Charles Raison, M.D.

Dr. Raison (Ray-zahn) is a Professor in the Human Development and Family Studies Department within the School of Human Ecology and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.  Prior to moving to the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2015, Dr. Raison was a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Arizona. Prior to his work at the University of Arizona, Dr. Raison was an Associate Professor at Emory University. Dr. Raison received his medical degree from Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha and won the Missouri State Medical Association Award. He completed residency training at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital in Los Angeles. In addition to his medical training, Dr. Raison obtained his Masters of English from the University of Denver.

The recipient of several teaching awards, Dr. Raison has received research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His visionary work focuses on the treatment of depression in response to illness and stress, translating neurobiological findings into novel interventions.  In addition to his activities at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Raison is the mental health expert for CNN.com.

               Kim Kelly, PhD. 

               Kim Kelly, PhD. 

Kimberly Kelly, Ph.D. , is a medical anthropologist with over 15 years experience in health research. Her work explores the intersections between humans and animals with a particular focus on using novel scientific methods to understand the biological, psychological, and social pathways through which animals and humans impact one another's health. She combines rigorous mixed methods research training with a background in public policy and outreach to partner with local, state and national organizations. Using a multidisciplinary lens and complex systems approach, she designs and implement research projects aimed at providing translational data that can be used to develop real world interventions and programs to improve interspecies relationships.

Kim is currently blogging about the science of the animal-human interaction at Doobert.com. You can read her blog here. 

 

Angelica Medrano, B.A., CCRP

Angelica Medrano, B.A., CCRP

Angelica has been a research coordinator in the Raison Research Group since 2013. She received a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Arizona in 2012. She received SOCRA certification in the spring of 2016 and is a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP). Angelica joined the group to gain more experience in clinical research before continuing her education. Her main area of interest is in schizophrenia. She is planning to apply to a Clinical Psychology PhD program in the future and hopes to research treatment modalities for negative symptoms and cognitive functioning in schizophrenia.

Anny Ortiz, B.A.

Anny Ortiz, B.A.

Anny joined the Raison Research Group in September 2016. She comes from Mexico to be trained as a researcher in the field of Psychoneuroimmunology. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Arizona State University and plans on beginning a Ph.D. program at the University of Wisconsin - Madison soon. 

For the past 15 years Anny had the opportunity to work in a variety of therapeutic programs where she received clinical training for working with adolescents dealing with mood issues, anxiety, depression, ADHD and substance abuse. She looks forward to starting graduate work and to the opportunity to conduct research studies aimed at discovering novel methods for treating mood disorders and other conditions that ail humanity in our world today. 

Clemens Janssen, Ph.D.

Clemens Janssen, Ph.D.

Clemens is a research associate in the Raison Lab. He graduated in physical therapy, received a Master's degree in Psychoneuroimmunology and subsequently led two therapy centers before he moved to the United States. His interests are in evolutionary psychology and nutrition, psychophysiology and non-verbal interpersonal communication.