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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

  • What Every Therapist Needs to Know
  • Principles of Forensic Report Writing
  • Deadly therapy: Lessons in liveliness from theater and performance theory.
  • Using early memories in psychotherapy: Roadmaps to presenting problems and treatment impasses
  • Patterns of child abuse: How dysfunctional transactions are replicated in individuals, families, and the child welfare system.


  • Making the Invisible Risibile
  • Paranoia and Action Movies
  • MMPI-2 codetypes and Rorschach ambitents are artifacts of measurement error
  • Clinical and forensic uses of the 16PF
  • New developments in the clinical use of the 16PF