Joy D. Osofsky

Joy D. Osofsky, PhD, is the Paul J. Ramsay Chair and 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. Dr. Osofsky is a Board Member of ZERO TO THREE.

Joy D. Osofsky

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


  • Past President, World Association for Infant Mental Health
  • Clinical Director of Child and Adolescent Services for Louisiana Spirit
  • Co-Principal Investigator for the Mental and Behavioral Health Capacity * Project for the Gulf Region Health Outreach Project
  • 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 and evaluation of effective intensive and collaborative interventions in juvenile court for abused and neglected infants and young children and families; (4) studies of the impact of major disasters on mental health of 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, Young Children and Trauma, and in 2011, Clinical Work With Traumatized Young Children. 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 and families in 2014.