Shelley H. Carson, Ph.D.

Shelly Carson, Ph.D.

Shelley H. Carson, Ph.D., is Lecturer at Harvard University, the Department of Psychology. She received her doctorate from Harvard in 2001, and has been conducting research and teaching on the topics of creativity, psychopathology, and resilience since then. Her work has been published in national and international scientific journals as well as scholarly volumes. Her research on the interface between psychopathology and creativity has been presented at national symposia and highlighted in national media, including the Discovery Channel, CNN, and NPR, and Radio Free Europe. She has also served as a consultant on a major Department of Defense web project providing mental health interventions for Service Members returning from deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan. She is author of the brodadly acclaimed 2010 book Your Creative Brain: Seven Steps to Maximize Imagination, Productivity, and Innovation in Your Life (Jossey-Bass). She is also co-author of Almost Depressed: Is My (or My Loved One's) Unhappiness a Problem (Hazelden), which will be released in October 2013.

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Life as Art

In my over 15 years of researching ceativity at both the level of behavior and the level of the brain, I've found that all humans have innate creative capacity. Creativity skills are transferrable and can enrich all aspects of our lives. As we fulfill a quest to enhance our natural creative abilities, both our inner and outer worlds become infinitely fascinating! Life is art, and and each of us is a work of art in progress. Please join me to explore different facets of creativity and its impact on each of us.