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Howard Zonana, MD

Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry

Contact Information

Howard Zonana, MD

Mailing Address

  • Psychiatry

    Conn. Mental Health Center, 34 Park St

    New Haven, CT 06519

    United States



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

  • Candidate
    Western New England Institute of Psychoanalysis (1971)
  • Assistant Professor
    Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT (1968)
  • Chief Resident
    Day Hospital (1966)
  • Psychiatry Residency
    Harvard at Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Boston Massachusetts (1966)
  • Internship
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine- Jacobi Hospital NYC, NY (1963)
  • MD
    Johns Hopkins University (1962)


  • Board Certification
    AB of Psychiatry & Neurology, Forensic Psychiatry (1994)
  • Board Certification
    AB of Psychiatry & Neurology, Psychiatry (1969)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Isaac Ray AwardAPA-AAPL2012
Golden Apple AwardThe American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law2006
Connecticut Psychiatric Society Service AwardConnecticut Psychiatric Society2004
Special Presidential CommendationAmerican Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law2003
The Outstanding Educator Award, Tri-State ChapterAmerican Academy Of Psychiatry and the Law2000
Seymour Pollack AwardThe American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law2000
Honorary Masters of ArtsYale Corporation1993
Silver AppleAmerican Academy of Psychiatry and the Law1993
Outstanding Service AwardAmerican Academy of Psychiatry & the Law1991
Outstanding Faculty, Psychiatric Residents Association Teaching AwardYale University School of Medicine1990
Connecticut Civil Liberties Union Citation of Merit1984
FellowAmerican Psychiatric Association1976
Henry Strong Denison ScholarJohns Hopkins University, School of Medicine1961
Phi Kappa PhiSyracuse University1958
Magna Cum LaudeSyracuse University1958
Phi Beta KappaSyracuse University1957

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