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Marianne Sassi Matthias, PhD, MS, BA – Research Career Scientist

Marianne Sassi Matthias, PhD, MS, BA Marianne Sassi Matthias, PhD, MS, BA
Richard Roudebush VA Medical Center, Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN 

Dr. Marianne Matthias is a Research Scientist at the Roudebush VA Medical Center and Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis, IN, and Senior Research Professor in the Department of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine. She is a health services researcher who focuses on communication in healthcare contexts, with particular interests in treatment decision-making in chronic pain care and behavioral interventions to improve chronic pain care and advance health equity. She has specific methodological expertise in qualitative methodology and clinical trials. Dr. Matthias recently completed a VA HSR&D-funded study as principal investigator of a randomized controlled trial focused on patient activation and communication for Black Veterans with chronic pain. Currently she is principal investigator on a VA-funded clinical trial of an intervention to increase the use of nonpharmacological pain treatments and co-principal investigator on a VA-funded mixed-methods study examining the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Veterans' pain management. In addition, she is principal investigator on a study funded by NIH's HEAL Initiative focused on increasing access to treatment options for Black patients with chronic pain. She serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of General Internal Medicine and Pain Medicine and has published over 100 scholarly articles.

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