Michael Norko, MD, MA

Professor of Psychiatry

Research Departments & Organizations

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

Office of Cooperative Research

Research Interests

Forensic Psychiatry; Harm Reduction; Mental Health; Psychiatry; Religion; Risk Assessment; Spirituality; Violence

Research Summary

Measures of individual function as indicators for treatment and management of risk of violence to others; effectiveness of gun seizure laws in reducing violence; Interplay of religion, spirituality and psychiatry and mental health care; outcomes of service delivery in provision of forensic mental health care

Specialized Terms: Psychiatric risk assessment; gun violence and mental health; forensic mental health care system delivery; religion, spirituality and psychiatry/mental health; sexual diversity and religion

Extensive Research Description

  • Development of functional assessment measurement tool
  • Research on involuntary medication of patients being treated to restore competence to stand trial
  • Editing scholarly volume on sexual diversity and the Roman Catholic Church
  • Refinement of curriculum in religion, spirituality, and worldview for psychiatry residents and other health care professionals

Activities

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

    “Master Class”

Selected Publications

  • A Consultation and Supervision Model for Developing the Forensic Psychiatric Opinion.

    Buchanan A, Norko M, Baranoski M, Zonana H. A Consultation and Supervision Model for Developing the Forensic Psychiatric Opinion. The Journal Of The American Academy Of Psychiatry And The Law 2016, 44:300-8. 2016

  • Legislative Consultation and the Forensic Specialist

    Norko MA: Legislative Consultation and the Forensic Specialist, in Griffith EEH, Norko MA, Buchanan A, Baranoski MV, Zonana HV (eds): Bearing Witness to Change in Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology Practice. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016 2016

  • Bearing Witness to Change in Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology Practice

    Griffith EEH, Norko MA, Buchanan A, Baranoski MV, Zonana HV (eds): Bearing Witness to Change in Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology Practice. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016 2016

  • Assessing Insanity Acquittee Recidivism in Connecticut.

    Norko MA, Wasser T, Magro H, Leavitt-Smith E, Morton FJ, Hollis T. Assessing Insanity Acquittee Recidivism in Connecticut. Behavioral Sciences & The Law 2016, 34:423-43. 2016

  • Hospitalization

    Norko MA, Burns C, Dike C: Hospitalization, in Trestman RL, Appelbaum KL, Metzner JL: Oxford Textbook of Correctional Psychiatry. New York: Oxford University Press (2015), 141-145 2015

  • The forensic psychiatric report.

    Norko MA, Buchanan MA. The forensic psychiatric report. Journal Of Psychiatric Practice 2015, 21:67-71. 2015

  • DSM-5 and substance use disorders: clinicolegal implications.

    Norko MA, Fitch WL. DSM-5 and substance use disorders: clinicolegal implications. The Journal Of The American Academy Of Psychiatry And The Law 2014, 42:443-52. 2014

  • Gun Control Legislation in Connecticut: Effects on Persons with Mental Illness

    Norko MA, Baranoski M: Gun Control Legislation in Connecticut: Effects on Persons with Mental Illness. Connecticut Law Review 46: 1609-1631, 2014 2014

  • More Than a Monologue – Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church: Inquiry Thought, and Expression

    Hornbeck JP, Norko MA (eds): More Than a Monologue – Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church: Inquiry Thought, and Expression. New York: Fordham University Press, 2014 2014

  • Pursuing the journal mission.

    Norko MA, Griffith EE, Coleman JT. Pursuing the journal mission. The Journal Of The American Academy Of Psychiatry And The Law 2014, 42:282-9. 2014

  • Preventing Gun Violence Involving People with Serious Mental Illness

    Swanson JW, Robertson AG, Frisman LK, Norko MA, Lin H-J, Swartz MS, Cook PJ: Preventing Gun Violence Involving People with Serious Mental Illness, in Webster DW, Vernick JS (eds): Reducing Gun Violence in America – Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013, pp 33-51 2013

  • Psychiatric violence risk assessment.

    Buchanan A, Binder R, Norko M, Swartz M. Psychiatric violence risk assessment. The American Journal Of Psychiatry 2012, 169:340. 2012

  • The forensic evaluation and report: an agenda for research.

    Buchanan A, Norko M. The forensic evaluation and report: an agenda for research. The Journal Of The American Academy Of Psychiatry And The Law 2013, 41:359-65. 2013

  • Ethics in forensic psychiatry publishing.

    Kapoor R, Young JL, Coleman JT, Norko MA, Griffith EE. Ethics in forensic psychiatry publishing. The Journal Of The American Academy Of Psychiatry And The Law 2011, 39:332-41. 2011

  • The death penalty in Catholic teaching and medicine: intersections and places for dialogue.

    Norko MA. The death penalty in Catholic teaching and medicine: intersections and places for dialogue. The Journal Of The American Academy Of Psychiatry And The Law 2008, 36:470-81. 2008

  • The Forensic Unit

    Norko MA, Dike CC: The Forensic Unit, in Sharfstein SS (ed): The Textbook of Hospital Psychiatry. Washington DC: American Psychiatric Press, Inc, 2008. 2008

  • The prediction of violence; detection of dangerousness

    Norko MA, Baranoski MV: The prediction of violence; detection of dangerousness. Brief Treatment & Crisis Intervention 8:73-91, 2008. 2008

  • People of the Whirlwind.

    Norko MA: People of the Whirlwind. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 35: 373-380, 2007. 2007

  • Commentary: compassion at the core of forensic ethics.

    Norko MA. Commentary: compassion at the core of forensic ethics. The Journal Of The American Academy Of Psychiatry And The Law 2005, 33:386-9. 2005

  • The state of contemporary risk assessment research.

    Norko MA, Baranoski MV. The state of contemporary risk assessment research. Canadian Journal Of Psychiatry. Revue Canadienne De Psychiatrie 2005, 50:18-26. 2005

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