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John A. Talbott
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John A. Talbott M.D.

Academic Title: Clinical Professor
Primary Appointment: Psychiatry
Additional Title(s): Project Director, HELPERS-PRO Professionalism Project
Location: 110 S Paca, 4N149
Phone: (410) 328-2132
Fax: (410) 328-7096

Personal History:


  • Harvard College (AB, 1957)
  • Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (MD, 1961)
  • Internship at Strong Memorial/Rochester Municipal Hospital (1961-62)
  • Residency at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Presbyterian Hospital 1962-65

Faculty appointments

  • Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1963-1980
  • Cornell University Medical School, 1975-1985
  • University of Maryland Baltimore School of Medicine, 1985-present
  • President American Psychiatry Association, 1984-85
  • Director, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1980-1987
  • Editor, Hospital and Community Psychiatry/Psychiatric Services, 1981-2004

Research Interests:

Mental health services, chronic schizophrenia, chronic mental illness, deinstitutionalization

Clinical Speciality:

General psychiatry


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.