Harrison Foundation Professor of Medicine and Law
Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences
Director, Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy
Professor of Public Policy, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
LL.B., University of Virginia School of Law, 1969
B.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1966
Professor Richard Bonnie teaches and writes about criminal law, bioethics and public policies relating to mental health, substance abuse, aging and public health.
Bonnie has been actively involved in public service throughout his career. Among many other positions, he has been associate director of the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse (1971-73); secretary of the first National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse (1975- 80); chair of Virginia's State Human Rights Committee responsible for protecting rights of persons with mental disabilities (1979-85), and chief advisor for the ABA Criminal Justice Mental Health Standards Project (1981-88). He is currently chairing a Commission on Mental Health Law Reform at the request of the chief justice of Virginia.
Bonnie has served as an advisor to the American Psychiatric Association Council on Psychiatry and Law since 1979, received the APA's Isaac Ray Award in 1998 for contributions to the field of forensic psychiatry, and was awarded a special presidential commendation in 2003 for his contributions to American psychiatry. He has also served on the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mental Health and the Law (1988-96) and is currently participating in the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mandated Community Treatment and in a new MacArthur Foundation Project on Law and Neuroscience.
In 1991, Bonnie was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. He has chaired numerous academy studies on subjects ranging from elder mistreatment to underage drinking, as well as a major IOM study on tobacco policy. He received the Yarmolinsky Medal in 2002 for his contributions to the IOM and the National Academies.
In 2007, Bonnie received the University of Virginia's highest honor, the Thomas Jefferson Award.
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