Associate  Research Professor, Indiana University School of Medicine

Dr. Matthias is a health communication specialist. She focuses on communication in chronic pain care and in mental health, with specific research interest in patient-provider communication and clinical decision-making. She earned a PhD in health communication from Purdue University, is a member of the Roudebush VA Medical Center’s Ethics Consultation Committee and serves on the editorial board of the journal Pain Medicine.

Dr. Matthias’ research interests also extend to patient-provider communication through secure messaging, shared decision-making in mental health settings, and healthcare and health communication disparities. Methodologically, Dr. Matthias approaches research using a variety of methods, including qualitative interviews, clinical observation, and randomized controlled trials. She holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics in the Indiana University School of Medicine and also directs the Patient Safety Fellowship Program in the VA HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication.

“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.”