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Charles Atkins




Welcome and thank you for visiting the Charles Atkins web site.

Charles Atkins, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist, clinical trainer, and author of both fiction and non-fiction, both as Charles Atkins and under the pen name, Caleb James.  He lectures, and provides trainings and workshops, on topics related to mental health, mindfulness, and writing.

Dr. Atkins provides frequent workshops at the Connecticut Women's Consortium in Hamden. To view the current catalog, click here.

Co-Occurring Disorders: Integrated Assessment and Treatment of Substance Use and Mental Disorders

To read about this book click on the cover:

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Just released from Caleb James!


Book two in the Haffling trilogy

(Release January 2017)



 Read about Exile:

Read about Haffling:

Also by Caleb James: Dark Blood

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Lil and Ada return!

Lambda Literary Award Finalist!

Available for order at amazon.com and other on-line book sellers.

The third in the Lil and Ada series of murder mysteries.

What the reviewers say about Lil and Ada:

A fast-paced mystery with two unforgettable leading ladies. --Karen Keefe for Booklist about Best Place to Die

"Vultures at Twilight is a page turner and an edge-of-your-seat mystery. Definitely worth reading." 

Lambda Literary Review

"The two leading ladies add sweetness and a bit of spice to this entertaining read."

Emily Melton for Booklist on Vultures at Twilight

"VERDICT This winning second entry (after Vultures at Twilight) in a thriller series you simply must try will have you throwing out any assumptions you might have about gentle seniors. Psychiatrist Atkins uses his background to good effect, employing numerous psychological motives and creating a satisfyingly twisted plot." Library Journal  

"...a too-hot-to-handle thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats." Booklist on Vultures at Twilight

"...will keep readers turning the pages until the dramatic conclusion." Publisher's Weekly on Vultures at Twilight


Done to Death:

    Reality producer Barry Stromstein has a serious problem. If he can’t come up with a concept for a new antiques show ASAP, his terrifying boss – TV sensation Lenore Parks – will fire him. But when he talks to antiques columnist Lil Campbell, he unexpectedly hits pay dirt. Her partner, Ada Strauss, not only suggests the perfect hook for the show, but is the perfect woman to host it.

Ada’s elated, but production of The Final Reckoning seems blighted before it’s  begun when, shockingly, Leonore is murdered. But Barry seems strangely determined to continue, and as Lenore’s children – the unsettling Rachel and her beloved older brother Richard – become involved, the pilot episode becomes increasingly ghoulish in tone.

Ada’s enjoying herself – really, she is – but as she and Lil are drawn deeper into the lives and affairs of the Parks, they begin to suspect that there are dark, twisted secrets at the heart of the family, and real danger for them all . . .


Talks and Presentations:

As a speaker and consultant Dr. Atkins' areas of expertise include:

  1. Bipolar Disorder
  2. Opioid Dependence
  3. Psychopharmacology
  4. Mindfulness and the mind/body connection
  5. Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders
  6. Topics related to mental health, recovery and Harm Reduction.
  7. Humor and Healing and the mind-body connection.
  8. Stress reduction--a cognitive behavioral approach.
  9. The Art of Writing and the Business of Getting Published.
  10. Getting Away with Murder:  Exploring complex clinical and forensic topics through personal narrative and fiction.
  11. A Road Well Traveled: The Physician-Author and the Continuum of Story

Talks and seminars are tailored to the needs of each organization.  With advance notification, books can be sold at events with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the charity of choice.






To read more about specific books, click on their covers.


blog: www.charlesatkinsmd.blogspot.com



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