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Holly Matto, MSW, PhD

Department of Social Work

Holly Matto

Dr. Matto (MSW, University of Michigan, PhD, University of Maryland) is Associate Professor in the College of Health and Human Services Department of Social Work at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She has over 15 years of research and practice experience in the field of addiction science and has conducted treatment intervention studies with diverse clinical populations. Recently she conducted a clinical trial with Inova Fairfax Hospital and Georgetown University’s Center for Functional and Molecular Imaging that used neuroimaging technology to examine functional brain change associated with behavioral health interventions for substance-dependent adults. She is currently working on the prototype development of a wearable device to manage stimulus cues and reduce drug relapse by detecting neurophysiological reactivity and delivering a device-activated personalized music and imagery intervention (a STEAM-H: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math – Health Initiative).


  • PhD, Social Work, University of Maryland, 2000
  • MSW, Clinical Social Work, University of Michigan, 1996
  • BFA, Art Therapy/Psychology, Ohio University, 1994