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Michael C. Karson


What I do

I teach clinical and forensic psychology.

Professional Biography

I practiced individual and couples psychotherapy, child welfare assessments, and personnel selection for 25 years before entering academia. I've written books on the 16PF, child abuse, early memories, forensic report writing, and psychotherapy.


  • JD, Western New England College, 2000
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan, 1978

Licensure / Accreditations

  • Member of the Bar (retd.)
  • Diplomate in Clinical Psychology
  • Licensed Psychologist

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association
  • Colorado Psychological Association


I blog at https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/feeling-our-way

Featured Publications

Karson, M. C. (2018). What every therapist needs to know. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.
Karson, M. C., & Nadkarni, L. I. (2013). Principles of Forensic Report Writing. Washington, D.C., USA: American Psychological Association.
Karson, M. C. (2008). Deadly therapy: Lessons in liveliness from theater and performance theory . Lanham, MD, USA: Jason Aronson.
Karson, M. C. (2006). Using early memories in psychotherapy: Roadmaps to presenting problems and treatment impasses. Lanham, MD, USA: Jason Aronson.
Karson, M. C. (2001). Patterns of child abuse: How dysfunctional transactions are replicated in individuals, families, and. New York, NY, USA: Haworth.


Karson, M. C. (2015). The Race Show. GaSPP!.
Karson, M. C. (2016). The Man Show. GaSPP!.
Karson, M. C. (2014). The Christian/Republican Show. GaSPP!.
Karson, M. C. (2014). The Client Show. GaSPP.
Karson, M. C. (1970). The Student Show. GaSPP!.


Karson, M. C., Goodwin, J. L., Nadkarni, L. I., Smith-Acuna, S., & Lubuguin, F. (2016). Making the Invisible Risibile. APA Annual Convention. Denver: APA.
Karson, M. C. (2016). Paranoia and Action Movies. APA Annual Convention.
Karson, M. C. (2006). MMPI-2 codetypes and Rorschach ambitents are artifacts of measurement error. San Diego: Society for Personality Assessment.
Karson, M. C. (2006). Clinical and forensic uses of the 16PF. San Diego: Society for Personality Assessment.
Karson, M. C. (1988). New developments in the clinical use of the 16PF. Annual Convention. Atlanta: APA.