Shelley H. Carson, PhD

Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University
Shelley Carson is an associate of the psychology department and a lecturer in Extension at Harvard University. She received her PhD in experimental psychopathology from Harvard in 2001. She has taught courses in abnormal psychology, developmental psychopathology, emotions, and creativity. She has also served as the faculty sponsor for Harvard's student mental health organization. Carson's research interests have focused on the interface between creativity and psychopathology, and her work in this area has been published in national and international scientific journals. Her research has also been featured on CNN, the Discovery Channel, the BBC, and NPR. Carson is part of a team funded by the US Department of Defense to develop a web-based intervention for post-traumatic stress symptoms for service members returning from deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan. She also writes a popular blog for Psychology Today called "Life As Art." Her book Your Creative Brain is due out in fall 2010. In 2010, she received the Petra T. Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award.


  • PhD Harvard University