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Reunion 2016 Keynote Speaker

John Kerr will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Austen Riggs Alumni Reunion.We are very pleased to introduce John Kerr as our Alumni Reunion 2016 Keynote Speaker. Mr. Kerr will be speaking on Saturday, October 1, 2016 as part of Reunion weekend (September 30-October 2, 2016).

John Kerr is the author of A Most Dangerous Method: The Story of Jung, Freud, &  Sabina Spielrein, (Knopf, 1993), a detailed historical study of the institutionalization of the psychoanalytic movement and the codification of psychoanalytic theory, which was made into a movie directed by David Cronenberg from a screenplay by Christopher Hampton, starring Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen, and Keira Knightley. Kerr was trained as a clinical psychologist at New York University and has worked as a staff psychologist in diverse inpatient and outpatient settings.  In addition, for many years, he was the senior editor at The Analytic Press, a publisher of books for psychoanalysts and other mental health professionals.  

In addition to writing articles for various psychoanalytic journals, he is the co-editor of Freud and the History of Psychoanalysis and of Attachment Theory: Social, Developmental, and Clinical Perspectives. He was formerly a research associate at the Institute for the History of Psychiatry at N.Y.-Cornell Weill Medical Center and an Erikson Scholar at Austen Riggs Center; he is currently a member of the Rapaport-Klein Discussion Group, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, a visiting teacher at the Harvard Medical School, and an honorary member of the William Alanson White Society of New York. Among the authors he has worked with as an editor are Philip Bromberg, Beatrice Beebe, Frank Lachmann, Joseph Lichtenberg, James Fosshage, Bernard Brandchaft, Laura Tessman, James Herzog, Jack Drescher, Susan Coates, Paul Lippmann, and Arnold Richards.  

Mr. Kerr now works as a private editor and is writing a play about the American psychiatrist, Harry Stack Sullivan, as well as a memoir about his years in Brooklyn, NY. John Kerr now lives in Portland, Maine.

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