Dr. Ali Saffet Gönül completed his primary and secondary education at TED Ankara College and his high school education at İzmir Bornova Anatolian High School. He received his medical education at Hacettepe Faculty of Medicine. During his medical education, he worked for a short time at the NHS Hospital Nephrology Unit in Sheffield, England. He completed his psychiatry residency at Erciyes University, Department of Psychiatry. After joining Ege University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry in 2002, Dr. Gönül continued his brain imaging studies. He became an associate professor in 2004 and in the same year he received training in structural and functional neuroimaging at the Louis Pasteur University Institute of Physics and Biology in Strasbourg with the Charcot Scholarship of the French Government. He worked as a post-doc at Stony Brook University Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Clinic and Brookhaven National Laboratory in the United States for one year. He was appointed as an associate professor of clinical psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Mercer University in Georgia in May 2007, and became a professor in the same department in 2014. Having received 3 poster awards at European Neuropsychopharmacology Congresses, Dr. Gönül won the “fellowship” award of the college that organized these congresses in 2003. In the same year, he obtained the right to receive international travel support given by the Society of Biological Psychiatry in the USA. Receiving the “fellowship” award of the New York Academy of Sciences in 2007. In 2009, he established the SoCAT (Standardization of Computational Anatomy Techniques for Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences) neuroimaging laboratory under the Department of Psychiatry at Ege University Faculty of Medicine. He was appointed as a professor in January 2011. In 2014, he became Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Mercer University. Between 2016 and 2017, he served as the director of Ege University Addiction, Toxicology and Drug Research Institute. He still continues his duties at Aegean Universities in Turkey and Mercer Universities in the USA. Research articles in more than sixty international indexes, It has posters presented in more than 100 international congresses. He is a member of the editorial board of Journal Affective Disorders. He is a referee for many national and international journals.