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, Johnson NL, Shields CG, Bair MJ, MacKie P, Huffman M, Alexander SC. "I'm Not Gonna Pull the Rug out from under You": Patient-ProviderCommunication about Opioid Tapering. J Pain. 2017 Jul 6. pii:S1526-5900(17)30631-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2017.06.008. [Epub ahead of print]PubMed PMID: 28690000.

2: Tucker Edmonds B, McKenzie F, Austgen MB, Ashburn-Nardo L, Matthias MS, Hirsh AT. Obstetrical Providers' Management of Chronic Pain in Pregnancy: A Vignette Study. Pain Med. 2017 May 1;18(5):832-841. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnw195. PubMed PMID:27524827.

3: Bravata DM, McClain V, Austin C, Ferguson J, Burrus N, Miech EJ, Matthias MS, Chumbler N, Ofner S, Foresman B, Sico J, Vaz Fragoso CA, Williams LS, Agarwal R, Concato J, Klar Yaggi H. Diagnosing and managing sleep apnea in patients withchronic cerebrovascular disease: a randomized trial of a home-based strategy. Sleep Breath. 2017 Apr 6. doi: 10.1007/s11325-017-1494-5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28386781.

4: Rattray NA, Sico JJ, Cox LM, Russ AL, Matthias MS, Frankel RM. Crossing the Communication Chasm: Challenges and Opportunities in Transitions of Care from the Hospital to the Primary Care Clinic. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2017 Mar;43(3):127-137. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjq.2016.11.007. Epub 2016 Nov 15. PubMedPMID: 28334591.

5: Outcalt SD, Nicolaidis C, Bair MJ, Myers LJ, Miech EJ, Matthias MS. A Qualitative Examination of Pain Centrality Among Veterans of Iraq and AfghanistanConflicts. Pain Med. 2017 Feb 1;18(2):211-219. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnw137. PubMedPMID: 28204704.

6: Matthias MS, Fukui S, Salyers MP. What Factors are Associated with Consumer Initiation of Shared Decision Making in Mental Health Visits? Adm Policy MentHealth. 2017 Jan;44(1):133-140. doi: 10.1007/s10488-015-0688-z. PubMed PMID:26427999; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4818194.

7: Eliacin J, Coffing JM, Matthias MS, Burgess DJ, Bair MJ, Rollins AL. The Relationship Between Race, Patient Activation, and Working Alliance: Implications for Patient Engagement in Mental Health Care. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2016 Dec 1. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27904992.

8: Matthias MS, Kukla M, McGuire AB, Bair MJ. How Do Patients with Chronic Pain Benefit from a Peer-Supported Pain Self-Management Intervention? A Qualitative Investigation. Pain Med. 2016 Dec;17(12):2247-2255. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnw138. Epub 2016 Jul 8. PubMed PMID: 28025359.

9: Bauer SM, McGuire AB, Kukla M, McGuire S, Bair MJ, Matthias MS. Veterans' pain management goals: Changes during the course of a peer-led pain self-management program. Patient Educ Couns. 2016 Dec;99(12):2080-2086. doi:10.1016/j.pec.2016.07.034. Epub 2016 Aug 4. PubMed PMID: 27516437.

10: Eliacin J, Rollins AL, Burgess DJ, Salyers MP, Matthias MS. Patient activation and visit preparation in African American veterans receiving mental health care. Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol. 2016 Oct;22(4):580-587. Epub2016 Apr 21. PubMed PMID: 27100269.

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