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Andrew Gerber, MD, PhD Joins the Staff as Medical Director/CEO
The Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce that Andrew Gerber, MD, PhD joins the staff as medical director/CEO today. When asked about his thoughts as he begins his tenure, Dr. Gerber shared the following comments:
I am very excited to be taking on the role of leader at the Austen Riggs Center. The Center’s long history and mission are extraordinary. I am a firm believer in the work and in that mission which emphasizes the importance of relationships, the discovery of meaning and the responsibility and authority of the individual patient. My primary attention will be firmly focused on the clinical operation and continuing the work for which Riggs is well known. It is a pleasure to become a part of the legacy at Riggs – a legacy that helps patients develop the competence they need to face and take responsibility for their life challenges.
Dr. Gerber was previously the director of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Research Program at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, the director of research at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and an assistant professor of psychiatry in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. He completed his medical and psychiatric training at Harvard Medical School, Cambridge Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College - Payne Whitney Clinic, where he served as chief resident, and his child psychiatry training at the combined Columbia-Cornell NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital program where he was also chief resident.
Dr. Gerber earned a PhD in psychology at University College London, where he studied with Peter Fonagy, PhD, and Joseph Sandler, PhD, investigating the process and outcome of psychotherapy in young adults. Dr. Gerber’s published scholarship shows his deep passion for research. He also maintained a private psychoanalytic practice while in New York.
Dr. Gerber is married to Andrea Gerber, PhD, who is a clinical psychologist. They have two daughters Samantha (8) and Lila (5) and the entire family is pleased about joining the Riggs community.