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Dr. T. Byram Karasu, M.D.

T. Byram Karasu, M.D.

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dorothy and Marty Silverman Professor Emeritus in Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

University Chairman Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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Dr. Karasu 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 effort that resulted in Practice Guideline for Major Depressive Disorder in Adults.

A prolific author, his 21 books include Wisdom in the Practice of Psychotherapy, Deconstruction of Psychotherapy, The Psychotherapist as Healer, The Art of Serenity, The Spirit of Happiness, Of God and Madness, Rags of My Soul, Gotham Chronicles: The Culture of Sociopathy, Maxims Minimus: Reflections in Microstyle and Life Witness: Evolution of the Psychotherapist.

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ABCNews interviews T. Byram Karasu, M.D., about how children respond to a parent’s suicide, as in the case of Mary Kennedy, who had four children.

Time interviews Drs. Sophie Balk and T. Byram Karasu about the physical and psychological dangers of tanning booths, particularly for children.

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