Jonathan Delman, PhD, JD, MPH is a Research Professor of Psychiatry and the Director
of the Program for Recovery Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
At the Department of Psychiatry, he is also the Associate Director for Participatory
Action Research at the Transitions (to young adulthood) Research and Training Center and
a member of the “Open Dialogue” research team. Dr. Delman, himself a person with lived
experience of mental illness, is considered a national expert on community based
participatory mental health action research (CBPR), recovery-oriented care and
measurement, peer support services, and transition age youth. Agencies he has
consistently advised on these matters include SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health
Services Administration), NIMH, and the state Department of Mental Health.
Along with his research, Dr. Delman advises clinical staff on quality management and
improvement. He also advises state agencies on integrating shared decision making and
peer support services into developing models of integrated health care delivery. For the
Governor’s Interagency Council on Substance Abuse and Prevention he has been coordinating
efforts to identify, design and implement strategic policies, financing mechanisms,
and/or infrastructure improvements for increasing the number and quality of peer services
in Massachusetts, with a focus on health reform and Medicaid.
Dr. Delman is a mental health consumer researcher and a 2008 recipient of a Robert Wood
Johnson Community Health Leader award, one of ten awarded nationally, for “individuals
who overcome daunting obstacles to improve health and health care in their communities.”
He has received several awards from DMH for “Distinguished Service”, and is a member of
the editorial board of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal.
The BMC ACCESS project: the development of a medically enhanced safe haven shelter (with Alisa K. Lincoln, Peggy Johnson, Dennis Espejo, Sara Plachta-Elliott, Peggy Lester, Christopher Shanahan, Susan Abbott, Howard Cabral, Amber Jamanka, and Patty Kenny), The journal of behavioral health services and research (2009)
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