Barbara J. Justice, MD, ABPN, ABFP, is a general surgeon, forensic psychiatrist and double board-certified general psychiatrist who specializes in psychopharmacology, general psychiatry, forensic psychiatry and psychodynamic psychotherapy. Providing psychopharmacology treatment to adults, children and adolescents in therapy that require the additional healing of medication to maximize their health, Dr. Justice relies on providing conservative and appropriate measures that are tailored to each patient’s individual needs. She also handles workers’ compensation and civil cases, does evaluations and assessments for defendants in civil suits, and provides evaluations and treatment for criminal defendants found incompetent to stand trial not guilty by reason of insanity or mentally disordered offenders.
Furthermore, Dr. Justice provides assessing treatments and court reports. Employed at the Center for Behavior Medicine, a practice of psychiatric and psychological services, patients receive the benefits of a holistic medical health practice via psychiatric and psychological practitioners. Servicing the Los Angeles and Orange County communities, Dr. Justice practices in the Whittier neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Becoming involved in her profession because she sought to use her intellectual and personality skills in the healing art of helping people, Dr. Justice first completed her undergraduate degree at the City University of New York before going on to earn an MD at Howard University in 1977. She then completed training in surgical oncology at the Howard University Cancer Center, coursework in forensic psychiatry at the University of California Los Angeles and additional coursework in psychodynamic psychotherapy at New York University in the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education. Dr. Justice followed up with a fellowship in surgical oncology and a fellowship in endoscopy at Columbia University Medical Center. She is certified by the American Board of Forensic Psychiatry and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc.
At a young age, Dr. Justice recognized her gift in helping others and felt that it should be used to benefit people in need. That was the validation of her life. Therefore, she took whatever talents she possessed, maximized them and put them to service for her community. Entering the field, Dr. Justice realized that it was mainly a male-dominated field that excepted a maximum of 75 people per residency program. She was competing against doctors from other countries, but she was thankful for great mentors who helped her through a hostile atmosphere.
Utilizing her many years of experience in forensic psychiatry, Dr. Justice has presented numerous lectures in cities such as Seattle, Harlem, New York, and Los Angeles, among others. For example, she has spoken at the Harlem Hospital Center Department Wide Conference in 2003, as well as the American Academy of Forensic Science in 2008. Notably, Dr. Justice presented “The Involuntary Administration of Psychotropic Medication; Landmark Cases and Penal Codes” for the Department of Forensic Psychiatry at the Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk, California, in 2008.
A longstanding member of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Justice has been involved with various charities throughout her career as well such as the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and her local homeless shelter. What separates Dr. Justice from her peers is her commitment to helping as many people as possible. One of her proudest achievements was being able to master two separate fields of medicine.
Throughout her years in the field, Dr. Justice observed that medicine changed largely through the dictation and guidelines of the set price. For fellow peers aspiring to work in the industry, she advises that one should augment the basic psychiatric training they receive as a resident within their studies to help enrich their education. She attributes her success to her faith and effort in constantly improving herself. Dr. Justice would like to be remembered by her peers as hardworking, compassionate, honest and committed. Outside of her professional endeavors, Dr. Justice enjoys reading, traveling and playing with her pets in her spare time.