Ellen C. Perrin, M.D.

Ellen C. Perrin, M.D., serves as the Director of Research for the Center for Children with Special Needs, and as a professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. Her research has focused on interventions in pediatrics to improve children’s development and behavior, especially in the context of chronic physical illness or disruptive behavior. She is also a leading expert on same-sex parenting.

Dr. Perrin and her colleagues have developed a new screening instrument for use in pediatrics to identify children at risk for developmental-behavioral difficulties. She recently received an NIH grant to test the accuracy of two older screening instruments as well as the new Survey of Wellbeing of Young Children, a screening tool for cognitive, motor, language and social-emotional development, Autism Spectrum Disorder and family risk factors in young children. She is board certified in both Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and Pediatrics.

Dr. Perrin can discuss:

  • Children in non-traditional families/family functioning
  • Developmental-behavioral screening in pediatrics and early mental health interventions in pediatric offices
  • Children with chronic health problems