Charles (Chuck) Raison, MD, the founding Director of the Center for Compassion Studies, is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine and Public Health, and is the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Children and Families in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Chuck founded the Center for Compassion Studies during his tenure as a Professor of Psychiatry in the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona, where among his mulitple research projects, he shepherded a multi-year study of compassion meditation in partnership with Emory University. Dr. Raison received 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 UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital in Los Angeles.
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 bi-directional 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 done pioneering studies on the use of cytokine antagonists for the treatment of major depression.
Dr. Raison is the mental health expert for CNN.com.