Judy Palfrey is the T. Berry Brazelton Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Global Pediatrics Program for the Department of Medicine at the Children's Hospital, Boston. She is the author of scores of scientific articles, the books, Community Child Health: An Action Plan for Today (1995) and Child Health In America: Making A Difference Through Advocacy (2006), and is co-author of the Disney Encyclopedia of Baby and Childcare (1999). A 1967 graduate of Radcliffe, Judy was chief of the Division of General Pediatrics at Children's Hospital Boston for 25 years. She has long been actively involved in community child health and global medicine programs, with a special focus on programs for children with disabilities. In 2008 she was elected President of the American Academy of Pediatrics for 2009-2010, and in this role was deeply involved in national and international child health policy development including the national health care reform efforts. In addition to all these roles, Judy co-teaches a freshman seminar at Harvard called "Child Health in America" with Sean.
Her interests include "messing around in boats", history, clamming and tennis. She aspires to be a silent film actress and to make a goal from the fullback position in field hockey.