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Charles Barber
Charles Barber is a Visiting Writer at Wesleyan and a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Yale.  He has written widely on mental health and criminal justice issues, both in popular and scholarly publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon, The Nation and Scientific American Mind. Charlie has appeared on the BBC, CNN, CBS News, and NPR’s Fresh Air.  With the Yale psychiatrist Bandy Lee, he is the co-editor of the forthcoming book The Wounded Healer: History, Theory, and the Needed Transformation of Our Culture of Health, to be published by the Springer Monograph series. Charlie was educated at Harvard and Columbia Universities.

As a criminal justice researcher, he co-designed a study funded by the Department of Justice involving the hiring of former prisoners to be counselors in a halfway house. The intervention resulted in dramatically lower criminal recidivism and was named the Outstanding Criminal Justice Program in the Northeast by the National Criminal Justice Association.

He lives in Connecticut with his family, and follows the travails and the successes of the Boston Red Sox with an obsessive particularity. He does his best writing at Blue State Coffee in New Haven.