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Kathryn Van Eck, Ph.D.

Dr. Van Eck is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University and a clinical psychologist at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Her research focuses on developing strategies and approaches to engage at risk, underserved youth in mental health care. She is involved in several screening programs for substance use, suicidal behavior, trauma exposure, and mental health as a tool for engaging at risk youth in mental health care. She serves on a task force at KKI focused on embedding suicide screening in all its medical clinics. To further this work, she is collaborating with an interdisciplinary team at Hopkins to develop a brief substance use and mental health assessment with motivational interviewing for adolescents to tailor appropriate services and enhance engagement in mental health services.