The annual Yochelson Visiting Professorship and the Dr. Samuel and Kathryn Yochelson Lecture provide a unique opportunity for formally celebrating the forensic psychiatry program and promoting scholarship. The professorship and lecture are funded through an endowment by the Yochelson family. Yochelson was a Yale educated psychologist and psychiatrist, best known as the senior author of The Criminal Personality (Yochelson and Samenow, 1976). Through the professorship, a distinguished scholar in forensic psychiatry spends a week giving major lectures and seminars.
The scholars have included Bernard Diamond, Alan Stone, Alan Dershowitz, Paul Appelbaum, the team of Lauren Roth, Darrel Regier, Peter Reddaway, and Richard Bonnie, that consulted to the Soviet Union on forensic psychiatry in 1989; John Monahan, Joseph Bloom, Robert Simon, Pamela Taylor, Roy O'Shaughnessy, Jeffrey Metzner, Robert Hare, Howard Zonana, Robert Phillips, Thomas Gutheil and Gwen Adshead.