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Jonathan Brown, PhD

Senior Fellow and Director of Behavioral Health, Mathematica

About Jonathan Brown, PhD

Jonathan Brown is a health services researcher whose work focuses on improving the quality and outcomes of services for adults and children with mental health and substance use disorders. Much of his work has evaluated the implementation and outcomes of innovative programs to integrate and coordinate care. He is currently evaluating the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Demonstration and recently completed a national evaluation of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration Program. He also provides evaluation support for state Medicaid Section 1115 Demonstrations focused on serious mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, and substance use disorders. His past work involved developing and evaluating interventions to improve early identification and engagement of children, adolescents, and their families in mental health care. He was a co-investigator of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Mental Health Services in Pediatric Primary Care and piloted mental health skills training interventions for pediatric medical assistants with support from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Brown has worked with state agencies, managed care organizations, and hospitals to develop, validate, and use behavioral health quality measures. Many of these measures have been endorsed by the National Quality Forum and adopted into reporting programs. He has served on expert panels for the Institute of Medicine, National Quality Forum, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; he most recently served on the National Quality Partners Action Team for Serious Mental Illness and the National Quality Forum Panel on Same Day Access to Mental Health Care for Veterans.

His work has been published in issue briefs and peer-reviewed journals, including Pediatrics, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Health Affairs, Psychiatric Services, and Administration and Policy in Mental Health. He holds a Ph.D. in health services research and an M.H.S. in mental health from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.