Edward S. (“Ted”) Brodkin, M.D. is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and founder and director of the Adult Autism Spectrum Program at Penn Medicine. Dr. Brodkin received his A.B. Magna Cum Laude in History of Science from Harvard University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He then completed an internship in pediatrics and residency in psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Medical Center, and was chief psychiatry resident at the Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit at Yale, which included a clinical and research program for diagnosis and treatment of adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). He went on to postdoctoral fellowships in neurobiology research at Yale University School of Medicine and genetics research at Princeton University. He has been a faculty member at University of Pennsylvania since 2002, and a faculty member of the Center for Autism Research at CHOP since its founding.
Dr. Brodkin’s research is focused on social functioning in ASD. His laboratory conducts studies of the neurobiology and genetics of social behavior development in mouse models relevant to ASD. The overall goal of this lab research is to better understand the biological mechanisms of ASD and to use that understanding to develop new treatment approaches. Dr. Brodkin’s research also includes clinical research studies focused on developing and testing treatments to improve social functioning in adolescents and adults with ASD. In one study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (“Services to enhance social functioning in adults with autism spectrum disorder”), his team, coordinated by Ashley Pallathra, is developing and testing a behavioral treatment program to decrease social anxiety and enhance social motivation, social cognition, and social skills in adults with ASD. He is the author of numerous publications in the field of ASD research, and his research on ASD has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Simons Foundation, the Philadelphia Foundation. As director of the Adult Autism Spectrum Program at Penn Medicine, he conducts clinical consultations on transition to adulthood, diagnosis, and treatment for adolescent and adults with ASD. His clinical expertise in the area of adult ASD has been recognized by his being listed in the Philadelphia Magazine “Top Doctors” in the years 2006-2007 and 2009-2016 and in Castle Connelly Medical America’s Top Doctors in 2007-2016.