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W Edward CraigheadJ Rex Fuqua Endowed ChairProfessor, Vice-Chair of the Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult DivisionDepartment of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


W. Edward Craighead, Ph.D., ABPP, earned his PhD in Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1970. He was appointed Assistant Professor at Pennsylvania State University (State College) where he progressed through the academic ranks to Professor and Director of Clinical Training. In 1985, he moved to a Professorship in Duke University Psychiatry, directed a CBT program, and served as Director of Clinical Training in Psychology. After a decade at Duke, he moved to the University of Colorado-Boulder as Professor and Director of Clinical Training, and he subsequently was selected to serve as Chair of the Psychology Department 

He has co-authored/edited 12 books, including a widely used graduate textbook, Psychopathology, co-edited with David Miklowitz and Linda Craighead. He helped launch and later served as Editor of Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, and he was the Editor of Behavior Therapy. He is a Past-President of: the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy (now ABCT), the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, and the Society of Clinical Psychology (the Clinical Division of the American Psychological Association). From the Society of Clinical Psychology, he received the Florence Halpern Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Clinical Psychology and a Presidential Citation for his Lifetime Contributions to Clinical Psychology. He recently was selected for the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies.

In addition to his scholarly work and teaching, Dr. Craighead established and currently oversees a child, adolescent, and young adult clinic that each year serves approximately 1,500 patients. Together with his wife, Linda Wilcoxon Craighead, Emory Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training, he established an APA accredited Child and Adolescent Internship that is fully-affiliated with Emory Psychology and trains three predoctoral interns each year. He continues to provide therapy for individuals with clinical problems, primarily Major Depressive and Bipolar Disorders.


Research Interests

Major depression and bipolar disorders: Assessment, prevention and treatment. Personality disorders and relapse/recurrence of mood disorders. Cognitive, interpersonal, and behavioral approaches to assessment and intervention for mood disorders among children, adolescents, and college students.

Research Areas

Over the past three decades, Dr. Craighead’s work has focused on cognitive behavioral models of Major Depression and Bipolar Disorders. His current research focuses on predictors of differential acute outcomes and maintenance of outcomes with CBT and antidepressants for treatment of depression among adults as well as mechanisms of therapeutic change for depressed adolescents. He has collaborated (with Eirikur Arnarson and other colleagues) on several European research projects evaluating programs aimed at preventing depression in Iceland, Portugal, Sweden, and Greece. The NIH and private foundations, including the Fuqua family foundations, AIM for Mental Health and the Mary and John Brock Foundation, have supported his research.


  • PSYC 190: Freshman Seminar
  • PSYC 541: Personality & Psychopathology
  • PSYC 750R: Clinical Supervision


Dr. Craighead has more than 200 peer-reviewed publications investigated psychosocial aspects, assessment, prevention, and treatments of Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorders.