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Director of Psychological Testing Announced

The Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce that Christina Biedermann, Psy.D., has been appointed the new director of psychological testing, effective in June 2014, following the retirement of Dick Ford, Ph.D. Margaret Parish, Ph.D., director of patient care at the Austen Riggs Center commented, “Dr. Biedermann balances a deep respect for the rich and unique tradition at Riggs with her own interests in up-to-date developments in the field, including neuropsychological and cognitive assessment methods.”  

Dr. Biedermann attended Davidson College (Davidson, NC) for her undergraduate studies (BA) in psychology and gender studies before earning her doctorate in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in 2006.  Specializing in the treatment of trauma, she completed predoctoral training at the Victims of Violence Program at Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School (Cambridge, MA) and the Northampton Veterans' Affairs Hospital (Leeds, MA).  After completing an advanced postdoctoral fellowship in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Austen Riggs Center, she joined the staff in 2010.  She has lectured about Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, the intergenerational transmission of trauma, psychological and neuropsychological testing, and treatment resistance, and is involved in research using psychological assessment measures to identify risk factors for suicidality.  She is an assistant clinical team leader, a contributing editor for the Division/Review (a publication of the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association) and has a private practice.

About the Austen Riggs Center

Austen Riggs Center, a leading psychiatric hospital and residential treatment program, has been serving adults since 1919.  Within a completely open setting, patients are provided immersion in an intensive treatment milieu that emphasizes respectful engagement.  Individual, four times/weekly, psychodynamic psychotherapy is provided by doctors on staff.

 

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