A Passionate, Pioneering Leader

The ZERO TO THREE Lifetime Achievement Award for Dedication to Improving the Lives of Young Children recognizes individuals who have made substantive contributions of national or international significance to improving the lives of infants, toddlers and their families. Award recipients are individuals whose research, practice, teaching, or advocacy has had a demonstrable impact on very young children and those who care for them.

Dr. Joy Osofsky received the ZERO TO THREE Lifetime Achievement Award in 2021. Dr. Osofsky 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. 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. Dr. Osofsky is a current board member and past president of ZERO TO THREE.

This award reflects the work that we’ve all done together over many years, which is far greater than the work that any of us could do by ourselves.

Dr. Joy Osofsky

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