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Matthew E. Hirschtritt, MD, MPH

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Kaiser Permanente Division of Research
2000 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

510-891-3400 (phone)


Matthew Hirschtritt is a physician researcher with The Permanente Medical Group Delivery Science & Applied Research Physician Researcher Program. He is also an Associate Physician in the Department of Psychiatry of The Permanente Medical Group (Oakland, CA), an Adjunct Investigator in the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research, and Assistant Program Director for Research in the Kaiser Permanente Oakland Psychiatry Residency Training Program. He is also a Volunteer Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences. The overarching goals of his research include improving equitable access to, quality of, and cost-effectiveness of mental health detection and treatment, focusing on underserved and marginalized communities.

Dr. Hirschtritt's investigative work has involved diverse mental health-related topics, including characteristics and treatments for obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette syndrome, adolescent depression and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and substance use disorders. His work has also examined the interrelationship between adolescent resiliency, peer victimization, and suicidal ideation. More recently, his work has focused on the distribution, provision, and quality of mental health care in the United States, which has involved addressing mental health stigma (specifically the harmful implications of attributing gun violence exclusively to mental illness) and psychotropic prescription patterns using nationally representative data.

In addition to his research experience, Dr. Hirschtritt has worked in various clinical psychiatric settings, including inpatient units in a safety-net, academically affiliated, and private hospitals, psychiatric emergency services, and outpatient services (including interdisciplinary clinics focused on the needs of sexual minority adults and young adults with new- or recent-onset psychosis). He is an enthusiastic educator, having designed an online curriculum for the National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative.

Following completion of his undergraduate degree in psychology from Cornell University, Dr. Hirschtritt joined the National Institute of Mental Health as an Intramural Research Training Award recipient. He then completed his pre-medical, postbaccalaureate coursework at Johns Hopkins University, and, before beginning medical school, served as a research associate in the Yale Child Study Center. As a student in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, a five-year program dedicated to training clinician-scientists, Dr. Hirschtritt completed additional coursework in public health (leading to an MPH degree), and first came to UCSF as a Doris Duke Clinical Scholar, where he completed residency training in adult psychiatry and fellowship training in forensic psychiatry.


Current Position(s):

Section Affiliations:

  • Behavioral Health and Aging

Primary Research Interests:

  • Mental health services
  • Early psychosis
  • Triage and diagnosis of mental health issues
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Psychiatric epidemiology
  • Mental health technology
  • Telehealth

    A Model to Predict Psychosis Risk from Electronic Health Records Using Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning

    This study will apply sentiment analysis — a form of natural language processing — to electronic health records to create a risk score for psychosis among adolescent and young adult Kaiser Permanente members. The findings will be used to establish a foundation for technology-assisted identification of at-risk patients and to offer these patients information and resources to address psychotic symptoms.
    Investigator: Hirschtritt, Matthew
    Funder: Garfield Memorial Fund
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    Patient and Visit Characteristics Associated With Physical Restraint Use in the Emergency Department

    Author(s): Walia, Harbir; Tucker, Lue-Yen S; Manickam, Raj N; Kene, Mamata V; Sharp, Adam L; Berdahl, Carl T; Hirschtritt, Matthew E

    Perm J. 2022 Dec 04:1-9.

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    A Novel Introduction to Transgender and Nonbinary Mental Health

    Author(s): Frawley, Erin M; Norris, Ryan; Chen, Ingrid L; Hirschtritt, Matthew E

    Acad Psychiatry. 2022 Dec;46(6):787-788. Epub 2022-05-03.

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    Walking the Benzodiazepine High Wire

    Author(s): Kroenke, Kurt; Hirschtritt, Matthew E

    Psychiatr Serv. 2022 Nov 02:appips202100671.

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    Cost-Effectiveness of Motivational Interviewing to Reduce Alcohol and Cannabis Use Among Patients With Depression

    Author(s): Satre, Derek D; Parthasarathy, Sujaya; Young-Wolff, Kelly C; Meacham, Meredith C; Borsari, Brian; Hirschtritt, Matthew E; Van Dyke, Lucas; Sterling, Stacy A

    J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2022 Sep;83(5):662-671.

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    A Brief Course on Forensic Psychiatry Principles

    Author(s): Weiner, Stephen; Lingafelter, Nathan; Ali, Musaab; Wu, Johnathan; Walia, Harbir; Wasser, Tobias; Hirschtritt, Matthew E

    Acad Psychiatry. 2022 Jul 19.

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    Association Between Prenatal Cannabis Use and Psychotropic Medication Use in Pregnant Patients With Depression and Anxiety

    Author(s): Hirschtritt, Matthew E; Avalos, Lyndsay A; Sarovar, Varada; Ridout, Kathryn K; Goler, Nancy C; Ansley, Deborah R; Satre, Derek D; Young-Wolff, Kelly C

    J Addict Med. 2022 Jul-Aug 01;16(4):e269-e273. Epub 2022-01-22.

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    Agreement between Youth Self-Report and Biospecimen-Confirmed Substance Use: A Systematic Review

    Author(s): Folk, Johanna B; Hirschtritt, Matthew E; McCrary, Quincy D; Kalapatapu, Raj K

    Subst Use Misuse. 2022;57(4):531-538. Epub 2022-01-04.

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    Psychotropic medication prescribing during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Author(s): Hirschtritt, Matthew E; Slama, Natalie; Sterling, Stacy A; Olfson, Mark; Iturralde, Esti

    Medicine (Baltimore). 2021 Oct 29;100(43):e27664.

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    Trends in Ethnicity, Race, and Sex Among Psychiatry and Non-psychiatry Residency Applicants, 2008-2019

    Author(s): Chen, Ingrid L; Koleilat, Issam; Choinski, Krystina; Phair, John; Hirschtritt, Matthew E

    Acad Psychiatry. 2021 Aug;45(4):445-450. Epub 2021-04-06.

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    Cannabis Use Among Patients With Psychotic Disorders

    Author(s): Hirschtritt, Matthew E; Young-Wolff, Kelly C; Mathalon, Daniel H; Satre, Derek D

    Perm J. 2021 05 12;25. Epub 2021-05-12.

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    Mental Health Services in a U.S. Prison During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Author(s): Burton, Paul R S; Morris, Nathaniel P; Hirschtritt, Matthew E

    Psychiatr Serv. 2021 04 01;72(4):458-460. Epub 2021-01-05.

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    Telepsychiatry, Hospitals, and the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Author(s): Morris, Nathaniel P; Hirschtritt, Matthew E

    Psychiatr Serv. 2020 12 01;71(12):1309-1312. Epub 2020-09-16.

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    Are Substance Use and Bullying Perpetration Two Sides of the Same Coin?

    Author(s): Hirschtritt, Matthew E

    J Adolesc Health. 2020 09;67(3):311-312.

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    Drug Formularies in Correctional Settings

    Author(s): Morris NP; Hirschtritt ME; Tamburello AC

    J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2020 03;48(1):2-6.

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