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Jeffrey S Janofsky, MD

Co-Director, Meyer 3 Inpatient Community Psychiatry Service
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
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  • Co-Director, Meyer 3 Inpatient Community Psychiatry Service
  • Director, Psychiatry and Law Program
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


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

Research Interests

suicide risk assessment; insanity defense; inpatient safety improvement; informed consent


Doctor Janofsky is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. His major clinical responsibility is attending physician on the Meyer 3 Community Psychiatry Inpatient Service, where he attends for twelve months per year. He supervises residents and medical students and treats and evaluates more than 300 inpatients per year.

Doctor Janofsky also 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.




  • English


American Medical Association

American Psychiatric Association

American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

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  • Education +


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


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


    • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology / Forensic Psychiatry (2002)
    • 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.
  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +


    Paul R. McHugh Teaching Award, Department of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association, 1/03

    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 +

    Recent News Articles & Media Coverage

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

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

  • Events +

    Grand Rounds Lectures

    Suicide risk assessment and prevention",  Grand Rounds, Department of Psychiatry,  Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland

    "Management of violence on an inpatient psychiatric unit," Grand Rounds, Saint Joseph’s Hospital Department of Psychiatry, Baltimore, Maryland

     "Civil commitment and medication over objection, The Maryland experience," Saint Elizabeths Hospital Annual Forensic Conference: Involuntary Civil Commitment, Updates and Controversies, Washington, DC

    "Psychiatric inpatients and violence towards staff''",  Buffalo Psychiatric Center, SUNY at Buffalo Grand Rounds, Buffalo, New York

    "Reducing Suicide Risk, Grand Rounds", St. Josephs Medical Center, Towson, Maryland    
    "Reducing inpatient suicide risk:  Improving observation practices", Grand Rounds, Spring Grove Hospital Center, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Contact & Locations +


    The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    600 N. Wolfe Street
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 410-955-2236
    Appointment Phone: 410-955-2236
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