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Faculty & Staff

The faculty of Law and Psychiatry comprise one of the nation’s premier forensic divisions. Deeply rooted in training, education, consultation and research, they are widely recognized as the top clinicians in their field. Perhaps the most enduring and prestigious role that Law and Psychiatry has played in the profession has been in defining the work and setting the standards for forensic psychiatry.

In addition to the Department of Psychiatry and School of Nursing faculty, Yale Law School faculty, along with clinical, research, supervisory and administrative staff, contribute to the work of the Division.

Founder and Emeritus Professor

  • Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry

    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.



  • Interim Co-Director

    Professor of Psychiatry; Co-Director, Law and Psychiatry Division, Psychiatry; Medical Director, Commissioner's Office, Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

    Charles C Dike is Professor of Psychiatry and Co-Director, Law and Psychiatry Division, Yale University School of Medicine. He is also Chief Medical Officer, Office of the Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and President of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Dr. Dike completed medical school at Obafemi Awolowo University (Formerly University of Ife), Ile-Ife, Nigeria, and psychiatric residency at All Birmingham Hospitals Psychiatric Training Scheme, University of Birmingham, England. After additional psychiatric residency training at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Dike completed a fellowship training in Law and Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medical. Dr. Dike obtained a Diploma in Clinical Psychiatry (DCP) from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ireland and was awarded a membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists of England in 1998. He obtained a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004. A past president of Connecticut Psychiatric Society, Dr. Dike is a Distinguished Fellow of American Psychiatric Association (DFAPA), Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists of England (FRCPsych), and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). He is also Chair of the APA Ethics Committee, and author of Ethics Corner, a monthly article discussing psychiatric and medical ethics concerns in practice, in Psychiatry News, a publication of the APA. Dr. Dike is a Special (Federal) Government Employee serving on the National Advisory Council of the Center for Mental Health Services of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, established the Charles C Dike Diversity Scholarship Award for his tireless work on Diversity and Inclusion and other issues pertinent to forensic psychiatric practice. His interest areas include medical and psychiatric ethics, pathological lying, management of aggression, health systems administration and forensic psychiatric consultations (civil and criminal)
  • Interim Co-Director

    Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Program Director, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, Forensic Psychiatry Fellows

    Dr. Kapoor is Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Law & Psychiatry Division, where her clinical work and scholarship focus on the intersection of mental illness, violence, and the criminal justice system. She has expertise in the psychiatric evaluation and treatment of violent and justice-involved individuals in a variety of treatment settings (e.g., prisons, jails, forensic hospitals, and the community). In addition, she serves as a Program Director for the Yale forensic psychiatry fellowship, teaching and supervising fellows in the country's largest training program for forensic psychiatrists. Dr. Kapoor has lectured nationally and internationally on forensic psychiatry and holds leadership positions in several professional organizations. She is chair of the American Psychiatric Association's Committee on Judicial Action and president of the Association of Directors of Forensic Psychiatry Fellowships, as well as a past president of the Connecticut Psychiatric Society and the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy. Prior to joining the Law & Psychiatry faculty, Dr. Kapoor completed residency training in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, a forensic psychiatry fellowship at Yale, and medical school at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.

Full-Time Faculty

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

    Dr. Catherine Burke is an Assistant Professor in the Law & Psychiatry Division at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Burke’s expertise is in forensic assessment conducting evaluations for the legal system, including competency to stand trial, mitigation, risk assessment, and immigration, among others. A second area of Dr. Burke's expertise is the treatment of addiction in criminal legal populations. She provides clinical care for adults in the legal system who present with addiction and associated co-morbidities at the Forensic Drug Diversion Clinic. Dr. Burke’s research interests are focused on the intersection of addiction and the criminal legal system.
  • Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Yale Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory; Clinical Director, Forensic Drug Diversion Clinic; Director, Yale Program for Sex Differences in Alcohol Use Disorder, Psychiatry

    Dr. Sherry McKee is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale Medical School, Director of the Yale Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory, and Clinical Director of the Forensic Drug Diversion Clinic. Dr. McKee directs a translational program of research focused on treatment development for addictive disorders, with an emphasis on women and more recently criminal justice populations. Her work spans clinical trials, behavioral pharmacology, survey research, and epidemiological research to uncover mechanisms underlying poor outcomes and to translate these finding into improved interventions. Dr. McKee has directed large NIH-funded efforts (P50-ORWH/NIDA; P01-ORWH/NIAAA) focused on developing effective medications for addictive behaviors which are responsive to sex-differences. Dr. McKee currently leads the Yale-SCORE on Sex Differences in Alcohol Use Disorder (U54AA027989, ORWH/NIAAA). For this effort, she directs an interdisciplinary team conducting translational cross-species research focused on expediting the development of gender-sensitive therapeutics for alcohol use disorder, mentoring junior faculty, and providing a national resource on women and alcohol. Dr. McKee also leads a federally funded partnership between Yale University, the of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and the State of Connecticut Department of Correction, to develop and implement an integrated system of addiction care for adults returning to their communities following incarceration.
  • Professor of Psychiatry

    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 worked at the Whiting Forensic Hospital (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, Deputy Editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (JAAPL) from 2003-2018; 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 (since 2007), and Editor of JAAPL (since 2019). Dr. Norko earned a Master of Arts in Religion degree at the Yale Divinity School (2010), and has taught 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) and is Secretary of the Caucus on Spirituality, Religion and Psychiatry of the American Psychiatric Association.
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Professor Adjunct of Law; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health; Faculty, Law and Psychiatry Division; Supervising Faculty, Psychosomatic Medicine Division

  • Kelly Barrett, Federal Defender, New Haven
  • Joseph Corradino, State’s Attorney, Bridgeport
  • Fiona Doherty, Yale Law School
  • Miriam Gohara, Yale Law School
  • Margaret Kelley, State’s Attorney, Milford/Ansonia
  • Marion Malafronte, State’s Attorney, New Haven Court for Juvenile Matters
  • Judith Resnik, Yale Law School
  • Sarah Russell, Quinnipiac Law School


  • Lisa Blumenthal, LCSW, New Haven Office of Court Evaluations
  • Mark Simoniello, LCSW, New Haven Office of Court Evaluations

Administrative Assistants

  • Josephine Buchanan
  • Betty Figueroa
  • Aida Segui
  • Christina Tomin