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NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Lita M. Talbot
Lita M. Talbot has been a leading exemplar, teacher and researcher of inter-disciplinary social work practice in health/mental health care throughout her 45-year career. She has taught in schools of medicine, public health, health administration and social work. As a research consultant to the Brooklyn Veterans Medical Center, Talbot was part of a national team that analyzed findings in the area of schizophrenia research. This research collected and compiled data from six medical centers around the country. Talbot also coordinated research for the Brooklyn VA Medical Center on the Persian Gulf Family Support Program from 1992-1995. This research was part of a national study in which 26 VA hospitals participated. She provided counseling services to veterans and their families, collected data, and submitted findings for a national report. She was a Robert Wood Johnson grant recipient and created a home-based geriatric care program with community support programs.
Talbot has consulted extensively to a range of agencies on quality improvement and quality management in clinical services and since 1991 has also been called as an expert witness to government panels on issues of health care practices and procedures, family and child abuse, psychosocial assessments and evaluations, and delivery of services.
Talbot served as a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Advisory Medical Education Council of New Jersey from 1987-1991 and on the Board of Trustees of Governor Christine Todd Whitman’s Commission on Home Care of New Jersey, which produced several publications on home healthcare standards for both public and private institutions.
Talbot worked in and then led hospital social work departments at Long Island Jewish Medical Center (1957-79); University of Maryland Medical System (1980-84); and Staten Island University Hospital (1986-90).
Talbot taught at a number of universities for more than thirty years, including the University of Maryland, where she was a clinical professor in psychiatry, family medicine, and social work; at the Wagner College in New York; New York University’s School of Social Work, Temple University in Philadelphia, Adelphi University, and SUNY at Stony Brook.
Lita Talbot has presented or organized and conducted more than 30 workshops, including presentations on education and community health systems in Staten Island; dual career couples; interdisciplinary aspects of discharge planning in Jacksonville, Florida; and was a presider at the Seventh National NASW meeting in Philadelphia, where she presented “Improving Staff Development and Training: Process and Progress from the Perspective of Three States.”
Lita Talbot received her B.A. from Queens College in 1955 and an MSW from Columbia University’s School of Social Work in 1957. She retired from the VA Medical Center and now serves as a consultant on strategic planning, quality management, and client satisfaction to a wide number of agencies and organizations.
Recognition and Awards
Talbot served on the Executive Committee of the National Society for Hospital Social Work Directors of the American Hospital Association (1980-1982); as chairperson of the Committee on Home Health Care for NASW (1978-80); and on numerous committees for the New York Metropolitan Chapter of the Society for Hospital Social Work Directors (1973-1980).