Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Maine Rural Health Research Center, Population Health and Health Policy

Jean Talbot PhD, MPH

Research Associate
Jean Talbot PhD, MPH


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Phone: (207) 228-8480

Education: MA, Psychology, Mount Holyoke College, S. Hadley, MA; PhD, Clinical Psychology, Clark University, Worcester, MA; Post-doctoral Fellowship, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY; MPH, Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine.

A clinical psychologist by training, I focused in over ten years of practice on providing behavioral health interventions in inpatient facilities, community mental health agencies, university medical centers, and primary care. My encounters with vulnerable populations in these settings convinced me of the need for addressing health care disparities, improving service delivery, and understanding the impact of population-level risk factors on physical and behavioral health. In response to these insights, I became committed to a career in behavioral health policy analysis and services research.

My current portfolio of research with the Maine Rural Health Research Center at the University of Southern Maine includes Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the health status of rural residents; behavioral health disorders and service use in rural areas; evaluation of the Mental Health First Aid intervention for rural areas; and the role of CO-OP insurance plans in rural areas.

Please visit the Maine Rural Health Research Center to view or download additional Working Papers and Research & Policy Briefs authored by Jean Talbot.


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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