Faculty » Robin DiMatteo

Robin DiMatteo has spent her entire career at UC Riverside and is a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award. Since she was a graduate student under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Rosenthal, Robin has studied the micro-social environment of health care delivery. Her work on dyadic interactions in health care has focused on physicians, patients, and nurses. She is interested in interpersonal behavior including both providers' and patients' verbal and nonverbal communication, and she examines whether training programs for providers and patients can help close the communication gap. Robin also studies the measurement and prediction of patient adherence, focusing on patient knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, behavioral constraints, depression, social support, illness severity, and provider-patient communication as they affect patients' willingness and ability to follow a variety of preventive and treatment recommendations. Her current work involves the study of income and ethnic group disparities in provider-patient communication and in the promotion and maintenance of patient adherence to treatment. She is especially interested in the health care interaction process for patients from vulnerable populations.

Selected Publications

DiMatteo, M.R., Haskard, K.B., & Williams, S.L. (2007). Health beliefs, disease severity, and patient adherence: A meta-analysis. Medical Care, 45, 521-528.

Haskard, K.B., DiMatteo, M.R., & Heritage, J. (in press). Affective and instrumental communication in primary care interactions: Predicting the satisfaction of nurses and patients. Health Communication.

Williams, S.L., Haskard, K.B., & DiMatteo, M.R. (in press). The therapeutic effects of the physician-older patient relationship: Effective communication with socially and economically vulnerable older patients. Clinical Interventions in Aging.

DiMatteo, M.R., & Haskard, K.B. (2006). Further challenges in adherence research: Measurements, methodologies, and mental health care. Medical Care, 44(4), 297-299.

Martin, L.R., Williams, S.L., Haskard, K.B., & DiMatteo, M.R. (2005). The challenge of patient adherence. Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management, 1(3), 189-199.

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.

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

DiMatteo, M.R. Giordani, P.J, Lepper, H.S, Croghan, T.W. (2002). Patient adherence and medical treatment outcomes: A meta-analysis. Medical Care. 40, 794-811.

Rosenthal, R., and DiMatteo, M.R. (2001). Meta-analysis: Recent developments in quantitative methods for literature reviews. Annual Review of Psychology, 52, 59-82.

DiMatteo, M.R., Lepper, H.S., and Croghan, T.W. (2000). Depression is a risk factor for noncompliance with medical treatment: A meta-analysis of the effects of anxiety and depression on patient adherence. Archives of Internal Medicine, 160, 2101-2107.