Faculty » Robin DiMatteo

Dr. DiMatteo’s research on the topic of health care delivery focuses on helping providers and medical systems to improve communication and treatment adherence, toward the goals of improving healthcare outcomes and reducing healthcare costs. She studies how information is gathered and conveyed between providers and patients, and within medical teams, and how trust and commitment to treatment adherence can be built and maintained over the course of management of long term chronic disease regimens. Dr. DiMatteo has developed a method of improving patient adherence that focuses on patients’ beliefs, behavioral constraints, depression, social support, illness severity, and provider-patient communication. She also examines the role of patients’ socio-economic vulnerabilities and health literacy, and has developed and validated training programs for providers and patients to improve communication and adherence. Dr. DiMatteo has spent her entire career at UC Riverside and is a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award. For more details on Dr. DiMatteo’s work, please visit her website: http://www.robindimatteo.com/

Selected Publications

Martin, L.R., Haskard Zolnierek, K.B., & DiMatteo, M.R. (2010). Health Behavior Change and Treatment Adherence: Evidence-Based Guidelines for Improving Healthcare. NY: Oxford University Press.

Martin, LR and DiMatteo, MR (Eds.). (2014). The Oxford Handbook of Health Communication, Behavior Change and Treatment Adherence. NY: Oxford Univ. Press.

Williams,SL., Haskard-Zolnierek, KB, and DiMatteo M.R. (in press). Improving Compliance with Health Regimens. Handbook of Clinical Psychology: Volume IV Psychopathology and Health. Washington DC: American Psychological Association.

Miller TA , Bannon BL and DiMatteo M.R. (in press). Interventions to improve treatment adherence among adolescents: A meta-analysis. The World Journal of Meta-analysis.

Sin, N. L., & DiMatteo, M.R. (2014). Depression treatment enhances adherence to antiretroviral therapy: A meta-analysis. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 47(3): 259-269.

DiMatteo M.R. and Miller, TA. (2013). Treatment Adherence in Adolescence. In Handbook of Adolescent Health Psychology Editors: William O’Donohue, Ph.D., Lorraine Benuto, Ph.D., & Lauren Woodward Tolle, M.A. NY: Springer.

DiMatteo, M.R.., Haskard-Zolnierek, K B. and Martin, LR (2011). Improving patient adherence: a three-factor model to guide practice. Health Psychology Review, Health Psychology Review, Volume 6 issue , 2012 pages 74-91

DiMatteo, M.R., Murray, C B., Williams, S L.(2009). Gender disparities in physician- patient communication among African American patients in primary care. Journal of Black Psychology. Vol 35(2): 204-227.

Haskard-Zolnierek, K.B. DiMatteo, M.R. (2009) Physician communication and patient adherence to treatment: A meta-analysis. Medical Care. 47(8):826-834

DiMatteo, M.R. (2004). Social support and patient adherence to medical treatment: A meta-analysis. Health Psychology, 23(2), 207-218.

DiMatteo, M.R. (2004). Improving adherence and quality of life through effective communication with children and their families. Patient Education and Counseling,55(3): 339-344

DiMatteo, M.R. (2004). Variations in patients’ adherence to medical recommendations: A quantitative review of 50 years of research. Medical Care.42(3):200-209.