Amanda Kalstabakken, PhD, LP

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Amanda Kalstabakken

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-301-3381

Office Address:
Clinical Behavioral Neuroscience
Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain
2025 E. River Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Mailing Address:
Clinical Behavioral Neuroscience
Department of Pediatrics
2025 E. River Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55414
7962A (Campus Delivery Code)

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Psychology, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN

PhD in Child Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

MA in Child Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN


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
  • Inpatient Consultation
  • Total Pancreatectomy with Islet Autotransplantation (TPIAT)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Follow-up Clinic
  • Metabolic Disorders Follow-up Clinic
  • Phenylketonuria (PKU) Follow-up Clinic

Awards & Recognition

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2012-2016)


Teaching Areas

Dr. Kalstabakken is part of the training faculty for the University of Minnesota Medical School, APA-accredited psychology internship. She trains and supervises clinical psychology graduate students, interns, and fellows.