Marianne S. Matthias, PhD

Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Communication Studies, School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Research Scientist, Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
Research Scientist, William M. Tierney Center for Health Services Research, Regenstrief Institute, Inc.
Core Investigator, VA HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication
Adjunct Associate Research Professor, Indiana University School of Medicine

   Dr. Matthias is a health communication specialist and Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.  An appointed Regenstrief research scientist, she conducts research in the VA HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center and in the Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research


   Dr. Matthias focuses on communication in chronic pain care and in mental health, with specific research interest in patient-provider communication and clinical decision-making. She joined the VA HSR&D Service in 2009, and is the recipient of the five-year VA HSR&D Career Development Award, “Identifying Strategies to Improve Communication in Chronic Pain Care.”  Dr. Matthias serves on the Roudebush VA Medical Center’s Ethics Consultation Committee and the Editorial Board, for the journal, Pain Medicine.

Active Projects

I.  VA Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D)  (2014-2018)

"Evaluation of a Peer Coach-Led Intervention to Improve Pain Symptoms (ECLIPSE)" (PI) 

To identify which Veterans with chronic pain are successfully managing their pain so they can offer information, support, and mentorship to other Veterans with pain.


II. VA HSR&D Career Development Award (2011-2016) 

"Identifying Strategies to Improve Communication in Chronic Pain Care" (PI)

The purpose of this study is to identify deficits in communication between patients with chronic pain and their primary care providers, then to design a patient- and a provider-directed intervention to improve this communication.


III. National Institutes of Health (2015-2017)

“Identifying Communicative Factors Affecting Opioid Management for Chronic Pain” (PI)

The purpose of this pilot study is to evaluate how patients with chronic non-cancer pain and their physicians communicate about opioid management.



Selected Publications                               |                             Go To PubMed List >>


1. Matthias MS, McGuire AB, Kukla M, Daggy J, Myers LJ, Bair MJ. A brief peer support intervention for veterans with chronic musculoskeletal pain: a pilot study of feasibility and effectiveness. Pain Medicine. 2015 Jan;16(1):81-7.

2. Eliacin J, Salyers MP, Kukla M, Matthias MS. Factors influencing patients' preferences and perceived involvement in shared decision-making in mental health care. Journal of Mental Health. 2015 Feb;24(1):24-8.

3. Eliacin J, Salyers MP, Kukla M, Matthias MS. Patients' understanding of shared decision making in a mental health setting. Qualitative Health Research. 2015 May;25(5):668-78.

4. Matthias MS, Fukui S, Kukla M, Eliacin J, Bonfils KA, Firmin RL, Oles SK, Adams EL, Collins LA, Salyers MP. Consumer and relationship factors associated with shared decision making in mental health consultations. Psychiatric Services. 2014 Dec 1;65(12):1488-91.

5. Tucker Edmonds B, McKenzie F, Fadel WF, Matthias MS, Salyers MP, Barnato AE, Frankel RM. Using simulation to assess the influence of race and insurer on shared decision making in periviable counseling. Simulation in Healthcare. 2014 Dec;9(6):353-9.

6. Krebs EE, Bergman AA, Coffing JM, Campbell SR, Frankel RM, Matthias MS. Barriers to guideline-concordant opioid management in primary care--a qualitative study. Journal of Pain. 2014 Nov;15(11):1148-55.

7. Hollingshead NA, Matthias MS, Bair MJ, Hirsh AT.  Impact of race and sex on pain management by medical trainees: a mixed methods pilot study of decision making and awareness of influence.  Pain Medicine. 2015 Feb;16(2):280-90.

8. Hirsh AT, Hollingshead NA, Matthias MS, Bair MJ, Kroenke K. The influence of patient sex, provider sex, and sexist attitudes on pain treatment decisions. Journal of Pain. 2014 May;15(5):551-9.

9. Fukui S, Matthias MS, Salyers MP. Core domains of shared decision-making during psychiatric visits: scientific and preference-based discussions. Administration and Policy in Mental Health. 2015 Jan;42(1):40-6.

10. Hirsh AT, Hollingshead NA, Bair MJ, Matthias MS, Kroenke K. Preferences, experience, and attitudes in the management of chronic pain and depression: a comparison of physicians and medical students. Clinical Journal of Pain. 2014 Sep;30(9):766-74.

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