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Research and Scholarship


Providing forensic evaluations and giving evidence in court force psychiatrists to confront a range of ethical challenges that are different from those encountered elsewhere in medicine. The Division of Law and Psychiatry has been at the forefront of addressing these challenges, both through publications in peer-reviewed journals and through the participation of the Division’s faculty in the ethical governance of professional organizations including the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.


Aversa D, Kapoor R. In-court testimony after dangerous client warnings. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law (2011) 39, 129-131.

Norko M. Compassion at the core of forensic ethics. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law (2005) 33, 386-389.

Zonana H, Buchanan A. Ethical issues in the treatment of sex offenders. In Sex Offenders: Identification, Risk Assessment, Treatment, and Legal Issues (2009; F. Saleh, A. Grudzinskas, J. Bradford and D. Brodsky, eds.), pp. 425-440. Oxford University Press: New York.

Zonana, H. The civil commitment of sex offenders. Science (1997) 278, 1248-1249.