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Janofsky, Jeffrey S., M.D.

Associate Professor
Director, Psychiatry and Law Program
Co-Director, Short Stay Unit

Main Office Address

Meyer 4-181
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
600 North Wolfe St.
Baltimore, MD 21287

Phone: 410-955-2236


Off Campus Address

Ste. 206
30 E. Padonia Road
Timonium, MD 21093

Administrative Assistant

Marvin Pittman




Johns Hopkins



Johns Hopkins


Psychiatry Internship

Baltimore City Hospital


Psychiatry Residency
Johns Hopkins University


Forensic Psychiatry
University of Maryland

Professional Interests

  • Inpatient treatment of major mental illness.
  • Psychiatry and law including prediction of dangerousness, civil commitment, capacity assessment, assessment of criminal population.
  • Clinical ethics.

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

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

Selected Publications

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

Janofsky JS and Tamburello AC: Diversion to the mental health system: emergency psychiatric evaluations. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 34:283-91, 2006

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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