2683-Aalsma, Matthew

Matthew C. Aalsma, PhD, MA, HSPP

Jonathan and Jennifer Simmons Professor of Pediatrics

410 West 10th Street
Suite 1001

Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Meet Matthew Aalsma: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tH-MKG_x5r0

Dr. Aalsma is a trained pediatric psychologist and focuses his research with vulnerable populations, including youth in the mental health and juvenile justice systems. His current research agenda includes exploring system-wide and individual efforts to improve the utilization of mental and physical health care for children and adolescents. He has been involved in research and public efforts to improve the health of children, adolescents and adults through public health care collaboration and transformation in the public sector, including criminal justice, mental health, and public policy. He is a member of the Medicaid Medical Advisory Council (organization that informs policy decisions for Indiana Medicaid) and involved in several efforts to improve the care of youth including state and community collaborations to develop screening and diversion programming for mentally ill offenders. Dr. Aalsma's current research projects include research focused on the utilization of medical and mental health care upon community reentry for detained youth and a national evaluation of a comprehensive sexuality curriculum within junior high church groups (Co-PI Ott).

Key Publications

Aalsma, M.C., Dir, A.L., Zapolski, T.C.B., Hulvershorn, L.A., Monahan, P.O., Saldana, L., & Adams, Z.W. (2019). Implementing risk stratification to the treatment of adolescent substance use among youth involved in the juvenile justice system: Protocol of a hybrid type 1 trial. Addiction Science & Clinical practice, 14. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13722-019-0161-5

Aalsma, M.C., Schwartz, K., Haight, K.A., Jarjoura, G.R. & Dir, A.L. (2019). Applying an electronic health records data quality framework across service sectors: A case study of juvenile justice system data. eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes), 7(1), 1–10. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5334/egems.258

Aalsma, M.C., Schwartz, K. & Tu, W. (2018). Improving police officer and justice personnel attitudes and de-escalation skills: A pilot study of Policing the Teen Brain. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 57(7), 415-430. DOI: 10.1080/10509674.2018.1523819


Aalsma, M.C., Zerr, A.M., Etter, D.J., Ouyang F., Lewis A.G., Williams R.L., Hall J.A., & Downs, S.M. (2018). Physician intervention to positive depression screens among adolescents in primary care. Journal of Adolescent Health, 62, 212-218. DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2017.08.023

Aalsma, M.C., Anderson, V.R., Schwartz, K., Ouyang, F., Tu, W., Wiehe, S.E., & Rosenman, M.B. (2017). Preventative care use among justice-involved and non-justice-involved youth. Pediatrics, 140, DOI: 10.1542/peds.2017-1107. PMCID: PMC5990959

McCord Stafford, A., Garbuz, T., Adams, Z.W., Hulvershorn, L.A., Downs, S.M., & Aalsma, M.C. (2020) The natural course of adolescent depression treatment in the primary care setting. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. 38-46 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2019.07.002


Dir, A.L., Allebach, C.L., Hummer, T.A., Adams, Z.W., Aalsma, M.C., Finn, P.R., Nurnberger, J.I., & Hulvershorn, L.A. (2019) Atypical cortical activation during risky decision-making in disruptive behavior disordered youth with histories of suicidal ideation. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bpsc.2019.10.016

Ferrin, S.N., Grout, R.W., Gilbert, A.L., Wilkinson, T.A., Cheng, E.R., Downs, S.M., & Aalsma, M.C. (2019). Caregiver comfort in adolescents independently completing screening tablet-based questionnaires at primary care visits. Journal of Adolescent Health, 65, 799-804. https://doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2019.07.008

Holloway, E.D., Mootoo, C., Kirbiyik, U., & Aalsma, M. C. (2019). The role of education, participation in departmental decisions, and burnout in social support and consulting networks in juvenile probation departments. European Journal of Probation, 72-95 https://doi.org/10.1177/2066220319868023

Grout, R.W., Cheng, E.R., Aalsma, M.C., & Downs, S.M. (2019). Let them speak for themselves: Improving adolescent self-report rate on pre-visit screening. Academic Pediatrics, 581-588. DOI: 10.1016/j.acap.2019.04.010

Titles & Appointments

  • Jonathan and Jennifer Simmons Professor of Pediatrics
  • Adjunct Professor of Psychology
  • Adjunct Professor, Community and Global Health
  • Children's Health Services Research, Division Director

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