Richard Bonnie

Howard Zonana and the Transformation of Forensic Psychiatry

PUBLISHER
Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
DATE
2010
 

Abstract

In recognition of Howard Zonana' contributions, I take stock of progress of your field over three decades. You are the voice of psychiatry in the law, and interpreter of law to your colleagues in psychiatry. I offer provisional impressions of your collective accomplishments under three themes – expertise, influence and integrity. First, you have established and nurtured the expertise and authority of forensic psychiatry, which has become increasingly evidence-based and reflects a prudent sense of humility. Second, you have had a significant influence on the design and daily application of mental health law in both criminal and civil spheres. Through AAPL and relevant components of the APA, you have been a strong and effective advocate for protecting both the needs and rights of people with mental illness, and have had demonstrable influence in the Supreme Court as well as at the grassroots. Finally, you have nurtured and protected the ethical integrity of the profession in the face of ever-increasing challenges, due in no small measure to the habits of ethical reflection that Howard Zonana has modeled and taught over the course of his extraordinary career.

Citation

Richard J. Bonnie, Howard Zonana and the Transformation of Forensic Psychiatry, 38 Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 570-576 (2010).
 

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