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Joy D. Osofsky, Ph.D.

Joy D. Osofsky, Ph.D. Biography:

Dr. Osofsky is a psychologist and psychoanalyst and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC). She is Head of the Division of Pediatric Mental Health. She is also an adjunct professor of Psychology at the University of New Orleans. Dr. Osofsky is Co-Director of the Louisiana Rural Trauma Services Center, a center in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and Director of the Harris Center for Infant Mental Health at LSUHSC. She is editor of Children in a Violent Society (Guilford Press, 1997), two editions of the Handbook of Infant Development (Wiley, 1979, 1987), and co-editor of the four-volume WAIMH Handbook of Infant Mental Health, which received the Association of American Publishers/Professional and Scholarly Publishing PROSE Award as the best multivolume reference/science book in 2000. Dr. Osofsky’s edited book, Young Children and Trauma: Intervention and Treatment (2004), includes contributions related to mental health, child welfare, the judiciary, and law enforcement. Dr. Osofsky was editor of the Infant Mental Health Journal from 1998 to 2009.

Dr. Osofsky is Past President of ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families and Past President of the World Association for Infant Mental Health. She served on the Pew Commission for Children in Foster Care. Dr. Osofsky has conducted research, intervention, and clinical work with high psychosocial risk infants, children, and families exposed to maltreatment and community and domestic violence. For the past 18 years, she has been consulting and collaborating with juvenile courts around the country, including the 11th Circuit Juvenile Court in Miami/Dade County, related to the development and evaluation of programs to benefit high-risk young children and families in court. In 2002, she published jointly with two judges and two lawyers a technical assistance brief, Questions Every Judge and Lawyer Should Ask About Infants and Toddlers in the Child Welfare System (see Appendix A). In 1998, Dr. Osofsky was awarded the Badge of Honor by the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation for her work with children and families exposed to violence. In 2002, she was awarded the Medal of Honor by the Mayor of New Orleans for her work with the police and the community and the Nicholas Hobbs Award for contributions to public policy by Division 37 of the American Psychological Association. In 2006, she was presented with the Child’s Heart Award by the Juvenile Court Judges of the 11th Judicial Circuit in recognition of her contributions to enhancing the health and well-being of children. Following Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, Dr. Osofsky was asked to serve as Clinical Director for Child and Adolescent Initiatives for Louisiana Spirit for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Mental Health, and the Department of Education. On August 29, 2006, she was honored with a proclamation from the New Orleans City Council recognizing her work helping children and families in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In November 2007, she received the Sarah M. Haley Memorial Award for Clinical Excellence from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies for her work with trauma. In September 2008, she received an award from LSUHSC for extraordinary effort and commitment during Hurricane Gustav. In June 2009, for their work in schools following Hurricane Katrina, the LSUHSC team from the Department of Psychiatry was awarded a 2009 Distinguished Partners in Education Award by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education of the State Department of Education. In 2010, Dr. Osofsky was honored with a Presidential Commendation from the American Psychiatric Association for leadership in mental health recovery following Hurricane Katrina and was awarded the distinction of Honorary President of the World Association for Infant Mental Health.

Joy D. Osofsky, Ph.D.'s Books

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  • Pathways to Competence

    ISBN: 978-1-55766-891-2


    Updated edition of the "one-stop" comprehensive guide to fostering social emotional development in young children

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  • Child-Centered Practices for the Courtroom and Community

    ISBN: 978-1-59857-073-1


    A practical, readable guide that demystifies the child welfare system and offers professionals evidence-based interventions so that they can ensure the best outcomes for vulnerable families in the system.

    Paperback $36.95 Qty:

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