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Jeffrey S Janofsky, M.D.

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Director, Psychiatry and Law Program

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Male

Expertise: Adult Psychiatry, Clinical Ethics, Forensic Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences , Psychiatry and Law

Research Interests: informed consent; suicide risk assessment; inpatient safety improvement; insanity defense

Locations

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

600 N. Wolfe Street
Meyer Building Suite 144
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

Background

Doctor Janofsky is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. He is currently an attending physician on the Hopkins Community Psychiatry Service Outpatient Service.

Doctor Janofsky directs the Hopkins Psychiatry and Law service. He consultants with other attendings and residents on psychiatry and law issues, primarily suicide and violence risk assessment and clinical competency. Doctor Janofsky supervises Hopkins residents (along with residents from the University of Maryland) at the Circuit Court Medical Office teaching site for the residents' required and elective rotation in forensic psychiatry.

Doctor Janofsky supervises all involuntary civil commitment hearings at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. His  primary current research interest is focused on patient safety by reducing inpatient suicide risk through improved human factors on psychiatry inpatient units. Doctor Janofsky also aids the Department in administrative compliance for seclusion/restraint, EMTALA, competency and other psychiatry and law issues.

Doctor Janofsky is the current Medial Director and is a Past President of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. He is a current member of the Forensic Psychiatry Committee of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. 

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Titles

  • Director, Psychiatry and Law Program
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Departments / Divisions

Education

Degrees

  • MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1982)

Residencies

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Psychiatry (1986)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology / Psychiatry (1987)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

  1. Janofsky, JS: Lies and coercion: why psychiatrists should not participate in police and intelligence interrogations. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2006;34:472-8, 2006
  2. Janofsky JS and Tamburello AC: Diversion to the mental health system: emergency psychiatric evaluations. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 34:283-91, 2006
  3. Giorgi-Guarnieri D, Janofsky J, Keram E, et al.: Practice guideline: Forensic psychiatric evaluation of defendants raising the insanity defense. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. 30: S1-S40, 2002.
  4. Janofsky JS: Reply to Schafer: Exploitation of criminal suspects by mental health professionals is unethical. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. 29:449-451, 2001.
  5. Janofsky JS, Dunn MH, Roskes EJ, Briskin J and Rudolph ML: Insanity defense pleas in Baltimore City: An analysis of outcome. American Journal of Psychiatry 155:1464-1468, 1996.
  6. Barton CD, Mallik HS, Orr WB and Janofsky JS: Clinicians' judgment of competency of nursing home patients to give informed consent. Psychiatric Services 47:956-996, 1996.
  7. Janofsky JS and Rovner BW: Prevalence of advance directives and guardianship in nursing home patients. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology 6:214-216, 1993.

Activities & Honors

Honors

  • Paul R. McHugh Teaching Award, Department of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association, 2003

Memberships

  • American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
  • American Medical Association
  • American Psychiatric Association

Professional Activities

  • Medical Director, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
  • Past President, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
  • Past President, Maryland Psychiatric Society

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • Suicide risk assessment and prevention
    Grand Rounds , Baltimore, Maryland
    Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Psychiatry
  • Management of violence on an inpatient psychiatric unit
    Grand Rounds , Baltimore, Maryland
    Saint Joseph's Hospital Department of Psychiatry
  • Civil commitment and medication over objection, The Maryland experience
    Grand Rounds , Saint Elizabeths Hospital Annual Forensic Conference: Involuntary Civil Commitment, Updates and Controversies , Washington, DC
  • Psychiatric inpatients and violence towards staff
    Grand Rounds , Buffalo, New York
    Buffalo Psychiatric Center, SUNY at Buffalo Grand Rounds
  • Reducing Suicide Risk, Grand Rounds
    Grand Rounds , Towson, Maryland
    St. Josephs Medical Center
  • Reducing inpatient suicide risk:  Improving observation practices
    Grand Rounds , Baltimore, Maryland
    Spring Grove Hospital Center
  • Suicide risk assessment and prevention"
    Department of Psychiatry ,   Johns Hopkins Hospital , Baltimore
    Maryland
  • Management of violence on an inpatient psychiatric unit
    Grand Rounds , Baltimore
    Saint Joseph’s Hospital Department of Psychiatry
  •  "Civil commitment and medication over objection
    Saint Elizabeths Hospital Annual Forensic Conference: Involuntary Civil Commitment, Updates and Controversies , Washington DC
  • Psychiatric inpatients and violence towards staff''
    SUNY at Buffalo Grand Rounds , Buffalo
      Buffalo Psychiatric Center
  • Reducing Suicide Risk
    Grand Rounds , Towson
    St. Josephs Medical Center
  • Reducing inpatient suicide risk:  Improving observation practices
    Grand Rounds , Baltimore
    Spring Grove Hospital Center

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Article in the Psychiatry Department Newsletter about Dr. Janofsky''s work:

Preventing Suicide May Stem From How We Watch  (Spring 2009)

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