Matthew C. Aalsma, MA, PhD, HSPP
Professor of Pediatrics
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).
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Indianapolis, IN 46202
Titles & Appointments
- Adjunct Professor of Psychology
Dr. Aalsma focuses on 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.
Perceived Police Injustice, Moral Disengagement, and Aggression Among Juvenile Offenders: Utilizing the General Strain Theory Model.
Trends in Use and Cost of Second-Generation Antipsychotics Among Children and Teens in Indiana Medicaid, 2004-2012.
Perspectives of family medicine physicians on the importance of adolescent preventive care: a multivariate analysis.
Research on Clinical Preventive Services for Adolescents and Young Adults: Where Are We and Where Do We Need to Go?
The effects of racial heterogeneity on mental health: A study of detained youth across multiple counties.
Job-related burnout among juvenile probation officers: Implications for mental health stigma and competency.
Behavioral Health Care Needs, Detention-Based Care, and Criminal Recidivism at Community Reentry From Juvenile Detention: A Multisite Survival Curve Analysis.
Differences in risk behaviours, HIV/STI testing and HIV/STI prevalence between men who have sex with men and men who have sex with both men and women in China.
Intimate Partner Violence and Correlates With Risk Behaviors and HIV/STI Diagnoses Among Men Who Have Sex With Men and Men Who Have Sex With Men and Women in China: A Hidden Epidemic.
Test positivity for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis infection among a cohort of individuals released from jail in Marion County, Indiana.
A statewide collaboration to initiate mental health screening and assess services for detained youths in Indiana.
Developmental trajectories of religiosity, sexual conservatism and sexual behavior among female adolescents.
Barriers and facilitators to treatment participation by adolescents in a community mental health clinic.
"Straight up": enhancing rapport and therapeutic alliance with previously-detained youth in the delivery of mental health services.
Use of outpatient care by juvenile detainees upon community reentry: effects of mental health screening and referral.
Can lay health workers promote better medical self-management by persons living with HIV? An evaluation of the Positive Choices program.
Longitudinal effects of health-harming and health-protective behaviors within adolescent romantic dyads.
The consequences of juvenile detention reform for mental health and sexually transmitted infection screening among detained youth.
An exploration of community reentry needs and services for prisoners: a focus on care to limit return to high-risk behavior.
Initial promising results of the dynamic locking blade plate, a new implant for the fixation of intracapsular hip fractures: results of a pilot study.
The dynamic locking blade plate, a new implant for intracapsular hip fractures: biomechanical comparison with the sliding hip screw and Twin Hook.
Biomechanical evaluation of the vertebral jack tool and the inflatable bone tamp for reduction of osteoporotic spine fractures.
Design of a rotational hydroelastic actuator for a powered exoskeleton for upper limb rehabilitation.
The influence of endplate-to-endplate cement augmentation on vertebral strength and stiffness in vertebroplasty.
Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
Society for Research in Adolescence
Society for Research on Child Development