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Matthew Tierney, MS, CNS, ANP, PMHNP, FAAN


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Matt Tierney is ANCC certified as a PMHNP and an ANP, and is also a CARN-AP who additionally hold a California CNS license. His roles at APNA include Chair of the Addictions Council from 2013 to 2018, and past roles include the LACE Steering Committee, and the Nominations Committee on the National Level.

"Hi.  My work focuses on improving access to substance use treatment by creating innovative clinical programs and by training clinicians, with a keen focus on reducing the impact of the national opioid epidemic. De-stigmatization and provider empowerment always comprise the heart of my work.  I helped found, and then for 13 years directed, the nation’s first clinic dedicated to buprenorphine treatment initiation and stabilization, a program that informs the creation of similar “hub and spoke” models for addictions treatment nationally.  That program continues to be nurse-led and operated.  For ten years I have been faculty for the federally-mandated education programs required to prescribe buprenorphine, training hundreds in this essential treatment modality long before the federal government permitted nurses to prescribe this medication thanks to the 2016 CARA legislation.  I continue to work on expanding access and treatment authority for nurses--full practice scope must be allowed!  I Chaired APNA's Addictions Council from 2013 to 2018, and in that role I helped develop APNA's free on-line nursing CEUs to address the opioid epidemic.  I also represent APNA as the sole nurse member on the National Academies Forum on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders.  I have disseminated addiction treatment education at Universities, community colleges, not-for-profit and public health venues, at conferences and educational forums, and in book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles."

Matt holds a Master of Science degree from UCSF, is Clinical Faculty at the UCSF School of Nursing, and is Clinical Director of Substance Use Treatment and Education for the Office of Population Health at UCSF Health.

Expert Knowledge Areas

  • Education
  • Integrated Physical & Mental Health Care
  • Military
  • Mood Disorders
  • Substance Use Disorders