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About Jonathan Delman

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.


Present Principal, Reservoir Consulting Group
Present Associate Director, The Learning & Working during the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research & Training Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Present Director of the Program for Recovery Research, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Present Research Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Curriculum Vitae

Honors and Awards

  • Karl Ackerman “Ox” Award, The (Massachusetts) Transformation Center, for systems transformation advocacy achievements (2014)
  • Editorial Board appointment, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, American Psychological Association, Washington, DC (2013)
  • Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader Award, for innovation and leadership in health care, one of ten awarded annually (2008)
  • Distinguished Service Award for promoting transition age youth consumer involvement in mental health planning, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (2006)
  • Isaiah Ullis Public Advocacy Award, Massachusetts Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation (2005)
  • For Outstanding Services in Promoting Recovery and Rehabilitation in Massachusetts, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (2001)

Contact Information

University of Massachusetts Medical School
Department of Psychiatry
55 Lake Ave North
Worcester MA 01605
Phone: 508-856-1456


Articles (13)

Presentations (3)

Multimedia (1)

Contributions to Books (3)

Other (6)