Judith Palfrey's primary research interest is in designing and
evaluating programs for children with special health care needs. Her
work is focused on the development of innovative systems of care and the
assessment of the costs and benefits of such systems. She is currently
the Principal Investigator of the NIDDR funded Opening Doors: The
National Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs. This
project is directed at improving access to early identification,
community inclusion and effective transition services for children and
youth from traditionally underserved communities. Dr. Palfrey is a
national leader in research on the medical home for children with
special health care needs, having conducted the Pediatric Alliance for
Coordinated Care, which established the feasibility of the medical home
for CSHCN. Dr. Palfrey also founded Project School Care which produced
guidelines for the safe inclusion of CSHCN in schools.
About Judith Palfrey
Dr. Palfrey received her MD from Columbia University College of
Physicians and Surgeons. She did her residency training at the Albert
Einstein College of Medicine and was a fellow in Community Child Health
at Children's Hospital. From 1986 to 2008, she served as the Chief of
the Division of General Pediatrics at Children's Hospital. She was the
National Director of Building Bright Futures, the Director of the
National Program Office of the Anne E. Dyson Pediatric Training in the
Community Initiative and is a Past President of the Ambulatory
Pediatrics Association. She is currently the Director of the Children's
International Pediatric Center and is working to establish training and
service programs in international sites based on her experiences in the
United States. She is the author of five books including Community Child
Health (Praeger Press, 1994) and Child Health in America (Johns Hopkins
- Palfrey JS, Sofis LA, Davidson EJ, Liu J, Freeman L and Ganz ML. The Pediatric Alliance for Coordinated Care: evaluation of a medical home model. Pediatrics 2004; 113 (suppl): 1507-1516.
- Palfrey JS, Hauser-Cram P, Bronson M. Selcuk S and Chan E. The 25-year follow-up of the Brookline Early Education Project. Pediatrics. 2005 Jul;116(1):144-52.
- Palfrey JS, Haynie M, Porter S, Bierle T, Cooperman P, Lowcock J. Project School Care: integrating children assisted by medical technology into educational settings. J School Health 1992; 62:50-54.