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Matt Tierney


Nurse practitioner

About me


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Matt Tierney is a nurse practitioner who cares for patients experiencing mental health and substance-related problems.

In research, Tierney focuses on how health systems manage patients with substance use disorders, including how providers engage with them, the effectiveness of federal and state treatment policies, and how well screening and interventions work. Additionally, he trains graduate students and practicing providers to provide mental health care and care related to substance use.

Tierney earned his master's degree in nursing from UCSF. He has national nursing certifications in psychiatric health and addiction. He has served as president of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

Outside of work, Tierney enjoys time with his family, including his wire fox terrier, Axel. He also sings bass and baritone with a local symphony chorus.

  • Education

    UCSF, MS, Nursing, 2000

  • Academic Title


I'm focused on improving access to validated, nonjudgmental mental health and addiction treatment everywhere and for everyone.

My work

A day in the life of an addiction specialist

Matt Tierney, a nurse practitioner who cares for patients with substance use disorders, shares his treatment philosophy and approach to research.

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