Howard V. Zonana MD

Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Professor Adjunct of Law in Law

Biographical Info

When Howard Zonana, MD, first became interested in forensic psychiatry, there was little connection between law and psychiatry in the City of New Haven, the State of Connecticut, or the Yale campus. In the mid-1970's, Dr. Zonana joined up with Marc Rubenstein and Lansing Crane, who were trying to create a forensic psychiatry program. They created the Yale Law and Psychiatry Division.

The Division is part of the Yale School of Medicine Psychiatry Department and Connecticut Mental Health Center. It is made up of four sections – forensic services, the New Haven Court Clinic, the Jail Diversion Program and research and scholarship. The staff includes licensed psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses and social workers as well as a training program in Forensic Psychiatry with funding for four fellows chosen annually through a competitive selection process. The work focuses on evaluations for the courts in civil and criminal matters, e.g. competency, criminal responsibility, pre-sentence evaluations, psychic harm.

Dr. Zonana also chaired the YNHH Bioethics Committee for over 15 years and remains a member of the Committee. He also has an Adjunct Appt at Yale Law School and consults to Clinics there, such as the Immigration, Veterans, and Criminal Clinics where law students under supervision, represent clients. He also works with the American Psychiatric Assn. on the Council of Psychiatry and the Law and Judicial Action Committee.

Education & Training

Johns Hopkins University (1962)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine- Jacobi Hospital NYC, NY, Medicine (1962 - 1963)
Psychiatry Residency
Harvard at Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Boston Massachusetts
Chief Resident
Day Hospital
Assistant Professor
Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
Western New England Institute of Psychoanalysis

Honors & Recognition

  • Phi Beta Kappa
    Syracuse University (1957)
  • Phi Kappa Phi
    Syracuse University (1958)
  • Magna Cum Laude
    Syracuse University (1958)
  • Henry Strong Denison Scholar
    Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine (1961)
  • Fellow
    American Psychiatric Association (1976)
  • Connecticut Civil Liberties Union Citation of Merit
  • Outstanding Faculty, Psychiatric Residents Association Teaching Award
    Yale University School of Medicine (1990)
  • Outstanding Service Award
    American Academy of Psychiatry & the Law (1991)
  • Honorary Masters of Arts
    Yale Corporation (1993)
  • Silver Apple
    American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (1993)
  • The Outstanding Educator Award, Tri-State Chapter
    American Academy Of Psychiatry and the Law (2000)
  • Seymour Pollack Award
    The American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (2000)
  • Special Presidential Commendation
    American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (2003)
  • Connecticut Psychiatric Society Service Award
    Connecticut Psychiatric Society (2004)
  • Golden Apple Award
    The American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (2006)
  • Isaac Ray Award
    APA-AAPL (2012)

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