Joy Osofsky

Joy Osofsky, PhD, is the Paul J. Ramsay Endowed Chair of Psychiatry and Barbara Lemann Professor of Child Welfare at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and Director of the Harris Center for Infant Mental Health Center. She is a board member and Past President of ZERO TO THREE.

Joy Osofsky

Paul J. Ramsay Endowed Chair of Psychiatry and Barbara Lemann Professor of Child Welfare, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans

Contributions to the Field

Dr. Osofsky is past president of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, and has published widely and authored or edited seven books on trauma in the lives of children. She serves as Clinical Consultant on the Leadership team for the ZERO TO THREE Safe Babies Court Program and as the Chair of the Program Committee Workgroup for ZERO TO THREE’s Annual Conference. Dr. Osofsky has played a leadership role in the Gulf Region on multiple occasions, serving as Clinical Director for Child and Adolescent Initiatives for Louisiana Spirit following Hurricane Katrina and as Co-Principal Investigator for the Mental and Behavioral Capacity Project following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. She currently serves as Co-Principal Investigator for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network Center, Terrorism, and Disaster Coalition for Child and Family Resilience. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Psychology from Syracuse University.

Affiliations

  • Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Louisiana State University
  • Faculty, New Orleans Psychoanalytic Center
  • Adjunct Professor of Psychology, University of New Orleans
  • Principal Investigator, Prenatal and Perinatal Behavioral Support for Maternal and Infant Well-Being, Institute for Mental Hygiene

Honors:

  • Reginald Lourie Award for leadership in infant mental health and outstanding contributions to the health and welfare of children and families
  • Sarah Haley Award for Clinical Excellence in Trauma Work from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • Honorary President Distinction, World Association for Infant Mental Health
  • Presidential Commendation from the American Psychiatric Association for leadership in mental health recovery following Hurricane Katrina
  • Proclamation from the New Orleans City Council
  • Medal of Honor awarded by the Mayor of New Orleans