Paul Dworkin, MD


Education: BA, Rutgers University, 1969
MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1973
Certificate in Policy Analysis, University of North Dakota, 2012
Residency: Pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, 1973-1976
Fellowship: Ambulatory Medicine (Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics), Boston Children’s Hospital, 1976-1978

Board Certifications

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Faculty Appointment

Professor of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine


Dr. Dworkin’s clinical and research interests are at the interface among child development, child health services, and child health policy and his research has focused on the value of developmentally-oriented anticipated guidance, the role of developmental surveillance and screening in the early detection of at-risk children, and the value of care coordination in the linkage of children and families to programs and services. He has authored more than 175 journal articles, abstracts, and book chapters in the fields of developmental-behavioral pediatrics and general pediatrics.

Published Research

  • Dworkin PH. Historical overview: From ChildServ to Help Me Grow. J Dev Behav Pediatr 2006;27:S5-S7.
  • McKay K, Shannon A, Vater S, Dworkin PH. ChildServ: Lessons learned from the design and implementation of a community-based developmental surveillance program. Infants Young Child 2006; 19:371-377.
  • Dworkin PH. Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 2006 Presidential Address. Coming full circle: Reflections at the interface of Developmental-Behavioral and General Pediatrics. J Dev Behav Pediatr 2007; 28:167-172.
  • Garg A, Butz A, Dworkin PH, Lewis RA, Thompson RE, Serwint JR. Improving the management of family psychosocial problems at low-income well-child care visits: The WE CARE project. Pediatrics 2007; 120:547-558.
  • Drotar D, Stancin T, Dworkin PH, Sices L, Wood S. Selecting developmental surveillance and screening tools. Pediatr Rev 2008; 29:e52-e58.
  • Dworkin PH. A possible reason for failure to access community services? Pediatrics 2008; 1371.
  • Garg A, Butz AM, Dworkin PH, Lewis RA, Serwint JR. Screening for basic social needs at a medical home for low-income children. Clin Pediatr (Phila) 2009;48:32-36.
  • Garg A, Dworkin PH. Applying surveillance and screening to family psychosocial issues: Implications for the medical home. J Dev Behav Pediatr, 2011;32:418-426.
  • Dworkin PH. Commentary. Strengthening the capacity and effectiveness of developmental and behavioral services: Implications from Australia. J Dev Behav Pediatr, 2011;32:402-404.
  • Garg A, Sandel M, Dworkin PH, Kahn RS, Zuckerman B. From medical home to health neighborhood: Transforming the medical home into a community-based health neighborhood. J Pediatr 2012;160:535-536.e1. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2012.01.001.

Additional Information

In 2003, Dr. Dworkin received the prestigious C. Anderson Aldrich Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics in recognition of achievement in the field of child development. His vision led to the creation of Help Me Grow, a Connecticut statewide initiative to promote the early detection of children at risk for developmental and behavioral problems and their linkage to programs and services that is currently being replicated in 17 states with support from The Commonwealth Fund and the WK Kellogg Foundation.