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John A. Talbott, MD

Academic Title:

Professor Emeritus

Primary Appointment:


Additional Title:

Project Director, HELPERS-PRO Professionalism Project


110 S Paca, 4N149

Phone (Primary):

(410) 328-2132


(410) 328-7096

Education and Training

I am a graduate of Harvard College, Class of 1957 (AB); Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (MD 1961); internship at Strong Memorial/Rochester Municipal Hospitals (1962); Residency at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital/New York State Psychiatric Institute (1965) and the Columbia University Psychoanalytic Center (1971).


 John A. Talbott, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Founding Director of the Professionalism Project, University of Maryland School of Medicine, is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Editor-Emeritus of Psychiatric Services, past president of the American Association of Chairmen of Departments of Psychiatry, past president of the American Psychiatric Association (1984-85) and former vice president of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  He has published twenty books and two hundred articles about mental health services, public policy and the chronic mentally ill.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Chronic mental illness Mental Health Policy Writing and Editing

Highlighted Publications

By Dr. Talbott
Talbott JA: The Death of the Asylum: A Critical Study of the State Hospital, Grune & Stratton, NYC, 1978.

Hales RE, Yudofsky SC, Talbott JA (editors): The American Psychiatric Press Textbook of Psychiatry, APPI, Washington 1984 (1st edition).

Talbott JA, Hales RE (editors: Textbook of Administrative Psychiatry: New Concepts for a Changing Behavioral Health System, APPI, Washington, 2001 (2nd edition)

About Dr. Talbott
Lamb HR: The Perspective of John Talbott: New Directions for Mental Health Services #37, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 1988 (in which key early papers are reprinted).

Goldman HH: Special Issue: Tribute to John A. Talbott, M.D., editor, Hospital and Community Psychiatry and Psychiatric Services 1981-2004, Psychiatric Services 55:1089-1191, 2004, in which key later papers are reprinted, commented on and books are re-reviewed.

Awards and Affiliations

1968 Bronze Star, United States Army

1975-1985 Best Doctors, New York Magazine (during the Cornell Years)

1980  Michael Peters Lecturer, Penn Foundation, Sellersville, Pennsylvania

1981  Human Service Award of the Mental Health Association of the Bronx and Manhattan

1981  Samuel B. Kutash Memorial Lecture, Essex County Mental Health Association, New York

1982  Nolan DC Lewis Award for Outstanding Contributions to Mental Health, Carrier Foundation, New Jersey

1984  Community Access, New York City, New York

1985-Present Best Docs, Baltimore Magazine (during the U. Maryland Years)

1985  National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Award for Distinguished Service

1985  Herman A. Dickel Memorial Lectureship, University of Oregon Health  Sciences Center, Portland, Oregon

1985  Andromeda Hispano Mental Health Center Certificate, Washington, D.C.

1985  Maine DMH & Maine Psychiatric Association for “Energetic Leadership and Advocacy on Behalf of Persons With Chronic Mental Illness and Their Families.

1985  Bronze Medal, 28th Annual International Film & TV Festival of New York for “In the Absence of Angels – A Report on the Homeless Mentally Ill.”

1986  American Psychiatric Association Administrative Psychiatry Award

1986  Arthur P. Noyes Memorial Lecture, Norristown State Hospital, Norristown, Pennsylvania.

1987  Herbert S. Ripley Lecture, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.

1987  Joseph B. Skobba Lecture, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

1987  Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Maryland, Award for National Leadership in Advocating for Quality Systems of Care

1990  Distinguished Faculty Award, University of Florida.

1992  National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Exemplary Psychiatrist Award

1993  Lawrence Kolb Award, Middletown, New York

1993  World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation, 1st Gralnick Foundation Lecture

1994  Excellence in Print Award (Silver) for the APPI Textbook of Psychiatry, Washington, DC

1995  St. Luke's House Community Service Award

1995  Speaker, 25th Anniversary of the Division of Community Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

1995-7 National Alliance for the Mentally Ill [NAMI], Exemplary Psychiatrist Award

1996  The Romanian League for Mental Health, Diploma, Bucharest, Romania

1997  The First Annual Samuel M. Smith Academic Lecture in Psychiatry, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

1997  American Psychiatric Association Arnold L. Van Ameringen Award in Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Washington, DC

1998  Herman A. Dickel Lectureship, Oregon Psychiatric Association, Portland

2001  NAMI-MD Lifetime Service Award, Linthicum, MD

2002  Outstanding Contributions and Leadership in the Field of Administrative Psychiatry, AAPA, Philadelphia, PA

2003   American Psychiatric Association, Special Presidential Commendation, San Francisco, CA.

2005-2006 Best Doctors in America

2006  Nancy C.A. Roeske, M.D., Certificate for Excellence in Medical Student Education of the American Psychiatric Association.

2007  William S. Hall Distinguished Visiting Professor in Public Psychiatry, University of South Carolina, Columbia S.C.

2007  Honorary Staff, Sheppard Pratt Health System, Baltimore MD

2008-9 University of Maryland School of Medicine Class of 2010 Teaching Commendation

2010 National Gold Humanism Honor Society member

In the News

An Advocate Who Doesn’t Give Up – A Profile of John A. Talbott MD, Anne B. Brown, editor, NARSAD Research Newsletter 13:3-5, 2001.

A Tribute to John A. Talbott, M.D., Howard H. Goldman MD, PhD and Donald Hammersley MD,  Psychiatric Services 55:1089, 2004

Are Doctors People Too? Hannah Feldman, Baltimore Magazine 154-157, 208, 210, 212

Med School Sees 'Professionalism' Key to Training Better Doctors: A former APA president advocates for professionalism in medical education and tackles curriculum reform. Lynne Lamberg, Psychiatric News August 3, 2007, p 3 – online at

Professional Activity

American Association of Community Mental Health Center Psychiatrists, Founding Member 1984 
American Association of Psychiatric Administrators, Member 1970, President 1985-86
American Association of Social Psychiatry, Fellow 1985 
American College of Mental Health Administration, Founding Fellow 1978 
American College of Psychiatry, Fellow 1980-2012
American Medical Association, 1965-
American Psychiatric Association, Member 1965-, Fellow 1972-, President 1984-85, Life Fellow 1999-, Distinguished Life Fellow 2003-, 50 year member 2015-
Baltimore City Medical Society 1985- 
Baltimore District of Columbia Society for Psychoanalysis 1986-
Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry 1977-2013, Chair, Committee on Psychiatry and Community 1982-1986, Board of Directors 1986-1989
Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of the State of Maryland 1986- 
Mental Health Association of Metropolitan Baltimore, Inc. 1985- 
New York Academy of Medicine, Fellow 1976 
New York Psychiatric Society 1983- 
Southern Psychiatric Association 1985- 
Vidonian Club 1984-, Secretary-Treasurer 1989-1991, 1999-