Kate Wallis, MD, MPH

Core Faculty

Kate Wallis is a core faculty member at the Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness (CPCE) and PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), an attending physician in CHOP’s Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, and an associate fellow in Penn’s Center for Public Health Initiatives. Dr. Wallis has long been interested in understanding what is driving disparities in the identification and age of diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder among children from minority backgrounds. Her recent work has explored referrals made after young children screen positive for autism spectrum disorder during primary care pediatric well-child visits. She aims to continue to focus on improving the equity of identification of young children with developmental disorders and autism spectrum disorder, to help children from diverse backgrounds access earlier intervention. She is also interested in the effectiveness of telehealth in providing developmental-behavioral pediatric care.

Dr. Wallis earned her undergraduate degree in Health and Societies with a minor in Hispanic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She attended medical school at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, where she also earned a Master in Public Health degree. She completed pediatric residency at NYU School of Medicine/Bellevue Hospital, followed by fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at CHOP. Dr. Wallis lives in Philadelphia with her husband and toddler. She is an avid runner and biker.