Joaniko Kohchi, MPhil, LCSW

Joaniko Kohchi, MPhil, LCSW, is an infant and early childhood mental health specialist with experience focusing on court-involved families spanning several regions of the United States. Ms.Kohchi has worked with children and families who have survived traumatic events, such as natural disasters or interpersonal violence, which often lead to out-of-home care. She has consulted in a variety of early care and school settings providing direct service to children and families and supporting teachers guiding children to realize their optimal learning and achieving developmental milestones. She is former clinical and research faculty at Tulane University School of Medicine and LSU Health Sciences Center, both in New Orleans, where she taught and supervised professionals from a wide range of disciplines. Ms. Kohchi was a primary clinician on the Tulane Infant Team, a specialized program that followed all children in foster care under the age of five in Jefferson Parish, LA, providing developmental and relationship assessment, therapeutic interventions, frequent court reports and testimony. The Tulane team was part of the Early Trauma Treatment Network, a SAMHSA effort to establish evidence-based interventions for traumatized children. Ms. Kohchi was part of the Pyramid Community Parent Resource Center in New Orleans, which was an early contributor to the Center for Evidence-Based Practice, now the Center for Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) and its partner organization, the Technical Assistance Center for Social Emotional Interventions (TACSEI). Ms. Kohchi has extensive experience working with children with developmental challenges of all ages, usually with co-occurring mental health disorders. Ms. Kohchi is a Child-Parent Psychotherapy provider and trainer at the Jewish Board in New York City. She has been a board member of NYZTT since 2013, and currently serves as an officer on the Executive Committee, as well as working on the Communications and Membership Committees.