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COVID-19 Webinar: Understanding Mental Distress Among Children Receiving Homecare during COVID-19

  • Friday, December 04, 2020
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Webinar



Understanding Mental Distress Among Children Receiving Homecare during COVID-19

Friday, December 4, 2020 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join Dr. Luke Kalb as he discusses mental health among children during the COVID-19 pandemic. This will help us all learn how to support children who are vulnerable during this difficult time. This session will take a closer look at the lives and emotional health of children who require care at home, particularly those with developmental disabilities. There are important lessons to be learned about how the pandemic is affecting children of all abilities. 

This session will be moderated by Noson Weisbord.


Dr. Luther Kalb

Dr. Luther (Luke) Kalb is a public health researcher. Since the onset of COVID-19, his epidemiologic research has explored how the pandemic has affected the mental health of adults and children. Surprisingly, mental distress is higher in young people than in older populations! 

Prior to COVID-19, Dr. Kalb’s research aimed to improve mental health outcomes among vulnerable populations, especially youth with a developmental disability. His primary research interests involve understanding the phenomenology, epidemiology, and treatment of mental health crises. In addition, his research includes 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 and Related Disorders and serves as a faculty researcher in the Department of Neuropsychology. 

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. He has published dozens of articles in peer-reviewed journals and his work has been featured by Reuters, AAP News, WebMD, the San Francisco Chronicle, Pew Research, and FOX45 News in Baltimore.

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