Charles L. Raison, MDMary Sue and Mike Shannon Distinguished Chair for Healthy Minds, Children & Families; Professor

Charles Raison, MD, is the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Distinguished Chair for Healthy Minds, Children & Families and Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, School of Human Ecology, and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin–Madison. Web of Science named him one of the world’s most influential researchers, with nearly 11,000 citations in the decade preceding 2019 and 137 publications.

Prior to his appointment in the School of Human Ecology, he was Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, and the Barry and Janet Lang Professor of Integrative Mental Health at the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona. Dr. Raison serves as the founding Director of the Center for Compassion Studies in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona and is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Usona Institute. Dr. Raison is internationally recognized for his studies examining novel mechanisms involved in the development and treatment of major depression and other stress-related emotional and physical conditions, as well as for his work examining the physical and behavioral effects of compassion training. The recipient of several teaching awards, Dr. Raison has received research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Raison has received a NARSAD Independent Investigator Award and has Raison received the Raymond Pearl Memorial Award from the Human Biology Association “in recognition of his contributions to our understanding of evolutionary biocultural origins of mental health and illness.”

In addition to his academic activities, Dr. Raison is the mental health expert for

Recent press

Anxiety and depression relief, no therapist requiredDiscover Magazine, November 23, 2020
COVID-19 tied to mental illness diagnoses, WKOW 27 News, November 14, 2020
The relationship between inflammation and mental illnessesPsychiatry & Behavioral Health Learning Network, August 13, 2020
Depression: An evolutionary perspective with Charles Raison, MDPsychiatry & Behavioral Health Learning Network, May 25, 2020
How saunas could boost your mental healthOutside Online, March 15, 2020
Inflammation, saunas, and the new science of depressionArt of Manliness, February 17, 2020
How psychedelic experiences might treat depressionTo The Best of Our Knowledge, February 14, 2020
Inflammation predicts response to anti-depression medicationNeuroscience News, January 3, 2020
Can a trip-free psychedelic still help people with depression?Vice, November 7, 2019


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