27210-Walsh, Kate Lyn

Kate Lyn Walsh, PsyD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

705 Riley Hospital Drive
ROC 4270

Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Dr. Kate Lyn Walsh is the mental health coordinator for the Cystic Fibrosis center for Riley Hospital.  She is also a behavioral sleep psychologist in Riley Hospital’s sleep clinic. She is a graduate of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and holds a doctorate in clinical psychology. Dr. Walsh completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Walsh holds membership in numerous national professional societies including the American Psychological Association, the Society of Pediatric Psychology, and the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine. Her research focuses on the mental health of children and caregivers in chronic health conditions, adherence to treatment, and sleep disorders in children.

Titles & Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
  • Education
    2015 PsyD The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
    2010 MA Pace University
    2007 BA Emory University
  • Research

    Dr. Walsh is currently focusing on the impact of chronic health conditions, such as Cystic Fibrosis, on the levels of depression and anxiety in adolescents with the disease, as well as identifying other risk factors that affect psychological functioning.  Risk factors include other health conditions, current health status, and socio-emotional circumstances.  Dr. Walsh is also working to identify the mental health needs of caregivers of children with chronic health conditions, particularly following their child’s diagnosis.  Additional research interests include PAP adherence in children with obstructive sleep apnea, adherence to medical treatments, and the impact of chronic health conditions on sleep efficiency. 

  • Professional Organizations
    American Psychological Association
    Indiana Psychological Association
    Society for Behavioral Sleep Medicine
  • Clinical Interests

    Improving the rate of adherence for medical treatments in chronic health conditions, such as Cystic Fibrosis and Obstructive Sleep Apnea.  Identifying risk factors for higher rates of mental health diagnoses in children and adolescents with chronic conditions, as well as those mitigating factors that lower susceptibility to mental health issues.  Identifying ways to improve access and involvement in mental health treatment in patients with an already high burden of care.  Addressing behavioral causes of insomnia and the impact of increased access to electronics on higher rates of sleep disorders and overall insufficient sleep in children and adolescents.  

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