Michael Norko, MD, MA

Professor of Psychiatry

Departments & Organizations

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

Office of Cooperative Research


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

Honors & Recognition

  • Manfred S. Guttmacher AwardAmerican Psychiatric Association and American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (2013)

  • Distinguished Alumnus AwardSaint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers of New York, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (2008)

  • Outstanding Service AwardConnecticut Psychiatry Society (2006)

  • Distinguished FellowAmerican Psychiatric Association (2003)

Professional Service

  • American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (2006 - Present) Outstanding Service Award


  • Theory and Practice of Risk Assessment Newcastle, United Kingdom (2006 - 2006)

    “Master Class”

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Contact Info

Michael Norko, MD, MA
Mailing Address
PsychiatryConnecticut Mental Health Center
134 Park Street

New Haven, CT 06511-