Dr. Ginger Charles has worked as a police officer in Colorado since 1986. Dr. Charles received her PhD in Health Psychology from Saybrook University in 2005, while working as a police sergeant. Her profession of policing and dedication to service lead her to explore how to help police officers build resilience and inner strength. In 2013, Ginger decided to retire from law enforcement to teach, research, and write. She moved to California to begin the next stage of her career. She also wanted to surf waves rather than ride in snow.
Having worked as a police officer for almost three decades, she has a unique understanding, “living in the petri dish,” of the trauma and hardships that police officers and police leaders encounter daily. Her research is focused on identifying solutions to help police officers survive and thrive in their careers and beyond, while maintaining their mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health. In addition to her research, Dr. Charles teaches psychology courses at Modesto Junior College in Modesto, California.