Paramjit Joshi, MD Division Chief, Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine



Paramjit T. Joshi, MD, is the Endowed Professor and Chair in the Division of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Children's National Health System. She also is the Professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences, and Pediatrics, at George Washington University School of Medicine; and President-Elect of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 

Dr. Joshi joined Children's National 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 and 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 and 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.

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • MD, 1970
    Punjab Medical College
Patient Stories

Patient Stories: Paramjit Joshi, MD

Jamie's Story

"We cannot thank Children's National enough for diagnosing and treating Jamie. Yes, it was hard to swallow that our child had a mental illness, but we finally had a diagnosis with which to work from. "

Patient story

Jalen's Story

"It is our responsibility to give our children unconditional love and all of the tools for a chance at becoming successful at whatever path that they choose."



Research & Publications

Research & Publications

Ethical Issues in Local National and International Disaster Psychiatry

(2008) Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

19th Annual National Alliance on Mental Illness Symposium

(2001) Mood Disorders in Children & Adolescents – Emerging Trends

Psychosocial Variables in Children and Teens of Extended Families Identified through Bipolar Affective Disorder Probands

(2004) Bipolar Disorders

Depression and bipolar support alliance consensusStatement on the Unmet Needs in Diagnosis and Treatment of Mood Disorders in Children and Adolescents

(2003) Journal of Amer Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Neural Circuitry Engaged During Unsuccessful Motor Inhibition in Pediatric Bipolar Disorder

(2007) American Journal of Psychiatry

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