Edward Brodkin, M.D. is a physician-scientist, author, and consultant. He is Associate Professor of Psychiatry with tenure at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a board certified psychiatrist and attending psychiatrist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Brodkin received his A.B. Magna Cum Laude from Harvard College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He then completed his psychiatry residency and fellowship in neuroscience at Yale, as well as a fellowship in genetics at Princeton.
Dr. Brodkin’s Work on Improving the Quality of Connection and Communication
Dr. Brodkin is internationally recognized as an expert in interpersonal connection and communication. He is the author of numerous, published research papers on social interaction and social neuroscience. His research 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, and the Philadelphia Foundation. Dr. Brodkin’s clinical work as a psychiatrist focuses on helping patients to develop social understanding and communication skills.
Dr. Brodkin co-authored the book Missing Each Other: How to Cultivate Meaningful Connections. In the book, Dr. Brodkin and co-author, the therapist and researcher Ashley Pallathra, focus on the essence of social connection, attunement – the ability to tune in to oneself and the other person over the course of an interaction. Brodkin and Pallathra present a research-based framework for the elements of attunement, and a progressive set of exercises for developing these elements. Missing Each Other has been covered in leading business outlets such as the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Fast Company, Business Insider.
Dr. Brodkin’s Work on Neurodiversity and the Autism Spectrum in Adults
Dr. Brodkin is internationally recognized as a leading expert on the autism spectrum in adults. Dr. Brodkin is the Founder and Director of the Adult Autism Spectrum Program at Penn Medicine and is Co-Director of the Autism Spectrum Program of Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been honored as one of America's Top Doctors by Castle Connolly Medical and by Philadelphia Magazine as a Top Doctor in the Philadelphia region for over a decade.
Dr. Brodkin is the author of numerous, published original research papers in the fields of autism research. His autism research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Simons Foundation, and the Philadelphia Eagles Autism Foundation.
Dr. Brodkin has been a keynote speaker and has served as a consultant to leading corporations on the subject of the autism spectrum in adulthood. He is especially interested in fostering mutual understanding and improved communication between neurodiverse and neurotypical individuals in the workplace, so that teams can work together optimally, and everyone has the best chance to contribute.