Matthew Chinman, PhD

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

Matthew Chinman (PhD, Clinical/Community Psychology, University of South Carolina) is a Research Scientist at the VISN4 Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) and the Director of the Implementation Core of the VAPHS HSR&D COIN, Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP). He is also a Senior Behavioral Scientist at the RAND Corporation. Dr. Chinman leads a program of implementation science research focusing on models and interventions that support the implementation of evidence-based practices in the VA as well as in community based settings. For example, one line of implementation research has been to develop strategies to enhance the capacity of behavioral health practitioners. As such, he co-developed Getting To Outcomes® (GTO), an approach designed to help behavioral health organizations to better plan, implement, and self-evaluate evidence-based programs across a number of domains ( This work has been supported with CDC, SAMHSA, VA, and NIH funding. GTO has been adopted by SAMHSA, CDC, VA’s National Center for Homelessness among Veterans, and several states agencies to support their own work in the areas of drug prevention, underage drinking prevention, homelessness, and teenage pregnancy prevention. Dr. Chinman has published and presented extensively on Getting To Outcomes research and implementation science more broadly.