Dr. Kalstabakken is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. She completed her PhD at the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota and her post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology and neuropsychology at the University of Minnesota Medical School.
Her clinical interests include using a developmental framework for supporting youth who are experiencing acute and chronic medical illness, including inpatient hospitalization. She does inpatient-consultation in which she collaborates with medical providers to support children and families staying in the children's hospital. Dr. Kalstabakken is a psychologist with the Pediatric Pain & Advanced/Complex Care Team (PACCT) and sees patients with chronic pancreatitis undergoing Total Pancreatectomy with Islet Autotransplantation (TPIAT). She has a special interest in medical trauma and is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Further, Dr. Kalstabakken conducts neuropsychological assessments for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and other neurodevelopmental disorders, metabolic disorders, neonatal complications, and for children who have experienced early adversity.
Dr. Kalstabakken's research interests include processes involved in risk and resilience and early screening/identification of children at risk for developmental and academic difficulties.
Dr. Kalstabakken is involved with the following clinics:
Pediatric Specialty Clinic
Total Pancreatectomy with Islet Autotransplantation (TPIAT)
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Follow-up Clinic
Metabolic Disorders Follow-up Clinic
Phenylketonuria (PKU) Follow-up Clinic