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 in private practice and is a member of the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling 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 awarded a Lilly Theological Research Grant for their project Protestant Clergy Referral of Suicidal Persons. She was 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. She recently completed a study with Monica Geist and Mollie Clark where a model was developed that captures the skills needed for clergy to engage suicide in faith communities and how these skills progress. For more information on this research, please click here.