Faculty Deans

Judith Palfrey

Judy Palfrey

Faculty Dean

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 the freshman seminar at Harvard, "Child Health in America" with Sean.... Read more about Judy Palfrey

Sean Palfrey

Sean Palfrey

Faculty Dean

Sean Palfrey is a parent, teacher, practicing pediatrician, and professor of Pediatrics and Public Health at Boston University / Boston Medical Center.  He and Judy have been "faculty deans" of Adams House since 1999.  A 1967 graduate of Harvard College, he has practiced and taught clinical medicine in Massachusetts for more than forty years, and he spends a good deal of his time advocating for better child health programs and policies, and the prevention of illness and sadness.  He served as president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and he has been a legislative advocate for child health programs and policies since the late 1970s.  Sean is a global traveler and photographer (his websites are www.palfrey.com and http://www.flickr.com/photos/palfrey-com/), a writer of children's fiction (http://www.childrenofthegreatwall.com), an outdoorsman, and an enthusiast for wide diversity of college life at Harvard, and co-teaches the Freshman Seminar entitled "Child Health in America" with Judy.... Read more about Sean Palfrey