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Ayelet Talmi, PhD

Associate Professor

Contact Info:

Children's Hospital Colorado
Phone: 720-777-6670
Email: Dr. Talmi

Clinical/Research Interests:
Dr. Talmi is interested in integrated mental health services in pediatric primary care, babies and young children with special health care and developmental needs, health outcomes research, and early childhood system/policy issues.
Secondary Appointment: Pediatrics

State of New York University at Binghampton  BA  1994    Summa Cum Laude 

University of Denver  MA  1997

University of Denver  PhD  2001

Member, Developmental Psychobiology Research Group, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Colorado Denver, 2002-present

Member, BLOOM Professional Developmental Committee, Department of Pediatrics, 2005-2008

Member, Early Childhood Systems Integration Task Force, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2005-2009

Member, Medical Home Advisory Task Force, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2006-2011

Member, Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) State Team, 2007-2015

Member, Healthy Mothers Colorado Task Force, 2008-2009 

Member, Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) State Advisory Group, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2011-present

Board Member and Secretary (2014-present), Colorado Children's Healthcare Access Program (CCHAP), 2012-present

Review and Referee Work:

  • Zero to Three Press (ad hoc reviewer), 2003
  • Infant Mental Health Journal (ad hoc reviewer), 2004-present
  • Journal of Pediatric Psychology (ad hoc reviewer), 2005-present
  • Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology (ad hoc reviewer), 2013-present
  • Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ad hoc reviewer), 2017-present


  • Society for Research in Child Development, 1995-2001, 2008-2009
  • American Psychological Association, 2000-2009
  • World Association for Infant Mental Health, 2001-present
  • Colorado Psychological Association, 2003-present
  • Colorado Association for Infant Mental Health, 2003-present [President-elect (2005–2007), President (2007–2009)]
  • Soceity of Pediatric Psychology, 2013-present


Selected Publications:

Shirk, S. R., Talmi, A., Olds, D. L. (2000). A developmental psychopathology perspective on child and adolescent intervention policy. Development and Psychopathology, 12, 835-855.

Taussig, H. N., & Talmi, A. (2001). Ethnic differences in risk behaviors and related psychosocial factors among a cohort of maltreated adolescents in foster care. Child Maltreatment, 6(2), 180-192.

Olds, D., Robinson, J., O’Brien, R., Luckey, D., Pettitt, L. M., Henderson, C., Ng, R., Sheff, K., Korfmacher, J., Hiatt, S., Talmi, A. (2002). Home visitation by nurses versus paraprofessionals: A randomized controlled trial. Pediatrics, 110(3), 486-496.

Talmi, A., & Harmon, R. J. (2003). Relationships between preterm infants and their parents: Disruption and development. Zero to Three, 24(2), 13-20.

Browne, J. V. & Talmi, A. (2005). Family-based intervention to enhance infant-parent relationships in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 30(8), 1-11.

Talmi, A., Jump V., & Goldman-Fraser, J. (2005). All alone: Promoting regulation during separations from intimate caregivers. Zero to Three, 25(6), 8 - 13.

Browne, J.V., & Talmi, A. (2008). Kangaroo mother care: One of the best things you can do for your fragile baby. Preemies Today6(5), 3, 5.

Browne, J. V. & Talmi, A. (2005). Family-based intervention to enhance infant-parent relationships in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Journal of Pediatric Psychology30(8), 1-11. (PMID: 16260436)

Talmi, A., Stafford, B., & Buchholz, M. (2009). Perinatal mental health where the babies are, in pediatric primary care. Zero to Three29(5), 10-16.

Buchholz, M. & Talmi, A. (2012). What we talked about at the pediatrician’s office: Exploring differences between Healthy Steps and traditional primary care visits. Infant Mental Health Journal33(3), 1 – 7.

Talmi, A. & Fazio, E. (2012). Promoting health and well-being in pediatric primary care settings: Using health and behavior codes at routine well-child visits. Journal of Pediatric Psychology37(5), 1 - 7. (PMID: 22427697)

Varda, D. M. & Talmi, A. (2013). A patient-centered approach for evaluating public health roles within systems of care for children with special healthcare needs. Frontiers in Public Health Services and Systems Research2(1), Article 7. Available at:

Schellinger, K. & Talmi, A. (2013). Off the charts? Considerations for interpreting parent reports of toddler hyperactivity. Infant Mental Health Journal34(5), 417-419.

Bunik, M., Talmi, A., Stafford, B., Beaty, B., Kempe, A., Dhepyasuwan, N., & Serwint, J. R. (2013). Pediatric Residency Integrated Survey of Mental Health in Primary Care: A National CORNET Study. Academic Pediatrics13(6), 551-557. (PMID: 24238682)

Bunik, M., Dunn, D. M., Watkins, L., & Talmi, A. (2014). Trifecta approach to breastfeeding: Clinical care in the integrated mental health model. Journal of Human Lactation30(2), 143-147. (PMID: 24595703).

Talmi, A., Bunik, M., Asherin, R., Rannie, M., Watlington, T., Beaty, B., & Berman, S. (2014). Improving developmental screening documentation and referral completion. Pediatrics134: 4 e1181-e1188. (PMID: 25180272).

Talmi, A., Lovell, J. L., Becker Herbst, R., Margolis, K. L., Muther, E. F., & Buchholz, M. (2015). Postdoctoral fellows’ developmental trajectories in becoming pediatric primary care psychologists. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology3(3), 233-240. 

Wong, S. & Talmi, A. (2015). Open communication: Recommendations for enhancing communication among primary care and mental health providers, services, and systems. Families, Systems, and Health33(2), 160 - 162. (PMID: 26053576).

Becker Herbst, R., Margolis, K. L., Millar, A., Muther, E. F., & Talmi, A. (2016). Lost in Translation: Identifying Behavioral Health Disparities in Pediatric Primary Care. Journal of Pediatric Psychology41, 481 - 491. (doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsv079, PMID: 26338958).

Hutchison, A. K., Kelsay, K., Talmi, A., Noonan, K., Ross, R. G. (2016). Thought disorder in preschool children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 47(4):618-626. DOI: 10.1007/s10578-015-0594-3. PubMed # 26429569 NIHMSID 727700

Talmi, A., Muther, E. F., Margolis, K., Buchholz, M., Asherin, R., & Bunik, M. (2016). The scope of behavioral health integration in a pediatric primary care setting. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsw065

Varda, D. M., Hardy R., Millar, A., & Talmi, A. (2016). Public health, mental health and primary care differences in urban and rural counties in a system of care for children with special healthcare needs. Health Systems and Policy Research3(3), 1-7. DOI: 10.21767/2254-9137.100041

Browne, J. V., Martinez, D., & Talmi, A. (2016). Infant mental health in the intensive care unit: Considerations for the infant, the family and the staff. Newborn & Infant Nursing Reviews16(4), 274-280.

Browne, J. V., & Talmi, A. (2016). Reflections on infant mental health practice, policy, settings, and systems for fragile infants and their families from prenatal and intensive care through the transition home and to community. Newborn & Infant Nursing Reviews16(4), 255-257.
Kelsay, K., Bunik, M., Buchholz, M., Burnett, B., & Talmi, A. (2017). Incorporating development into a multidisciplinary training model for integrated behavioral health within a pediatric continuity clinic. Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Clinics. Published online July 21, 2017 (ahead of print). DOI:

Co-Principal Investigator, Increasing Access to Behavioral Health Screening and Support in Aurora, BUILD 2.0, The BUILD Health Challenge, $550,00, 08/01/17 – 07/31/19

Principal Investigator, First 1,000 Days: Targeted Intervention, Caring for Colorado, $97,657, 03/01/17 – 02/28/18

Principal Investigator, First 1,000 Days, Rose Community Foundation, $209,000, 01/01/17 – 12/31/19

Co-Principal Investigator, Expanding Behavioral Health Treatment for Young Mothers, Denver Foundation Colorado Health Access Fund, $420,000, 06/01/16 – 05/31/19

Principal Investigator, First 1,000 Days, The Colorado Health Foundation, $308,700, 06/01/16 – 05/31/18

Principal Investigator, Integration of Behavioral Health in Pediatric Settings, Community First Foundation, $1,640,500, 10/06/15 – 05/31/18