Faculty & Staff

Elizabeth Talbott, PhD

Associate Professor

Elizabeth Talbott is an Associate Professor of Special Education.

She serves as past-president and co-chair of public policy for the Council for Exceptional Children's Division for Research (CEC-DR). 

In June of 2014, she participated in the Management Development Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, MA.

Talbott is a faculty member and co-chair of the curriculum committee for the National Center for Leadership in Intensive Intervention at Vanderbilt University, where UIC serves as a participating institution. 


PhD, University of Virginia, Special Education
MEd, University of Virginia, Special Education
BS, Virginia Tech, Psychology and English

Research & Teaching Interests

Dr. Talbott's research expertise is in the assessment and development of children and youth with social, emotional, learning, behavioral, and mental health disabilities, with a particular interest in youth in urban settings.

She has an interest in educational research and policy, as well as the study of effective IEP teams.

Selected Publications

Hughes, M. T., & Talbott, E. (2017). The Wiley Handbook of Diversity in Special Education. (Edited volume). Chichester, West Sussex, UK: John Wiley Press. http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118786971.html

Talbott, E., Maggin, D. M., & Van Acker, E.Y., & Kumm, S. (2017). Quality indicators for reviews of research in special education. Exceptionality, 1-21. http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/EHDnFqEt2j2bVmPg8wdn/full

Maggin, D. M., Talbott, E., Van Acker, E. Y., & Kumm, S. (2017). Quality indicators for systematic reviews and meta-analyses of special education research. Behavioral Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1177/0198742916688653

Talbott, E., Mayrowetz, D., Maggin, D. M. & Tozer, S. (2016). A distributed model of special education leadership for individualized education program teams. Journal of Special Education Leadership, 29(1), 23-31. 

Farmer, T.W., Sutherland, K. S., Talbott, E., Brooks, D., Norwalk, K., & Huneke, M. (2016). Special educators as intervention specialists: Dynamic systems and the complexity of intensifying intervention for students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 24(3): 173-186https://doi.org/10.1177/1063426616650166

Farmer, T. W., Gatzke-Kopp, L. M., Lee, D. L., Dawes, M., & Talbott, E. (2015). Research and policy on disability: Linking special education to developmental science. Policy Insights from Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1177/2372732215624217

Karabatsos, G., Talbott, E., & Walker, S. G. (2014). A Bayesian non-parametric regression model for meta-analysis. Methods of Research Synthesis. 6(1), 28-44. (Work supported by NSF grant #SES-1156372.) https://doi.org/10.1002/jrsm.1117

Talbott, E., Fleming, J., Karabatsos, G., & Dobria, L. (2011). Making sense of minority student classification into special education: School context matters. International Journal of Special Education, 26 (3), 150-170. http://www.internationaljournalofspecialeducation.com, member of the Directory of Open Access Journals, https://doaj.org/toc/0827-3383iles.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ959009.pdf

Atkins, M. S., Frazier, S. L., Leathers, S. J., Graczyk, P., Talbott, E., Jakobsons, L., Adil, J., Marinez- Lora, A., Demirtas, H., Gibbons, R. B., & Bell, C. C. (2008). Teacher key opinion leaders and mental health consultation in low-income urban schools. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 76 (5), 905-908. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0013036

Atkins, M.S., Frazier, S. L., Birman, D., Adil, J., Jackson, M., Graczyk, P. A., Talbott, E., Farmer, A.D., Bell, C. C., & McKay, M. (2006). School-based mental health services for children living in high poverty urban communities. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 33(2),146-159. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10488-006-0031-9

Talbott, E., & Fleming, J. (2003). The role of social contexts and special education in the mental health problems of urban adolescents. The Journal of Special Education, 37(2), 139-181.

Talbott, E., Celinska, D., Simpson, J., & Coe, M. (2002). "Somebody else making somebody else fight:" Aggression and the social context among urban adolescent girls. Exceptionality, 10, 203-220.

Mastropieri, M. A., Scruggs, T., Mohler, L., Beranek, M., Spencer, V., Boon, R. T., & Talbott, E. (2001). Can middle school students with serious reading difficulties help each other and learn anything? Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 16, 21-29.

Honors & Awards

Dr. Talbott was honored to give the inaugural presentation in the 2016-17 research-in-action speaker series at the School of Education in the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 

The title of her presentation was: Making Education Research Matter


Professional Affiliations & Activities

Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Research


National Center for Leadership in Intensive Intervention


UIC Center for Urban Education Leadership


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