Howard J. Osofsky, MD, PhD


Kathleen and John Bricker Chair and Professor and Head

Teaching Position:

Supervisor-Graduate Psychotherapy Clinic

Clinical and Research Interests:

Dr. Osofsky's clinical interests focus on adult psychodynamic psychotherapy. His research interests have been focused in three major areas in recent years: 1) geriatric psychiatry -- looking at the role of education and employment opportunities for elderly in improving cognitive, social and economic well-being; and 2) violence intervention/ diversionary programs for high-risk children and youth, and 3) correctional initiatives with focus on mental health issues relevant for police and correctional officers.

Since 1990, several significant grant supported programs have been initiated in which Dr. Osofsky served as principal investigator (PI) or co-principal investigator:

The Greater New Orleans Consortium for Educational Opportunities for Older Adults/The Rosa Keller Campus which provides educational opportunities, sponsored by all eight universities and colleges in the region, for the elderly, private foundations

Training of Older Adults as Case Management Aides, National Institute of Mental Health

Training Program for Older Adults and welfare recipients to serve as counselors for high risk youth and adults in parish prison, AARP

Youth Leadership Program-a diversionary program for first time nonviolent juvenile offenders, private foundations and Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff's Office

Safe Start Initiative-Tier II -a federal Office of Juvenile Justice grant related to coordinating intervention efforts to deal with children and families exposed to domestic and community violence.

Prevention and Intervention Program: Children as Silent Victims of Domestic Violence - LSU Biomedical Research Fund

Starting Secure: Developing the Emotional, Intellectual, and Social Capacity of Young Children in Childcare- Institute of Mental Hygiene

"Cops Care About Kids" - Orleans Parish Office for Victims of Crime

Co-site Director of Early Trauma Treatment Network (4 sites granted) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Simon, P.M., Morse, E.V., Speier, T. and Osofsky, H.J. Training Older Adults to Work as Psychiatric Case Management Aides. Hospital and Community Psychiatry, 44(12):1162-1165, 1993.

Osofsky, H.J. "Psychiatry Behind the Walls: Mental Health Services in Jails and Prisons". Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, Vol.60, No.4, 464-479 Fall 1996.

Osofsky, J.D. and Osofsky, H.J., "Children's Exposure to Violence: A Critical Lens for Reporting Violence," Nieman Reports, 52 (4), 22-24, Winter, 1998.

Osofsky, J.D. & Osofsky, H.J. "Developmental Implications of Violence in Youth", In M. Levine, W.B. Carey, & A.C. Crocker (Eds). Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 3rd Edition, Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders & Co., 1999, pp. 493-498.

Osofsky, J.D. & Osofsky, H.J. "Working with the Police to Help Young Victims of Violence: The Linking of Mental Health Services", Family Futures, 1999 - 2(4)

G. Butterbaugh, G., Leonik, K., Valliere, J., Freeman, N., Dickson, A., Drell, M.., Osofsky, H. "Promising Research and Policies in the Care of Maltreated Infants and Young Children", Pediatric Review, November/1999, Volume XIII, No.11.

Osofsky, H.J. , Dralle, P., Greenleaf, W., Pennington, R., Chief of Police. "Developing a Partnership To Enhance Police recruitment and Retention", The Police Chief, January 2001, pp.38 - 44

Osofsky, H.J., Osofsky, J.D. "Violent and Aggressive Behaviors in Youth: A Mental Health and Prevention Perspective, " Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes. Vol. 64, Number 4, Winter 2001. pp. 285-295.

Osofsky, H.J., Osofsky, M.J. "Dead Man Talking," Journal of the American Medical Association, "A Piece of My Mind," June 26, 2002 - Vol. 287, No. 24. pp. 3181-3182

Osofsky, H.J., Osofsky, M.J., "Like Father, Like Son: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Interviewing in Extreme Circumstances, Psychoanalytic Inquiry. In Press

Osofsky, M.J., Osofsky, H. J., "The Psychological Experiences of Security Officers Who Work With Executions," Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes. In Press

Osofsky, H.J., Osofsky, J.D. "Children's Exposure to Community Violence: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Evaluation and Treatment" in Violence and Transmission of Trauma: Analytically Informed Interventions in the Community. B. Sklarew, S. Wilkinson and S. Twemlow. Eds. Analytic Press, New York. In Press

Osofsky, J.D., Osofsky, H. J. "Traumatized Young Children and Families: Understanding the Impact and Ways to Help Them Heal." Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. In Press