Joy Osofsky

Plenary Speaker

Joy Osofsky, Ph.D.

Clinical and Developmental Psychologist


Joy D. Osofsky, Ph.D. is a clinical and developmental psychologist, Ramsay Endowed Chair and Barbara Lemann Professor of Child Welfare at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans where she has been director of the Harris Center for Infant Mental Health. She has published widely and authored or edited eight books on trauma in the lives of children. Currently, with three colleagues, she is editing the two volume WAIMH Handbook of Infant and Early Childhood Development. Dr. Osofsky is Past President of ZERO to THREE and of the World Association for Infant Mental Health. She currently serves on the Board of Zero to Three. She has served as Co-Principal Investigator of four Centers within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network since 2003. In 2007, she received the Sarah Haley Award for Clinical Excellence in work with trauma by the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. In 2010 she was recognized with the Lourie Award for leadership and outstanding contributions to the health and welfare of children and families. In 2020, she was awarded the Translational Research Award from the International Congress on Infant Studies and in 2021, she received the ZERO TO THREE Lifetime Achievement Award.