Samantha Matlin, PhD

Samantha Matlin, PhD
CPHI Adjunct Fellow

Title: Director of Evaluation and Community Impact, Thomas Scattergood Behavoral Health Foundation

Public Health Interests:

Mental health, social determinants, population health, prevention, underserved

Current Public-Health Related Activities:

As a clinical community psychologist, I am committed to how contextual factors contribute to our health and the interventions we can do to improve the health status of communities. Our department is increasingly taking a public health approach to behavioral health. My role is in the conceptual development of this work to drive system change as well as overseeing large-scale public health initiatives, including our work with the Mural Arts Program and the implementation of Mental Health First Aid and behavioral health screenings. I am also a member of the City food access collaborative and the youth violence prevention collaborative.

Select Publications:

Evans, A.C. & Matlin, S.L. The future of behavioral health: Embracing a public health approach. Journal of Social Innovations, 2014, April.

Mohatt, N. V., Hunter, B., Matlin, S. L., Golden, J. H., Evans, A. C., Ansell, S. V., Tebes, J. K. “From recovery-oriented care topublic health: Case studies of participatory public art as a pathway to wellness for persons with behavioral health challenges.” Submitted to T he Arts in Psychotherapy Journal, 2014. Under review.

Matlin, S.L., Molock, S.D., & Tebes, J.K. (2011). Suicidality and depression among African American adolescents: T he role of family, peer, and neighborhood support. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry,81(1), 108-117.

Matlin, S. L., Evans, A. C. & Tebes, J. K. “Beauty, Connection, Healing, and Wellness: T he Role of Public Art in Promoting Behavioral Health.” In Mural Arts @ 30: Growing Up, Growing Out, Putting Down Roots, Golden, J. & Mural Arts Associates (ed). Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2014.