Christopher Bartley, a pen name, is American with a PhD in Clinical Psychology and is presently a Professor of Psychology at the University of Hawaii and Director of Clinical Research at The Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas. The teaching responsibilities and consultancies in worthy and prestigious establishments are too numerous to list here. He still finds time to sit on a large number of editorial boards and is a Reviewer of countless psychiatric, behavioural research, mental health, obesity, depression and anxiety (to name but a few) journals and academic papers. He has had his works published in letters, papers, in journals and scholarly books, often making scientific presentations, and has written for media such as Time and The Huffington Post. He directs research and conducts clinical trials on chronic combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder mostly with prisoners and combat veterans, working to improve their mental health and separate science from quackery.
He has had an interest in American history since hearing a first-hand account of the Battle of San Juan Hill from his great-grandfather as a child, and then learning later of his father’s military service in Vietnam. He is also fascinated with the history of jazz, gangsters, bank robbers and baseball, all of which seems to converge in the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s. Writing noir crime and thriller novels set in the period just after prohibition affords him an enjoyably different aspect from his work and allows him to delve into research of one of his favourite periods.