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Dr. Karen Mason

Professor of Counseling and Psychology, Director of the Counseling Department


Dr. Karen Mason is a Professor of Counseling and Psychology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where she has prepared students to be licensed mental health counselors since 2006. She is a native of Colorado (and loves to ski and hike). She learned French while growing up in France, some German while living in Austria and some Haitian Creole while living in Haiti, teaching at Hope Academy. She has also lived in Pakistan, teaching at Murree Christian School. She completed an M.A. in Old Testament at Denver Seminary and an M.A. and Ph.D. in counseling psychology at the University of Denver with a minor in industrial / organizational psychology.

In addition to being a licensed professional counselor and a licensed psychologist, she has managed teams and several high impact projects at the Mental Health Center of Denver. Before moving to Massachusetts, she managed the Office of Suicide Prevention at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She has worked in the mental health field since 1990 with clients across the age-span and in a variety of settings including Lahey Behavioral Health. She is currently in private practice. Her research is focused on the clergy’s and faith community’s role in suicide prevention. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the American Psychological Association.


  • B.A. (Wheaton College)
  • M.A. (Denver Seminary)
  • M.A., Ph.D. (University of Denver)


  • Preaching Hope in Darkness: Help for Pastors in Addressing Suicide from the Pulpit (with Scott M. Gibson) (Lexham Press, 2020)
  • “Unique experiences in religious groups, in the U.S. and China—a qualitative study.” Journal of Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 21(6), 609-624 (with Hu, Y., Kim, E., Korver, D., Xia, L., & Coniglio, N.) (2019)
  • “God’s Common Grace and the Theological Praxis of Counseling” in Gordon L. Isaac and Eckhard J. Schnabel, eds., Reformation Celebration: The Significance of Scripture, Grace, Faith and Christ (Hendrickson Publishers, 2018)
  • Preventing Suicide: a Handbook for Pastors, Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors (InterVarsity Press, 2014)
  • When the Pieces Don’t Fit: Making Sense of Life’s Puzzles (Discovery House Publishers, 2007)

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