Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

David Lambert

Associate Research Professor
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Office Location

420 Wishcamper Center


(207) 780-4502


Education: Tulane University, B.A., 1972; Indiana University, M.A., 1974; Brandeis University, Ph.D., 1986.

Research Interests: access to mental health services in rural areas, integration of primary care and behavioral health, and rural managed behavioral health programs

Professor Lambert teaches courses on Economic Issues in Health Care and Mental Health Policy. Lambert directs the Mental Health Program Area within the Institute for Health Policy and has over 15 years of experience in conducting mental health research with a focus on projects that improve access to, quality and effectiveness of mental health care to vulnerable populations. Lambert is a nationally recognized rural mental health services researcher and is widely published in this area. His research has focused on access to mental health services in rural areas, particularly coordination of primary care and mental health, recovery models, and evidence-based practice. Lambert has been an invited speaker at numerous national conferences and expert work group sessions. He is the past President of the National Association for Rural Mental Health Association (2003-2005).


Date Titlesort descending Type
2010 Access to Mental Health Services and Family Impact of Rural Children With Mental Health Problems Working Paper
2012 Adolescent Alcohol Use: Do Risk and Protective Factors Explain Rural-Urban Differences? Working Paper
2010 Characteristics of Inpatient Psychiatric Units in Small Rural Hospitals Journal Article
2014 Integrated Care in Rural Areas Book Chapter
2008 Maine Barriers to Integration Study: Environmental Scan Report
2009 Maine Barriers to Integration Study: The View from Maine on the Barriers to Integrated Care and Recommendations for Moving Forward Report
2001 Medicaid Managed Behavioral Health in Rural Areas Report
2010 Mental Health Problems Have Considerable Impact on Rural Children and Their Families Research and Policy Brief
2009 Mental Health Services in Rural Jails Research and Policy Brief
2010 Mental Health Services in Rural Jails Working Paper
2015 New Jersey's Manage By Data Program: Changing Culture and Capacity to Improve Outcomes Report
2009 Rural Children Don't Receive the Mental Health Care They Need Research and Policy Brief
2007 Rural Inpatient Psychiatric Units Improve Access to Community-Based Mental Health Services, but Medicare Payment Policy a Barrier Report
2002 State Licensure Laws and the Mental Health Professions: Implications for the Rural Mental Health Workforce. Executive Summary Report
2008 Substance Abuse by Youth and Young Adults in Rural America Journal Article
2013 Telemental Health in Today's Rural Health System Research and Policy Brief
2015 Understanding the Business Case for Telemental Health in Rural Communities Journal Article
2005 Use of Critical Access Hospital Emergency Rooms by Patients with Mental Health Symptoms Journal Article
2008 Use of Mental Health Services by Rural Children Working Paper