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is a series of 12 podcasts that translates the research of early childhood development into parenting practices that mothers, fathers and other caregivers can tailor to the needs of their own child and family. Click here to listen to or download the podcasts. This podcast series is generously funded by MetLife Foundation.

Joy Osofsky Bio

Joy D. Osofsky, Ph.D.
Past Board President of ZERO TO THREE 


Professor, Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans; Head, Division of Pediatric Mental Health; Director, LSUHSC Harris Center for Infant Mental Health in New Orleans.  Faculty member, New Orleans Psychoanalytic Institute and Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, University of New Orleans. Editor, Infant Mental Health Journal. 
Board Member, ZERO TO THREE; Past President, World Association for Infant Mental Health; Clinical Director of Child and Adolescent Services for Louisiana Spirit; Member, Pew Commission for Children in Foster Care.

Current Research
Her current research includes: (1) research on the effectiveness of relationship-based treatments for traumatized young children; (2) the impact of trauma and violence on infants, children and families and effective intervention and treatment strategies; (3) evaluation of effectiveness of intensive, collaborative interventions in juvenile court for abused and neglected infants and young children; (4) studies of the impact on mental health symptoms of major disaster on children of all ages over time and effectiveness of evidence-based treatments.

Recent Honors/Awards/Recognition/Books Published 
Dr. Osofsky is editor of Children in a Violent Society, two editions of the Handbook of Infant Development, and co-editor of the four volume WAIMH Handbook of Infant Mental Health. Dr. Osofsky edited Young Children and Trauma: Intervention and Treatment. In 1998, she was awarded the Badge of Honor by the New Orleans Police Foundation for her work with children and families exposed to violence. In 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. She was recognized in 2007 by Family Service of Greater New Orleans for outstanding service to the community. She has been honored by the St. Bernard Parish School Board for outstanding and continuing service to students and faculty, and she received the Sarah Haley Award for Clinical Excellence for work with trauma from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. 



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