Professor Talbott grew up in West Virginia and earned her B.S., M.Ed., and Ph.D. degrees from Virginia institutions. She was a mental health worker at UVA's Blue Ridge hospital and a special education teacher in Albemarle County, VA schools. Dr. Talbott was a professor in special education at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) for 24 years, serving as department chair for 10 of those years. Her career has been devoted to the study and teaching of evidence-based practices for youth with social, emotional, behavioral, and learning disabilities.
Ph.D. in Special Education, University of Virginia
M.Ed. in Special Education, University of Virginia
B.S. in Psychology and English, Virginia Tech
ExpertiseProfessor Talbott studies, teaches, and promotes evidence-based practices in special education through:
- leadership and teamwork for youth with social, emotional, behavioral, and learning disabilities;
- gold standard systematic reviewing (Campbell Collaboration);
- open science; and
- public policy for young people with disabilities.
Activities and Honors
Professor Talbott is the chair of public policy and former president of the Council for Exceptional Children-Division for Research; she is a member of the disability coordinating group for the Campbell Collaboration; she is co-editor of the Wiley Handbook of Diversity in Special Education; and is Associate Editor of Exceptional Children, Behavioral Disorders, Journal of Learning Disabilities, and the Journal of Child and Family Studies.
Professor Talbott has published in the following top-tier journals: Journal of School Psychology, Behavioral Disorders, Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, and the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Her collaborative work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Science Foundation.