Dr. Barbara J. Justice is a General Psychiatrist, Forensic Psychiatrist and a Qualified Medical Examiner based in Woodland Hills, California, where she provides legal reports and psychopharmacology treatment for adults, children, and adolescents. Furthermore, she is a qualified medical examiner for the state of California and provides assessments for worker’s compensation. In her role as a forensic psychiatrist, she provides consultations in testimonies to attorney’s and she is a designated expert by the courts. She consults with people who are involved in the legal system in civil, criminal, and correctional proceedings. She performs critical analyses, and writes reports to the court. As a treating Forensic Psychiatrist in a state hospital, she provides evaluations and treatments for those who have pled not guilty by reason of insanity, or incompetent to stand trial, or who are mentally disordered offenders and confined in the state hospital. She also often testifies in court for these cases as an expert witness as well. In her role as a General Psychiatrist Dr. Justice incorporates biological physiological and social information to evaluate and treat patients. Dr. Justice has expertise in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology due to her additional training in both of these areas beyond general psychiatry and forensic psychiatry.
In addition to these positions, Dr. Justice currently serves as Forensic Attending with the California Department of State Hospitals and is in a private practice performing civil, criminal, and worker’s compensation, writes reports and testifies in legal disputes involving mental health issues. At the state hospital, she is responsible for treating, stabilizing and educating patients who have been arrested and found to have a mental illness. She was previously the CEO and Medical Director for the Glaser Forensic Group up until 2022. She leverages her skills and expertise by providing telepsychiatry services with Fifth Ave. Medical Associates in New York. She provides and excels in Agreed Medical Examinations, Panel QME Evaluations, Long Term Disability Examinations, Fitness for Duty Evaluations, Independent Medical Examinations for Civil and Criminal Litigation, Expert Witness Testimony, Assessment for Insanity Defense, Evaluations for Stalking Declarations, Mock Trial Assistance in Voir Dire, Team Building Workshops and Forensic Mental Health Workshops.
Dr. Justice began her involvement with healthcare law during her first 15 years of practicing medicine. At that time, she was a general surgeon with fellowship training in oncology, trauma, and endoscopy. She began serving as an expert witness for particular surgical patients who had legal issues that were connected to their surgical injuries. This sparked her interest in the nexus of law and health. Dr. Justice decided to pursue a new area of interest after practicing surgery and participating in research for a total of twenty years she entered the field of psychiatry. Her exposure to the law as it related to health lead her into the esoteric area of forensic psychiatry and other further subspecialty training. Her areas of expertise in psychiatry include not only include general psychiatry, but forensic psychiatry, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and psychopharmacology. She is a qualified medical examiner for the state of California and under that she evaluates and makes recommendations as well as testifies concerning needed treatment for injured workers. Dr. Justice is also noted for being the first African-American woman to be trained in general surgery at Columbia University Medical Center. In 1996, Mayor David Dinkins recognized Dr. Justice’s achievements by proclaiming a citywide Dr. Barbara Justice Day for her contributions to health.
Dr. Justice is a member of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, The American Psychiatric Association, The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, The National Medical Association, The American Board of Forensic Psychiatry, and the National Black Leadership Clinician on AIDS, Inc. She became involved in her profession because she feels blessed with intellectual and personality skills that are best used in healing, educating, inspiring those who are following in the healing arts.
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