Charles Raison, MD

Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
College of Medicine
Barry and Janet Lang Professor of Integrative Mental Health
John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona

Charles Raison, MD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Barry and Janet Lang Associate Professor of Integrative Mental Health at the John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Arizona in Tucson. Prior to this, he was Associate Professor and Clinical Director of the Mind-Body Program at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Raison earning his medical degree from Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha and won the Missouri State Medical Association Award. He completed residency training at the University of California, Los Angeles Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital.

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. His research focuses on bidirectional relationships between neuroendocrine and immune systems, especially as these pertain to depression in response to stress or medical illness. His research ranges from immune system effects on central nervous system functioning to the application of compassion meditation as a strategy to reduce inflammatory responses to psychosocial stress. Dr. Raison has also conducted pioneering studies on the use of cytokine antagonists for the treatment of major depression. In addition to his activities at University of Arizona, Dr. Raison is the mental health expert for CNN.com and serves on the editorial board of Brain, Behavior and Immunity.