Matt Hiller

Matt Hiller joined the Department of Criminal Justice in September 2004 as an Assistant Professor. He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Texas Christian University (TCU) in 1996. After graduation, Matt worked for 4 years at the Institute of Behavioral Research at TCU as an Associate Research Scientist. While at the IBR, his research focused on residential substance abuse treatment for probationers and parolees. This included his being an investigator on two projects funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) that completed process and outcome evaluations of a residential program for probationers. He also worked on another study that examined the TCU Drug Screen.

In July 2000, Matt moved to the University of Kentucky as a Research Assistant Professor. He worked at the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, where he was the principal investigator for 3 years for numerous process and outcome evaluations for drug courts in Kentucky. He was the principal investigator for an evaluation of a family drug court program and for a project that examined a pilot reentry court program. In addition, he was an investigator on projects funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) including, the Enhancing Drug Court Retention in a Rural State, Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment System, Health Service Use by Chronic Rural Drug Abusers, and HIV Risk Reduction among Rural Drug Abusers. He was the study director for the TOPPS II: Treatment Outcome and Performance Pilot Studies Enhancement project that examined several rural substance abuse treatment programs.

In Press

Hiller, M. L., Belenko, S., Taxman, F, Young, D., Perdoni, M., & Saum, C. Measuring drug court structure and operations: Key components and beyond, Criminal Justice and Behavior.


Hiller, M. L., Belenko, S., Welsh, W., Zajac, G., & Peters, R. H. Screening and assessment: An evidence-based process for the management and care of adult drug-involved offenders. In C. G., Leukefeld, J. Gregrich, & T. Gullotta (Eds.). Handbook on Evidence Based Substance Abuse Treatment Practice in Criminal Justice Settings. New York: Springer.


Salvatore, C., Henderson, J., Hiller, M. L., White, E., & Samuelson, B. An observational study of team meeting and status hearings in juvenile drug court, National Drug Court Review.



Hiller, M. L., Saum, C. A., & Taylor, L. (2010). Outcome evaluation of a DUI court, Offender Program Reports, 13(6), 81-93.


Hiller, M. L., Malluche, D., Bryan, V., DuPont, L., Martin, B., Abensur, R. L., Leukefeld, C. G., & Payne, C. (2010). A multi-site description of juvenile drug courts: Program models and during-program outcomes, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 54, 213-235.



Hiller, M. L., Narevic, E., Webster, J. M., Rosen, P., Staton, M., Leukefeld, C. G., Garrity, T. F. & Kayo, R. (2009). Problem severity and motivation for treatment in incarcerated substance abusers, Substance Use and Misuse, 44,28-41.



Saum, C. A. & Hiller, M. L. (2008). Should violent offenders be excluded from drug court participation? An examination of the recidivism of violent and nonviolent drug court participants, Criminal Justice Review, 33(3), 291-307.



Saum, C. A., O’Connell, D. J., Martin, S. S., Hiller, M. L., Bacon, G. A., & Simpson, D. D. (2007). Tempest in a TC: Changing treatment providers for in-prison therapeutic communities, Criminal Justice and Behavior, 34(9), 1168-1178.


Saum, C.A., Hiller, M.L., Leigey, M.E., Inciardi, J.A. & Surratt, H.L. (2007) Predictors of substance abuse treatment entry for crime-involved, cocaine-dependent women, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 91, 253-259.


Hiller, M. L., Leukefeld, C. G., Garrity, T. F., Godlaski, T., Schoeneberger, M. L., Townsend, M., Hascal, K. (2007). Client outcomes from rural substance abuse treatment, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 39(1), 59-68.



Leukefeld, C. G., Hiller, M. L., Webster, J. M., Staton-Tindal, M., Martin, S. S., Duvall, J., Tolbert, V. E., & Garrity, T. F. (2006). A prospective examination of high-cost health services utilization among drug using prisoners re-entering the community, Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 33(1), 73-85.


Hiller, M. L., Knight, K., & Simpson, D. D. (2006). Recidivism following mandated residential substance abuse treatment for felony probationers, The Prison Journal, 86(2), 230-241.

Hiller, M. L., Knight, K., Saum, C. A., & Simpson, D. D. (2006). Social functioning, treatment dropout, and recidivism of probationers mandated to a modified therapeutic community, Criminal Justice and Behavior, 33(6), 738-759.


Bryan, V., Hiller, M. L., & Leukefeld, C.G. (2006). A qualitative examination of the juvenile drug court treatment process, Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 6(4), 91-114.