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Bio: Dr. Chinman (PhD, Clinical/Community Psychology,
University of South Carolina) is a Health Science Specialist at the VISN 4 Mental Illness, Research, and Clinical Center at the VA Pittsburgh
Healthcare System and a Senior Behavioral Scientist at the RAND Corporation. His overall focus is developing and testing various interventions to
improve the recovery of individuals with serious mental illnesses. As part of that focus, he recently has been developing and assessing strategies
that involve mental health consumers in service providing roles in order to improve the quality of their care. He is also been investigating the
use of informatics tools to better involve consumers in their own care.
In his current role at the VA, Dr. Chinman is a Principal
Investigator of a HSR&D grant to evaluate the impact of employing Peer Support Technicians (mental health consumers trained to be service
providers) on clinical teams within the VA called PEER (Peers Enhancing Recovery). He leads the Mental Health QUERI Subgroup on Peer Support
and he helped draft the recommendations of the Recovery
Transformation Work Group to the Veteran Administrations’ Mental Health Steering Committee that is facilitating the VA’s move to a more
recovery-oriented system of care and currently sits on the VA’s National Recovery Advisory Committee.
Dr. Chinman has published on
such topics as mental health provider competencies, professional perceptions of mutual support, mutual support typologies, and various case
studies of mutual support programs. His two most recent publications address the early experiences of Peer Support Technicians hired in the
VA and a guide to hiring Peer Support Technicians.
Research Interests: Dr. Chinman’s research interests include
utilization of Peer Support Technicians, implementation of recovery-oriented systems of care, and the use of informatics tools to better
involved consumers in their own care.