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Christine B. L. Adams M.D.


Christine B.L. Adams, MD, is a child and adult psychiatrist practicing in Louisville, Kentucky. She is co-author with Homer B. Martin, M.D., of Living on Automatic: How Emotional Conditioning Shapes Our Lives and Relationships. This is a nonfiction book for general readers about the automatic knee-jerk thought, emotion, and behavior patterns present in all of us that we learn early in life and transmit generation after generation, leading to relationship difficulties, impaired judgment, misunderstandings, and emotional illnesses.

Living on Automatic has won the following book awards:

2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY), Gold Medal in Psychology/Mental Health

Award-Winning Finalist in the Best New Non-Fiction category of the 2018 Best Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest

Foreword INDIES Finalist 2018 Book of the Year Awards in Adult Nonfiction, Family, and Relationships Category

Dr. Adams is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine. She completed her General Residency in Psychiatry and also her Fellowship in Child Psychiatry at The University of Louisville School of Medicine. As a Fellow, she received the National Psychiatric Endowment Fund Award.

She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She was an examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in Child and Adult Psychiatry.

During her career, Dr. Adams was a forensic child psychiatrist and expert witness in court cases involving custody and childhood sexual abuse. She taught at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, was an appeals examiner for the Social Security Administration, and was a psychiatric consultant for the Department of Defense.

Dr. Adams conducts independent clinical research, publishes professional papers, presents at national and international psychiatry conferences, and contributes to psychiatric textbooks on the topics of child-rearing difficulties, childhood sexual abuse, women’s sexual development, child custody disputes, parent-child alienations, mental health stigma, frontal lobe brain pathology, and childhood aphasia.

Dr. Adams is the daughter and great-granddaughter of psychiatrists. In childhood, she spent summers on Cape Cod as a part of the annual summer migration of psychiatrists from large northeastern cities to vacation there. She was greatly influenced and intrigued by the many psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, psychologists, and psychiatric social workers who surrounded her from an early age.

Dr. Adams lives with her husband and currently teaches classes on personalities and relationships for The Veritas Society at Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY.

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