Kathryn A. Ellerbeck, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P

Kathryn Ellerbeck
  • Associate Professor, Pediatrics, KUMC


Dr. Kathryn Ellerbeck is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Ellerbeck is a developmental pediatrician in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and is currently the co-Director of KU’s HRSA funded Leadership in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program. The LEND Program provides training to graduate and post-graduate level professional from a variety of disciplines to prepare them to become future leaders in the field of Developmental Disabilities. Developmental Pediatrics (formerly the CCHD) in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics serves as the major site for interdisciplinary team diagnosis of children with developmental disability for the state of Kansas. Dr. Ellerbeck has expertise in diagnosis and management of children and adolescents with developmental disabilities.
Dr. Ellerbeck received her BA and MD degrees from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She completed a combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency in Kansas City (Consortium for Health Education/Children’s Mercy Hospital) and a residency in Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins. She subsequently completed a fellowship in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Maryland.
In addition to developing curriculum and teaching about developmental disability, Dr. Ellerbeck has research interest in barriers to developmental screening and in use of telemedicine in diagnosing children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Dr. Ellerbeck is a past president of the Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She serves on the Executive Committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council of Children with Disabilities.


Clinical Fellowship, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, University of Maryland Medical Center
Residency, Preventive Medicine Residency, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health
Residency, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, Consortium for Health Education and Children’s Mercy Hospital
MD, Bachelor of Arts, Biology/Doctor of Medicine, University of Missouri-Kansas City



Dr. Kathryn Ellerbeck was previously the Director of the KU LEND grant and has transitioned to co-Director. She has worked with other LEND faculty on grants related to diagnosis of autism over telemedicine and on sex differences in developmental disabilities. Most recently she has worked with other LEND faculty on an American Medical Educator mentored grant to pilot curriculum on developmental disability for medical students.

Selected Publications

  • Ellerbeck, K, Jamison, TR, Smith, C, Unell, B, VonBevern, H, Hudelson, M. 2016. Parenting Matters: The Baby Buffer Social Media Program. Pediatrics137 (3)
  • Ellerbeck, K, Hoffman, E, Johnson, C, Butler, M. 2005. Chapter 24: Diagnostic Evaluation and Treatment of Developmental Disabilities
  • Fenikile, TS, Ellerbeck, K, Filippi, MK, Daley, CM. 2014. Barriers to Autism Screening in Family Medicine Practice: A Qualitative Study. Primary Healthcare Research & Development, 1-11
  • Jacobson, JD, Ellerbeck, KA, Kelly, KA, Fleming, KK, Jamison, TR, Coffey, CW, Smith, CM, Reese, RM, Sands, SA. 2014. Evidence for alterations in stimulatory G proteins and oxytocin levels in children with autism. Psychoneuroendocrinology (40), 159-169
  • Barnard-Brak, L, Richman, D, Ellerbeck, K, Moreno, R. 2017. Health Care Provider Responses to Initial Parental Reports of Autism Spectrum Disorder Symptoms: Results From a Nationally Representative Sample. Child and Adolescent Mental Health22 (1), 30-35
  • 2015. It Takes A Village: Care of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Primary Care Clin Office Pract (42), 85-98
  • Ellerbeck, K., Smith, M, Holden, EW, McMenamin, S, Badawi, M, Brenner, J, Kan, J, Hyman, S. 1998. Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Children with Complete Transposition of the Great Arteries. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics19 (5)
  • Golmelsky, A, Holden, EW, Ellerbeck, K, Brenner, J. 1998. Predictors of Developmental Outcomes in Children with Complete Transposition of the Great Arteries. Cardiology in the Young (8), 352-356
  • Reese, RM, Braun, MJ, Hoffmeier, S, Stickle, L, Rinner, L, Smith, C, Ellerbeck, K, Jamison, R, Wendland, M, Jarrett, L, Hadorn, M. 2015. Preliminary Evidence for the Integrated System Using Telemedicine. Telemed J E Health21 (7), 581-587
  • Courtemanche, A, Wendland, M, Fenikile , TS, Ellerbeck, K. 2017. Using a Multidisciplinary Algorithm to Treat Self-Injurious Behavior in a Young Boy with Developmental Delays. J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol27 (8), 757-758