Dr. Karasu, a graduate of the Department of Psychiatry of Yale School of Medicine, is a widely renowned psychiatrist, educator, author, and master psychotherapist with extensive experience in the treatment of depression and personality disorders.
Dr. Karasu is editor-in-chief emeritus of the American Journal of Psychotherapy and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). He chaired the APA’s Commission on Psychiatric Therapies, which produced a critical review of psychosocial and somatic therapies, and chaired another National task force comprised of over 400 scholars, researchers, and clinicians seeking to produce a seminal document on each psychiatric disorder. This four-volume report, Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders, was praised as being: “...twenty-five years ahead of its time,” by Atlantic Monthly, and “the best psychiatric book ever,” by Contemporary Psychiatry. Dr. Karasu also chaired the APA's Task Force whose efforts resulted in Practice Guidelines for Major Depressive Disorder in Adults.
He is a bestselling author whose works have been translated into many languages. He has published 24 books, including on the theory and practice of psychotherapy: Wisdom in the Practice of Psychotherapy; Deconstruction of Psychotherapy; The Psychotherapist as Healer; Life Witness: Evolution of the Psychotherapist; two popular books on spirituality: The Art of Serenity and The Spirit of Happiness; two novels: Of God and Madness and Gotham Chronicles: The Culture of Sociopathy; a book of poetry, Rags of My Soul; and two books of philosophical reflections: Maxims Minimus: Reflections in Microstyle and Eight Brief Lessons on Life.
In addition to being a prolific writer, Dr. Karasu has been a visiting professor, scholar, and titled lecturer at many academic institution, including: Hamilton Ford Lecturer at the Titus Harris Society; Harvard Bicentennial Lecturer at McLean Hospital; Hincks Memorial Lecturer at McMaster University; Ralph M. Patterson Memorial Lecturer at Ohio State University; Frederick L. Weniger Lectureship at the University of Pittsburgh; twice Royal College Speaker at the Mount Sinai Hospital at the University of Toronto; Winkelman Lecture at the Philadelphia Psychiatric Center; Frank O. Shobe Lecturer at Washington University; Nolan D.C. Lewis Visiting Professor and Scholar at the Carrier Foundation; Alfred H. Stanton Lectureship at Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital; Jeffrey Greenbaum Memorial Lecture at Long Island Jewish Medical Center/Hillside Hospital; Susanne Housman Memorial Lecturer at the New York University Medical Center; Jacob E. Finesinger Lecturer at the University of Maryland at Baltimore; the Harry Stack Sullivan Speaker at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hosiptal; Dean's Lecturer at Weill Cornell Medical College; John A. Graft Lecturer at the Mayo Clinic; and the recipient of the Sigmund Freud Award of the Psychoanalytical Physicians' Association; APA Presidential Commendation; and the Yale University School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry Distinguished Alumni Award.