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.