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Luther Kalb, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

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Kennedy Krieger Institute
3901 Greenspring Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21211


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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2017
MHS, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2008
BA, University of Baltimore, 2006


I am a public health researcher whose work seeks to improve mental health outcomes among vulnerable populations, especially youth with a developmental disability. At present, I am engaging in three major lines of work: 1) advancing efficient and effective methods to improve college student wellbeing; 2) understanding the phenomenology, epidemiology, and treatment of mental health crises; and 3) accelerating measurement-based care through the use of health information systems and emerging technologies.

Honors and Awards

2018 NIMH CHIPS Fellow

2016 Morton Kramer Award for Excellence in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, JHBSPH

2015 Wendy Klag Scholar, JHBSPH

2015 NIMH New Investigators Workshop, Selected Invitee

2013 NIMH Children Services Training Pre-doctoral Fellow, JHBSPH

  • mental health crisis
  • pediatric mental health
  • developmental disabilities
  • measurement
  • selection bias
  • informatics
  • wellness and well-being
  • learning health systems

Representative Publications

  • Kalb, L., Hagopian, L., Gross, A., & Vasa, R. (2018) Psychometric Characteristics of the Mental Health Crisis Assessment Scale in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (Epub; doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12748).
  • Kalb, L., Stuart, E., Mandell, D., Olfson, M., & Vasa, R. (2018) Management of Mental Health Crises among Children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder: A National Survey of Child Psychiatrists. Psychiatric Services (Epub; doi: 10.1176/
  • Kalb, L., Stuart, E., Vasa, R. (2018). Characteristics of Psychiatric Emergency Department Use among Privately Insured Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism. Epub, doi: 10.1177/1362361317749951
  • Kalb, L., Stapp, E., Ballard, E., Holingue, C., Keefer, A., & Riley, A. (2019). Trends in Psychiatric Emergency Department Visits among Youth and Young Adults in the US. Pediatrics. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2018-2192
  • Kalb, L., Stuart, E., Freedman, B., Zablotsky, B., & Vasa, R. (2012). Psychiatric-related Emergency Department Visits among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Pediatric Emergency Care 28 (12), 1269-1276