Substance Abuse Treatment, HIV/AIDS, Drug Courts, Juvenile Drug Courts, DUI Courts, Probation, Implementation Science, Prison, Parole, Motivation, Program Evaluation, Policy


Matthew Hiller, Ph.D. Graduated from Texas Christian University Department of Psychology in 1996, and currently he is an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University. Before coming to Temple in 2004, he was an assistant research professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Center on Drug and Alcohol Research at the University of Kentucky (2000-2004) and an associate research scientist at the Institute of Behavioral Research (1996-2000) at Texas Christian University Dr. Hiller’s research focuses broadly in the areas of substance abuse treatment in community and criminal justice settings, HIV/AIDS, and implementation science. He is particularly interested in understanding the substance abuse treatment process, seeking to understand the intra-individual changes made, as well as the internal and external contextual factors that influence whether change occurs and whether it is sustained following treatment.

He has worked on behavioral change related to HIV/AIDS with individuals in community-based methadone maintenance treatment, in prison, and on probation and parole. Related to this and illustrating his interest in implementation science, Dr. Hiller has studied organizational barriers related to improving the HIV/AIDS services continuum. Also, he has examined the effectiveness of organizational change interventions for this, as well as for improving the screening, assessment, and treatment referral processes for substance-abusing inmates in prisons and jails. Dr. Hiller has been a principal investigator on several funded projects, including evaluations of adult and juvenile drug courts in Kentucky and a DUI Court in Wisconsin. He has been a co-investigator on several high profile projects, including the Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Study I and II (CJDATS I and II) and Juvenile Justice Translational Research on Interventions for Adolescents in the Legal System (JJTRIALS). Currently, he is co-investigator and study director on a project that is conducting a randomized trial of a Contingency Management intervention with probationers.

Selected Publications

  • Visher, C. A., Hiller, M. L., Belenko, S. B., Pankow, J., Dembo, R., Frisman, L. K., Pearson, F. S., Swan, H., & Wiley, T. R. A. (2014). The effect of a local change team intervention on staff attitudes towards HIV service delivery in correctional settings: A randomized trial, Aids Education and Prevention, 26(5), 411-428.
  • Belenko, S. B., Hiller, M. L., & Hamilton, L. (2013).Treating substance use disorders in the criminal justice system, Current Psychiatry Reports, 15(11), 1-11.
  • Belenko, S. B., Hiller, M. L., Visher, C., Copenhaver, M., O’Connell, D., Burdon, W., Pankow, J., Clarke, J., & Oser, C. (2013). Policies and practices in the delivery of HIV services in correctional agencies and facilities: Results from a multi-site survey. Journal of Correctional Healthcare, 19(4), 293-310.
  • Hiller, M. L., Belenko, S., Taxman, F, Young, D., Perdoni, M., & Saum, C. (2010). Measuring drug court structure and operations: Key components and beyond, Criminal Justice and Behavior, 37(9), 933-950.
  • Hiller, M. L., Malluche, D., Bryan, V., DuPont, L., Martin, B., Abensur, R. L., Leukefeld, C. G., & Payne, C. (2010). A multi-site description of juvenile drug courts: Program models and during-program outcomes, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 54, 213-235.
  • Hiller, M. L., Leukefeld, C. G., Garrity, T. F., Godlaski, T., Schoeneberger, M. L., Townsend, M., Hascal, K. (2007). Client outcomes from rural substance abuse treatment, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 39(1), 59-68
  • Hiller, M. L., Webster, J. M., Narevic, E. Staton, M., Garrity, T. F., & Leukefeld, C. G. (2005). Prisoners with substance abuse and mental health problems: Use of health and health services utilization, American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 31(1), 1-20.
  • Hiller, M. L., Knight, K., Leukefeld, C. G., & Simpson, D. D. (2002). Motivation as a predictor of therapeutic engagement in mandated residential substance abuse treatment. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 29(1), 56-75.
  • Hiller, M. L., Simpson, D. D., Broome, K. M., & Joe, G. W. (2000). Legal status at intake and posttreatment incarceration: 12-month follow-up of methadone maintenance treatment. Journal of Maintenance in the Addictions, 1(4), 27-43.
  • Hiller, M. L, Knight, K., & Simpson, D. D. (1999). Risk factors that predict dropout from corrections-based treatment for drug abuse. The Prison Journal, 79(4), 411-430.
  • Hiller, M. L., Knight, K., & Simpson, D. D. (1999). Prison-based substance abuse treatment, residential aftercare, and recidivism. Addiction, 94(6), 833-842.
  • Hiller, M. L., Knight, K., Broome, K. M., & Simpson, D. D. (1998). Legal pressure and treatment retention in a national sample of long-term residential programs. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 25(4), 463-481.

Courses Taught

  • Psychology and Criminal Justice
  • Honors Psychology and Criminal Justice
  • Statistics
  • Research Methods
  • Criminal Justice Policy and Planning
  • Applied Multivariate Statistics (graduate)
  • Seminar in Individual Differences and Criminal Justice Treatment and Meta-Analysis (graduate)