Dr. Charles is a staff psychologist and member of the therapy staff. She is also a Training and Supervising Analyst with the Michigan Psychoanalytic Council, Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology at Michigan State University, faculty at several psychoanalytic institutes, and a member of the editorial boards of numerous psychoanalytic journals. Dr. Charles has published over 60 papers, three books, and three book chapters, presenting her work nationally and internationally. Her books include: Patterns: Building Blocks of Experience (The Analytic Press, 2002), Constructing Realities: Transformations Through Myth and Metaphor (Rodopi, 2004) and Learning from Experience: a Guidebook for Clinicians (The Analytic Press, 2004). A sequel to Learning From Experience is forthcoming from Jason Aronson.
Dr. Charles received her undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico and earned her MA and PhD in clinical psychology at Michigan State University. Her internship year was spent at the Michigan State University Counseling Center, where she was also part of the Multi-Ethnic Counseling Center Alliance (MECCA). As the Co-Chair of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society (APCS) and also Co-Chair of the APA Division 39 Early Career Committee, she is actively engaged in mentoring and promoting community involvement for those in the helping professions.
A poet and artist herself, Dr. Charles has worked extensively with artists, writers, and musicians. She has a special interest in the creative process and is currently investigating factors that facilitate and inhibit creativity. She also has a particular interest in the study of psychosis. She is the head of the Berkshire Chapter of the International Society for the Psychological Treatments of the Schizophrenias and Other Psychoses (ISPS) and is the co-founder of the Psychosis Research Lab at Austen Riggs.