Meg Ann Traci

Research Associate Professor

Dr. Meg Ann Traci is a Developmental Psychologist with expertise in early childhood and life-span development. Dr. Traci is the Knowledge Broker on the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities, drawing on over 25 years of experience in grant writing and a productive program of research, development, and systems change.

She is: a research associate professor at the University of Montana Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities; co-chair of the Human and Family Development minor; and a faculty affiliate in the School of Public and Community Health Sciences. She is the senior consultant on the Montana Disability and Health Program, a partnership with the Montana Department of Health supported through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

She has published numerous articles covering a range of topics including early intervention, systems advocacy, healthy communities, and public health and health promotion. She received the 2009 Rehabilitation Award from the Montana Association for Rehabilitation.

Dr. Traci currently serves as Immediate Past Chair of the Disability Section for the American Public Health Association.



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Current Projects

Montana Disability & Health Program

Established in 2002, the Montana Disability and Health (MTDH) Program is a partnership of the Department of Public Health and Human Services (MDPHHS) and The University of Montana Rural Institute (UMRI). MTDH collaborates with a wide range of community partners and people with disabilities, nationally recognized experts, and resource centers in selected areas.


Rural Disability Hub for COVID-19 Vaccination Outreach

Connecting with rural partners to promote COVID-19 vaccination

The Rural Disability Hub for COVID-19 Vaccination Outreach is a partnership with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), and our rural disability champions, to address structural barriers to vaccination and improve rural understandings about COVID-19 and vaccination issues affecting people with disability. We will use local focus groups to: 1) curate community-informed and materials and outreach strategies, and 2) develop recommendations for addressing structural barriers to vaccination. The Hub will disseminate rural outreach materials and strategies through multiple established disability, health care, public health, and other partners at the local, state and national levels, and will share information and lessons learned through the AUCD network.