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Michael Norko MD, MA

Professor of Psychiatry

Contact Information

Michael Norko, MD, MA

Mailing Address

  • Psychiatry

    Connecticut Mental Health Center, 134 Park Street

    New Haven, CT, 06511-

    United States

Michael Norko
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Appointments

Biography

Dr. Michael Norko received his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University (1979), his MD from SUNY – Upstate Medical Center (1983) and trained in psychiatry at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York (1983-97), during which he also completed a certificate program in mental health administration at the New School for Social Research (1987). He completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at Yale University in 1988 and has since then been a member of the faculty of the Law and Psychiatry Division at Yale/ Connecticut Mental Health Center, including 7 years as Deputy Training Director. Dr. Norko is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and Past President of the Connecticut Psychiatric Society. Dr. Norko has worked at the Whiting Forensic Institute (CT’s maximum security psychiatric hospital) for a total of 17 years; first as a unit chief and attending psychiatrist and later as Associate Director for Hospital Operations, Medical Director and Director/CEO. He has chaired the Committee on Institutional and Correctional Forensic Psychiatry of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL), was Editor of the AAPL Newsletter from 1996 to 2003, the Vice President of AAPL in 2005-2006 and President of AAPL in 2016-17. He has published and presented nationally and internationally on a variety of topics related to psychiatry and law, including his special interest in the use of the concepts of dangerousness and risk in psychiatric practice. He is currently Director of Forensic Services for the CT Dept of Mental Health & Addiction Services, and Deputy Editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Dr. Norko earned a Master of Arts in Religion degree at the Yale Divinity School (2010), and teaches an elective course in the Department of Psychiatry on religion, spirituality, worldview and psychiatry. He chairs the Psychiatry and Religion Committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP).

Education & Training

  • MA
    Yale Divinity School (2010)
  • MD
    SUNY Upstate Med Center (1983)
  • Fellow in Forensic Psychiatry
    Yale University School of Medicine
  • Resident
    St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center of New York

Activities

  • Theory and Practice of Risk Assessment
    Newcastle, United Kingdom 2006
    “Master Class”

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Manfred S. Guttmacher AwardAmerican Psychiatric Association and American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law2013
Distinguished Alumnus AwardSaint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers of New York, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences2008
Outstanding Service AwardConnecticut Psychiatry Society2006
Distinguished FellowAmerican Psychiatric Association2003

Professional Service

OrganizationRoleDate
American Academy of Psychiatry and the LawOutstanding Service Award2006 - Present

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