Dr. Karen Mason
- Associate Professor of Counseling and Psychology
First Year at Gordon-Conwell:
- B.A. (Wheaton College)
- M.A. (Denver Seminary)
- M.A., Ph.D. (University of Denver)
- Preventing Suicide: a Handbook for Pastors, Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2014)
- When the Pieces Don’t Fit: Making Sense of Life’s Puzzles (Discovery House Publishers, 2008)
Counseling, Depression, Suicide
Dr. Mason, who joined Gordon-Conwell in 2006, is a native of Colorado. She has worked in the mental health field since 1990 in a variety of settings including the Mental Health Center of Denver as the Director of Quality Systems and the Office of Suicide Prevention at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as manager. In addition to teaching, she currently delivers direct care services at Lahey Behavioral Health in Ipswich and is a member of the American Psychological Association. She has taught at a number of schools in Colorado, as well as overseas at Murree Christian School in Pakistan and Hope Academy in Haiti. She has also delivered direct care and filled administrative positions at the Mental Health Center of Denver.
Dr. Mason’s research interests are focused on suicide prevention in the church. She, along with Gordon-Conwell professors Dr. Pablo Polischuk and Dr. Ray Pendleton, was recently awarded a Lilly Theological Research Grant for their project Protestant Clergy Referral of Suicidal Persons. She has recently been awarded another Lilly grant: Clergy Engagement in Suicide Intervention and Aftercare, with James D. Wines, Jr., MD, MPH, McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Center. If you would like to contribute your experience to this research, please .
Dr. Mason is an avid mountain climber. She, along with her family, has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mount Fuji in Japan, 14,000 foot mountains in Colorado and Mount Washington in New Hampshire.