Howard V. Zonana, MD

Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Professor Adjunct of Law in Law

Departments & Organizations

Office of Student Research

Program for Biomedical Ethics

Psychiatry: Connecticut Mental Health Center | Law and Psychiatry, Division of

Yale Center for Asylum Medicine

Biography

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

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

Honors & Recognition

  • Phi Beta KappaSyracuse University (1957)

  • Phi Kappa PhiSyracuse University (1958)

  • Magna Cum LaudeSyracuse University (1958)

  • Henry Strong Denison ScholarJohns Hopkins University, School of Medicine (1961)

  • FellowAmerican Psychiatric Association (1976)

  • Connecticut Civil Liberties Union Citation of Merit (1984)

  • Outstanding Faculty, Psychiatric Residents Association Teaching AwardYale University School of Medicine (1990)

  • Outstanding Service AwardAmerican Academy of Psychiatry & the Law (1991)

  • Honorary Masters of ArtsYale Corporation (1993)

  • Silver AppleAmerican Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (1993)

  • The Outstanding Educator Award, Tri-State ChapterAmerican Academy Of Psychiatry and the Law (2000)

  • Seymour Pollack AwardThe American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (2000)

  • Special Presidential CommendationAmerican Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (2003)

  • Connecticut Psychiatric Society Service AwardConnecticut Psychiatric Society (2004)

  • Golden Apple AwardThe American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (2006)

  • Isaac Ray AwardAPA-AAPL (2012)

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Contact Info

Howard V. Zonana, MD
Office Location
Connecticut Mental Health Center
34 Park Street, Ste 152

New Haven, CT 06519
Mailing Address
Department of PsychiatryConn. Mental Health Center
34 Park St

New Haven, CT 06519

Curriculum Vitae

Law and Psychiatry