How to Talk to Children About Violence, MD Expert Available

Article ID: 601781

Released: 16-Apr-2013 3:00 PM EDT

Source Newsroom: Children's National Health System

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Parmajit Joshi, MD

Internationally recognized child psychiatrist and expert on PTSD in children, Paramjit Joshi, MD, is Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She has developed materials for parents and teachers to help them talk with children about violent acts and/or natural disasters. Dr. Joshi is also the president elect of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and is called upon frequently to help clinical care teams, parents, and teachers and entire communities help their children cope with violent events.

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Paramjit T. Joshi, MD

  • Endowed Professor & Chair, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Children's National Medical Center
  • Professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences & Pediatrics, George Washington University School of Medicine
  • President-Elect, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Joshi joined Children's National Medical Center in 1999, after serving as Director of Clinical Services at the Office for Prevention of Violence at The Johns Hopkins Hospital Children's Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

She earned a Doctorate in Pediatrics from Punjab University, Christian Medical College & Brown Memorial Hospital in Ludhiana, India, and remained at Hopkins for 22 years after completing her training there in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. During the past 25 years, she has developed an expertise in the psychological effects of violence, crisis, and trauma in children.

Dr. Joshi has received numerous grants to direct research and provide outreach services, including programs in Croatia and Boznia Herzegovia during the war in the Balkans. She has also trained Adult Psychiatrists and Pediatricians from war torn countries such as Iraq & Eritrea about children’s mental health.

She is currently consulting to the children’s hospital in Tokyo, which has been assigned by the Japanese government to develop a response program for children traumatized by natural and man-made disasters.

Dr. Joshi is called upon for expert testimony and is frequently requested by media nationally and internationally to help educate the public and parents in caring for children and teens overwhelmed or traumatized by violence – in wars abroad and closer to home in America: on its streets, in its schools, and through the media.


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