Barbara J. Justice, MD, ABPN, ABFP, is a general surgeon, double board-certified adult psychiatrist and forensic psychiatrist who currently specializes in civic and criminal evaluations for the court, and mental health treatment of individuals designated as guilty by reason of insanity, incompetent to stand trial and mentally disordered offenders. She is also certified in psychodynamic psychotherapy and provides talk therapy and psychopharmacological treatment to adults, adolescents, and children. Dr. Justice relies on providing conservative and appropriate measures that are tailored to each patient’s individual needs. She also handles cases for injured workers, performs mental health evaluations and assessments, and testifies in court concerning mental health issues in civil and criminal cases.
Servicing the Los Angeles and Orange County communities in California as well as teleconferencing in the greater New York area, Dr. Justice is currently the chief executive office and medical director of The Glaser Forensic Group in Woodland Hills, California, and she is attending psychiatrist at the Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk, California.
Dr. Justice first completed a Bachelor of Arts at the City University of New York in 1971. She completed post baccalaureate coursework in pre-med at Columbia University and Connecticut College between 1972 and 1973. She also attended Johns Hopkins University in pre-med in 1973. She obtained her medical degree at the College of Medicine at Howard University in 1977. She trained at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, Memorial Sloan Kettering and Harlem Hospital for her surgical residency. After completion of her chief resident surgical year, Dr. Justice completed fellowships in surgical oncology at the Howard University Cancer Center, and also completed a fellowship in surgical endoscopy at Columbia Presbyterian and the Harlem Hospital site.
At a young age, Dr. Justice excelled in her school work and knew that she wanted to pursue a career that would help others. After she graduated from the City University of New York she made a final decision to go into the field of medicine. She applied to and was accepted in a post baccalaureate program at Columbia University. She completed the pre-med studies at Connecticut College and one semester at Johns Hopkins. In 1973, she entered the College of Medicine at Howard University and received her Doctor of Medicine in 1977. Dr. Justice was the first African American woman to be accepted into the surgical program, to complete the surgical program, and to become chief resident in the surgical program.
Her surgical career lasted for 20 years and included not only fellowships and subspecialties, but also training residents, lecturing internationally and hosting a medical radio program that educated the community. During that time she also became involved with clinical investigations through the National Institutes of Health. She always knew that she wanted to stay in surgery for 20 years and then move on either psychiatry or the law. In the year 2000, Dr. Justice returned to training, this time in the field of psychiatry. She initially completed general adult psychiatry training, and then went on to do a fellowship in psychodynamic psychotherapy, forensic psychiatry and psychopharmacology.
Utilizing her many years of experience in forensic psychiatry, Dr. Justice has presented numerous lectures in such cities as Seattle; New York City, including Harlem; and Los Angeles, among others. For example, she has spoken at the Harlem Hospital Center’s 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. Most recently, Dr. Justice presented a lecture on PTSD in first line responders to the California Applicants Attorney’s Association in July 2020.
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. These include Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and her local homeless shelter, among others. 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 constantly changes and requires on going education to stay abreast of new developments. 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 exercising in her spare time.