Katharine Dalke, MD MBE is an psychiatrist who specializes in the mental health of adolescents and adults who are LGBTQ or have intersex traits. She developed the LGBTQ Clinic at the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute and co-founded the integrated Gender Health Clinic at the Penn State Health Hershey Children’s Hospital. Dr. Dalke is an assistant professor in the departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health and Humanities at the Penn State College of Medicine, where she also directs the Office for Culturally Responsive Health Care Education. This office focuses on creating curriculum and learning environment that not only prepare learners to provide equitable, responsive care to all patients, and but are also responsive to and inclusive of the experiences of students.
Dr. Dalke has served on the Consensus Committee for the report, “Understanding the Well-being of LGBTQI+ Populations” at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Dr. Dalke is a current member of the Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office Working Group at the National Institutes of Health and serves on the Intersex Committee in the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s standards of care revision process. A longstanding and visible advocate for people with intersex variations, Dr. Dalke has been recognized for her community work with appointment to the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs and several advocacy awards.
Dr. Dalke is a graduate of Haverford College and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, from which she earned her MD and a Masters in Bioethics. She completed her psychiatry residency training at the University of Pennsylvania, where she had specific training in transgender health at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She lives near Harrisburg, PA with her spouse, two children, and dog.