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Bio: Dr. Chinman (Ph.D., Clinical/Community Psychology, University of South Carolina) is a Health Science Specialist at the VISN 4 Mental Illness, Research, Education, 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 has 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, helped draft the recommendations of the Recovery Transformation Work Group to the Veteran Administration’s 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.