Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Population Health and Health Policy

David Lambert

Associate Research Professor
David Lambert


420 Wishcamper Center

Contact Information

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

Nellie Mae Education Foundation nominates Pious Ali for the Lawrence W. O'Toole Award

Pious Ali

Pious Ali, Youth and Community Engagement Specialist in Cutler’s Children, Youth, and Families Programs, has been nominated for the Lawrence W. O’Toole Award by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. Pious is one of six nominees from the New England states.

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation believes that student-centered learning – where learning is personalized, engaging, competency-based and not restricted to the classroom – will prepare young people to graduate high school ready to contribute to their communities and succeed. This award is given out each year to an individual, school district, or non-profit that has exhibited great leadership in moving student-centered approaches to learning forward in the New England region.

The winner will be selected by online voting and will be awarded a $100,000 grant to help advance student centered learning!


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