Harvard Health Books

Shelley Carson PhD

Dr. Shelley Carson received her PhD in psychology from Harvard University in 2001, where she continues to conduct research, teach, and advise undergraduates. Her research on creativity, psychopathology, and resilience has been widely published in both national and international scientific journals, and her findings have been featured on the Discovery Channel, CNN, NPR, the BBC, and Radio Free Europe. In addition, Dr. Carson’s work has been noted in magazines such as Newsweek, Scientific American, and Psychology Today. Dr. Carson also writes the popular Psychology Today blog “Life as Art,” and she is the author of Your Creative Brain and co-author of Almost Depressed.

While winning multiple teaching awards at Harvard for her popular course Creativity: Madmen, Geniuses, and Harvard Students, Dr. Carson also maintains an active speaking schedule outside of the classroom, talking to such groups as the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus, the National Council on Disability, the Massachusetts Manic Depressive and Depressive Association, and the One Day University lecture series.

Since 2006, she has also served as a senior consultant and subject matter expert for the Department-of-Defense project afterdeployment.org, which provides innovative online mental health assistance to service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Your Creative Brain 
Based on Shelley’s New Book
  • Enhancing Creativity Across the Lifespan
  • Creativity: Madmen, Geniuses, and You
  • Psychological Resilience: Staying Strong Even in Bad Times
  • Understanding Depression in America
  • Why Did I Do That? The Psychology of Bad Choices