Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Adult Autism Spectrum (AAS) Program

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Our Director

Director


Edward S. Brodkin, MD

Director, Adult Autism Spectrum Program at Penn Medicine
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Edward S. Brodkin, M.D. is the founder and Director of the Adult Autism Spectrum Program at Penn Medicine.  Dr. Brodkin is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and he is an attending psychiatrist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  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 ASD.  He went on to a postdoctoral fellowship in neurobiology research at Yale University School of Medicine and genetics research at Princeton University. He has been a psychiatrist and faculty member at University of Pennsylvania since 2002.

Since 1993, Dr. Brodkin has been involved in clinical assessment and care of adults with ASD, and since 1995 he has been conducting neuroscience research relevant to ASD and social behavior development. 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.   He is particularly interested in the transition-to-adulthood in individuals with ASD, and in facilitating development of social skills useful for navigating the social world of adolescence and adulthood. He is a consulting psychiatrist for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania ASERT (Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training) Program, where he works with an interdisciplinary team to develop improved diagnosis, treatment, and supports for adults with ASD in Pennsylvania. He is knowledgeable and experienced in the area of diagnosis of ASD, psychiatric issues related to ASD, the biological basis of ASD, and treatment plan development and implementation, including coordination of behavioral, psychological, psychiatric, medical, and habilitation treatments. His 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 2009-2014; in Castle Connelly Medical America’s Top Doctors in 2007-2014; and in U.S. News and World Report “Top Doctors” in 2011-2013.

 

Associated Faculty

Anthony L. Rostain, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics