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Assistant Professor, Kennedy Krieger Institute
Kennedy Krieger Institute

3901 Greenspring Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21211
United States

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Dr. Luther (Luke) Kalb received his PhD from the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. During his studies, he received an NIMH Children’s Mental Health Services research fellowship, the Morton Kramer award for excellence in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, an F-31 award through NICHD, and was named a Wendy Klag Center Scholar.


Dr. Kalb’s research focuses on improving mental health outcomes among vulnerable populations, with a particular focus on youth and individuals with a developmental disability. His primary research interests involve understanding the phenomenology, epidemiology, and treatment of mental health crises. His research portfolio also extends to assessing the effectiveness of community-based mental health programs, epidemiology of health services, psychometrics and measure development, and use of health information systems to improve clinical care.

Recently, his research and teaching have focused on positive mental health and well-being. This can be seen in his course “Public Health and the Good Life”, which is taught at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he is Assistant Professor in the Department of Mental Health. This is also evinced by his research and collaborations as Chair of the National Research Consortium on Mental Health in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

At Kennedy Krieger, Dr. Kalb is director of the Informatics Program at the Center for Autism Services, Science and Innovation (CASSI™, formerly known as the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, or CARD) and serves as a faculty researcher in the Department of Neuropsychology. He also leads the Institute’s Clinical Informatics Program, alongside Dr. Lisa Jacobson. Dr. Kalb has authored over 30 scientific publications and his work has been supported by federal agencies and private foundations. 

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Research Publications

Vasa, R. A., Hagopian, L., & Kalb, L. G. (2020). Investigating mental health crisis in youth with autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research, 13(1), 112-121.

Kalb, L., Jacobson, C., Zisman, E. Mahone, Rebecca Landa, G. Azad, D. Menon, V. Singh, A. Zabel, and A. Pritchard. "Interest in Research Participation Among Caregivers of Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders." Journal of autism and developmental disorders 49, no. 9 (2019): 3786-3797.

Kalb, L. G., Stapp, E. K., Ballard, E. D., Holingue, C., Keefer, A., & Riley, A. (2019). Trends in psychiatric emergency department visits among youth and young adults in the US. Pediatrics, 143(4), e20182192.

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 59(1), 48-56.

Kalb, L., Stuart, E., Mandell, D., Olfson, M., & Vasa, R. (2017) Management of Mental Health Crises among Children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder: A National Survey of Child Psychiatrists. Psychiatric Services 68(10), 1039-1045.