Matthew L. Goldman, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University

Dr. Goldman recently completed his chief residency in psychiatry at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and he is currently an attending psychiatrist on an inpatient psychiatric unit caring for people with severe mental illness and comorbid substance use disorders. His research has focused on developing quality indicators, value-based payment models, and implementation strategies for physical and behavioral health care integration with support from the Commonwealth Fund, the United Hospital Fund, and the New York State Office of Mental Health. He is interested in developing design elements for a comprehensive crisis system that has the capacity to address the diagnosis, treatment and recovery needs of individuals experiencing a psychiatric crisis, including older Americans with severe mental illnesses, substance use disorders, and cognitive impairment. He completed medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, and received a master’s degree in Health and Medical Sciences with a focus in health policy from UC Berkeley.

Why I Applied to be a Fellow

"Ever since starting medical school, I have been interested in finding ways to expand access to healthcare for vulnerable populations. In the various projects that I’ve worked on since then in my medical and psychiatric training, and as I continue to pursue a career in behavioral health services research, it has repeatedly become apparent that many barriers to care will require systems-level solutions that intersect with health care policy and regulations, payment dynamics, and mechanisms for measuring quality and accountability. The Health and Aging Policy Fellowship provides an ideal curriculum to frame and enrich my experience while working at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration by orienting me to the multiple components of government that intersect to fundamentally influence how health care is delivered. I am thrilled to join a cohort of fellows and an alumni network to collaborate on this work now and into the future."