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Professor John Monahan

Professor John Monahan

University of Virginia Law School
John S. Shannon Distinguished Professor of Law
Charlottesville, VA, USA


John Monahan, a psychologist, is the John S. Shannon Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia, where he is also Professor of Psychology and Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, and serves on the National Research Council.  Monahan was the founding President of the American Psychological Association's Division of Psychology and Law, and has been a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He twice directed research networks on mental health law for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He has received an honorary law degree from the City University of New York, and the Isaac Ray Award of the American Psychiatric Association.

Monahan is the author or editor of 17 books and over 250 articles and chapters. One of his books, Social Science in Law, co-authored by Laurens Walker, is now in its eighth edition and has been translated into Chinese. Two of his other books won the Manfred Guttmacher Award of the American Psychiatric Association for outstanding research in law and psychiatry. Monahan’s work has been cited frequently by courts, including the California Supreme Court in Tarasoff v. Regents, and the United States Supreme Court in Barefoot v. Estelle, in which he was referred to as "the leading thinker on the issue" of violence risk assessment.
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