Charles Raison, M.D.
Adjunct Associate Professor
Dr. Charles Raison is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Raison received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha and won the Missouri State Medical Association Award. He completed residency training at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital in Los Angele. Dr. Raison served as Director of Emergency Psychiatric services and Associate Director of consultation and evaluation services at UCLA prior to joining the faculty at Emory University. The recipient of several teaching awards, Dr. Raison receives research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Department of Human Services. His research focuses on bi-directional relationships between stress and immune systems, especially as these pertain to depression in the medically ill. 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. In addition to his activities at Emory, Dr. Raison is the mental health expert for cnn.com, serves as Chief Scientific Advisor for Contemplativehealth.com and is on the editorial board of Brain, Behavior and Immunity. He has been selected to serve as Chairman for the 2011 U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress.