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. He has appeared on the BBC, CNN, CBS News, and NPR’s Fresh Air. He was educated at Harvard and Columbia.
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
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.