Katherine Hobbs Knutson

Medical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Faculty Fellow, Center for Child and Family Policy

Katherine Hobbs Knutson is an adult and child psychiatrist with experience in health services research and state Medicaid administration. Her research and administrative endeavors extend from her clinical practice in underserved community settings treating children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders that are significantly impacted by the social determinants of health.

Based on her clinical experiences, Knutson believes that prevention of and early targeted intervention for pediatric mental health problems would substantially improve health outcomes and lower costs across the multiple public systems serving children. She is using research and her roles as a clinician and administrator to develop the knowledge base to fuel these changes.

Knutson has conducted research that is directly applicable to improving mental health services and population health. Since 2015 within the Duke University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, she served as a co-investigator for research on emergency department utilization and a novel integrated behavioral health and general medicine model for youth with behavioral health problems. For the period 2014-15 she was the director of community psychiatry at the Children’s National Health System in Washington, DC, and she helped develop a telephone consultation program and conducted research on neighborhood characteristics associated with behavioral health problems in youth.

As a fellow with the Kraft Center for Community Health through Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners Healthcare in 2012-14, Knutson completed a Master’s Degree at the Harvard School of Public Health and conducted a pilot study of behavioral health integration with pediatric primary care. In 2013-14 she was the associate medical director for psychiatry with the Massachusetts Medicaid program. In that role, she advised on behavioral health aspects of state healthcare payment reform initiatives, and initiated development of a population-based predictive model for youth with behavioral health problems. Finally, she published analyses of utilization and legal aspects associated with state-funded child psychiatry telephone consultation programs for primary care clinicians aimed at improving behavioral health treatment for youth.


  • M.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine - 2007

Recent Publications (More Publications)

  • Hobbs Knutson, K; Meyer, MJ; Thakrar, N; Stein, BD (2018) Care Coordination for Youth With Mental Health Disorders in Primary Care. Clin Pediatr (Phila), 57, 5-10, [doi], [abs]
  • Hobbs Knutson, K (2017) Payment for Integrated Care: Challenges and Opportunities. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am, 26, 829-838, [doi], [abs]
  • Maslow, GR; Banny, A; Pollock, M; Stefureac, K; Rosa, K; Walter, BK; Hobbs Knutson, K; Lucas, J; Heilbron, N (2017) Preliminary Outcomes from an Integrated Pediatric Mental Health Outpatient Clinic. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am, 26, 761-770, [doi], [abs]
  • Shtasel, D; Hobbs-Knutson, K; Tolpin, H; Weinstein, D; Gottlieb, GL (2015) Developing a Pipeline for the Community-Based Primary Care Workforce and Its Leadership: The Kraft Center for Community Health Leadership's Fellowship and Practitioner Programs. Acad Med, 90, 1272-1277, [doi], [abs]
  • Hobbs Knutson, K; Masek, B; Bostic, JQ; Straus, JH; Stein, BD (2014) Clinicians' utilization of child mental health telephone consultation in primary care: findings from Massachusetts. Psychiatr Serv, 65, 391-394, [doi], [abs]