Charles L. Raison, MD, is a psychiatrist internationally recognized for his groundbreaking research on enhancing emotional well-being in the modern world. From pioneering research on the role of the immune system in mood and anxiety disorders to studies demonstrating that a variety of ancient human wellness practices may hold promise as novel treatments for depression, his work is at the cutting edge of science.
Dr. Raison conducted the first scientific studies to examine the potential of Tibetan Buddhist-informed compassion meditation for enhancing stress resiliency and was the first scientist in the world to demonstrate that hyperthermia has clinically-relevant antidepressant effects. Currently, Dr. Raison plays a leadership role in the development and testing of psychedelic medicines for the treatment of major depression.
With a unique ability to inspire audiences by translating science into guidelines for improving our everyday lives, Dr. Raison provides new perspectives in our quest to reducing depression and optimizing well-being.
Dr. Raison is the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Children & Families and Professor in the School of Human Ecology, and Professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a Founding Faculty member for the Center for Healthy Minds at UW-Madison and serves as the Director of Translational Research for the Usona Institute.
As a mental health expert for CNN.com, Dr. Raison knows how to make research understandable – both in keynote addresses and in quick take-aways. He has appeared on television and radio shows nationwide.
To learn more about Chuck, visit his UW-Madison SoHE profile.