John Monahan, Ph.D.

John Monahan, Ph.D.

John S. Shannon Distinguished Professor of Law, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatric Medicine, University of Virginia

John Monahan, a psychologist, joined the Law School faculty in 1980. He currently holds the John S. Shannon Distinguished Professorship in Law. Monahan was elected a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1989, and has served on the Committee on Law and Justice of the National Research Council. He was elected a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. In 1997, he received an honorary law degree from the City University of New York. Since 1986, Monahan has directed two large research projects in the area of mental health law with support through grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Monahan is the author or editor of 15 books and has written more than 200 articles and chapters. One of those books, Social Science in Law, co-authored by Larry Walker, is entering its seventh edition and has just been published in Chinese. Two of his other books won the Manfred Guttmacher Award of the American Psychiatric Association for outstanding research in law and psychiatry: The Clinical Prediction of Violent Behavior in 1982 and (with others) Rethinking Risk Assessment in 2002. Monahan’s work has been cited frequently by courts, including the California Supreme Court in the landmark Tarasoff v. Regents and the U.S. Supreme Court in Barefoot v. Estelle, in which he was referred to as 'the leading thinker on the issue' of violence risk assessment.