Matt Boone, LCSW is a social worker, psychotherapist, writer and speaker who specializes in translating mental health concepts for the general public. His latest book is Stop Avoiding Stuff: 25 Microskills to Face Your Fears and Do It Anyway, co-authored with Jennifer Gregg and Lisa Coyne.
As the Clinical Director of Mental Health Coaching at Lyra Health, he co-designed and oversaw the clinical development of Lyra’s mental health coaching program. As Creative Director of Clinical Content, he developed and presented workshops and webinars on mental health topics for workers at Google, Facebook, eBay, Uber, Amgen and other companies.
He currently serves on the Clinical Advisory Board of Brightline, a startup dedicated to bringing exceptional behavioral health care to kids, teens, and their families.
At Cornell University, he oversaw the development of Let's Talk, an outreach program designed to reach underserved communities that has since been replicated at nearly 100 other colleges and universities.
He currently serves as the Director of Programming and Outreach at the Student Wellness Program (SWP) of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry.
Matt practices and trains other professionals in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), an evidence-based intervention for a broad spectrum of health and mental health problems. He is an Association of Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) peer-reviewed ACT trainer and a former consultant for the VA ACT for Depression training rollout. He taught ACT at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Social Work and is the editor of the book Mindfulness and Acceptance in Social Work. He blogs on ACT-related subjects at Psychology Today.
He has also worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where he served as the Acting Chief of Ambulatory Mental Health in Little Rock, helping to oversee a large portion of the mental health outpatient services in Arkansas. He cofounded the VA’s first multidisciplinary eating disorders team and helped establish one of its earliest clinics for transgender veterans.
His mom is shocked he's wearing a coat in the picture to the left. She would prefer he was wearing a tie as well.