Joy D. Osofsky

Joy D. Osofsky, PhD, is the Paul J. Ramsay Chair of Psychiatry and Barbara Lemann Professor of Child Welfare and Professor in the Departments of 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. Dr. Osofsky is Past President and, currently, a Board Member of ZERO TO THREE.

Joy D. Osofsky

Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center


  • Past President and Honorary President, World Association of Infant Mental Health
  • Clinical Director of Child and Adolescent Services for Louisiana Spirit
  • Co-Principal Investigator for Mental and Behavioral Capacity Project for the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program
  • Co-Principal Investigator for Terrorism and Disaster Coalition for Child and Family Resilience, National Child Traumatic Stress Network
  • Member Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board, Louisiana

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) development, evaluation, and clinical consultation for effective intensive and collaborative interventions in juvenile court for abused and neglected infants, young children, and families; (4) studies of the impact of major natural and technological disasters and terrorism, and development of behavioral health interventions to support children of all ages and to evaluate effectiveness of evidence-based interventions; (5) development of a interdisciplinary program on prenatal and perinatal behavioral health support for high risk mothers to support maternal and infant well-being.

Recent Honors/Awards/Recognition/Books Published

Dr. Osofsky is author, with Phillip Stepka and Lucy King of Treating Infants and Young Children Impacted by Trauma: Interventions that Promote Healthy Development in 2017 and editor of Children in a Violent Society, Young Children and Trauma, and Clinical Work with Traumatized Young Children in 2011. She edited two editions of the Handbook of Infant Development and is co-editor of the four volume WAIMH Handbook of Infant Mental Health. 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. She received the Sarah Haley Award for Clinical Excellence for work with trauma from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and, in 2010, was honored with a Presidential Commendation from the American Psychiatric Association for her work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Osofsky was recognized with the Reginald Lourie Award for leadership in the field of infant mental health and outstanding contributions to the health and welfare of children in 2014.