Jonathan Delman, PhD, JD

Senior Research and Evaluation Consultant


Jonathan Delman, PhD, JD (he/him/his) is a senior research and evaluation consultant to ICH. At ICH he is co-PI of the Youth Disparities in Recovery Services Evaluation funded by Office of Youth and Young Adult Services, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, Massachusetts.

Dr. Delman focuses his work on addressing the behavioral health needs and preferences of disenfranchised populations. Jon utilizes a community-based participatory action research (CBPR) approach, involving stakeholders in all aspects of the research process toward generating the most relevant and actionable findings and recommendations. He works with universities, government, providers, and community members to guide improvements in service quality, while examining the impact of intersectionality on health disparities. He is an adjunct Research Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, Transitions to Adulthood Research Center.

Dr. Delman’s work has been highly recognized. His collaborative research work with
young adults in the early 2000s identified serious mental health service gaps, and he helped guide the Massachusetts and federal governments’ development of youth driven service programs. For this effort and his own battle to overcome his mental illness, in 2008 Dr. Delman received a Robert Wood Johnson Leadership award, one of ten awarded nationally. And in 2018 Dr Delman was awarded a Switzer distinguished fellowship by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to study the vocational needs and preferences of Black young adults with mental illnesses [see Delman, J., & Adams, L.
B. (2022). Barriers to and facilitators of vocational development for Black young adults with serious mental illnesses. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 45(1), 1–10.]

Jon lives north of Boston with his wife Deborah. He enjoys hiking, sports (basketball big-time), strumming his guitar, and being a grandfather.