Matt Boone is a social worker, psychotherapist, and public 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 Creative Director of Clinical Content and, later, Clinical Director of Mental Health Coaching at Lyra Health, he co-designed and oversaw the clinical practice of Lyra’s mental health coaching program and offered workshops and webinars on mental health topics to workers in the tech industry and elsewhere. Lyra partners with businesses like Google, Facebook, eBay, Uber, and Amgen to provide evidence-based care to their employees.
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.
He is the editor of the book Mindfulness and Acceptance in Social Work and a recipient of the the Boston University School of Social Work Alumni Association award for outstanding contributions to the field of social work.
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 regularly gives ACT workshops around the country, and his introductory on-demand webinar is available from Praxis CET. He taught ACT at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Social Work for five years and has published a variety of articles and book chapters on ACT topics.
He has also worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where he served as the Acting Chief of Ambulatory Mental Health in Little Rock, overseeing 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. He also served on the dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) team and practiced evidence-based treatments for PTSD such as Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE).