Law and Psychiatry Fellowship Program

Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program

The Yale fellowship began in 1979 and quickly gained a national reputation for excellence and innovation in forensic psychiatry education. Under the leadership of Howard Zonana, MD, the program has grown to an enrollment of 6 fellows per year, making it the largest forensic training program in the country. The fellowship is a one-year, full-time, ACGME-accredited educational program that offers two tracks:

  • General adult (5 positions)
  • Child (1 position)

The program trains psychiatrists to develop expertise in the complex intersection of psychiatry, law, ethics, and public policy. It offers a broad-based training experience, with particular strengths in the areas of criminal law, public sector forensic psychiatry, and research/scholarship. Graduates of the fellowship become leaders in forensic psychiatry, influencing the direction of clinical practice, research, education, and mental health policy at the national and international levels.