Michael Albert Norko MD, MAR

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Biographical Info

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 Institute (CT’s maximum security psychiatric hospital) for a total of nearly 15 years; first as a unit chief and attending psychiatrist and later as Associate Director for Hospital Operations and then 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, and the Vice President of AAPL in 2005-2006. 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, 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.

International Activity

  • Theory and Practice of Risk Assessment
    Newcastle, United Kingdom(2006 - 2006)
    “Master Class”

Education & Training

SUNY Upstate Med Center (1983)
Yale Divinity School (2010)
St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center of New York, Psychiatry (1983 - 1987)
Fellow in Forensic Psychiatry
Yale University School of Medicine, Psychiatry (1987 - 1988)

Honors & Recognition

  • Manfred S. Guttmacher Award
    American Psychiatric Association and American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (2013)
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award
    Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers of New York, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (2008)
  • Outstanding Service Award
    Connecticut Psychiatry Society (2006)
  • Distinguished Fellow
    American Psychiatric Association (2003)

Professional Service

  • American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (10/20/2006)

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