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Assistant Professor

Luther G Kalb, PhD '17, MHS '08, uses data to improve the well-being of children and adolescents, particularly those with neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Contact Info

Kennedy Krieger Institute, 3901 Greenspring Avenue

Research Interests

mental health crisis; pediatric mental health; developmental disabilities; measurement; selection bias; informatics; wellness and well-being; learning health systems
Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
University of Baltimore
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. First, I am working to understand the phenomenology, epidemiology, and treatment of mental health crises. Much of this work is focused on health service research, including evaluating the interplay between outpatient care, inpatient treatment, and emergency department use. I have also led the development of the Mental Health Crisis Assessment Scale, which is being deployed in several outpatient studies across the US. Second, I co-lead the informatics program at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, where we are accelerating measurement-based clinical care through the use of health information systems. Third, I have a developing interest in advancing public health through the lens of positive mental health and well-being.
Honors & Awards
2020 Goldstein Award, Kennedy Krieger Institute
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
Select Publications
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