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).
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Policy Brief on Federal Health Care Reform
In this policy brief, Dr. Andrew Coburn of the Muskie School discusses three of the main components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA): health insurance coverage, delivery system improvement, and cost containment, highlighting some of the provisions of the law that have already been implemented and those where important implementation decisions will have to be made.