Former Erikson Scholars
June 2013 - August 2013
Lewis Hyde is a poet, essayist, translator, and cultural critic with a particular interest in the public life of the imagination. His 1983 book, The Gift, illuminates and defends the non-commercial portion of artistic practice. Hyde's most recent book, Common as Air, is a spirited defense of our "cultural commons," that vast store of ideas, inventions, and works of art that we have inherited from the past and continue to enrich in the present. A MacArthur Fellow and former director of undergraduate creative writing at Harvard University, Hyde teaches during the fall semesters at Kenyon College, where he is the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing.
April 2013 - June 2013
John Kerr is the author of A Most Dangerous Method: The Story of Jung, Freud, & Sabrina Spielrein, a historical study of psychoanalysis, recently made into a movie. He 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. He is the co-editor of Freud and the History of Psychoanalysis and of Attachment Theory: Social, Developmental, and Clinical Perspectives. He is currently a member of the Rapaport-Klein Study Group, a visiting teacher at Harvard Medical School, and an honorary member of the William Alanson White Society of New York. As an Erikson Scholar he participated in research on early attachment while writing a play about the American psychiatrist, Harry Stack Sullivan.
September 2012 - December 2012
Anne Dailey, J.D. is Evangeline Starr Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law; Research Fellow at the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis. The recipient of the 2002 CORST Prize from the American Psychoanalytic Association, Professor Dailey is writing a book on psychoanalysis and the law, entitled When Rational Minds Differ: Psychoanalysis, Scientific Psychology, and Law, to be published by Yale University Press. The book presents a theoretical framework for understanding the relationship between law and psychoanalysis, one that begins with Oliver Wendell Holmes' legal theory of the "reasonable" person and goes on to explain why psychoanalysis is our best theory of why people so often act unreasonably. Anne proceeds to various legal applications of this idea, e.g., in the arena of family law, assisted suicide, race discrimination, child custody law, and other areas.
August 2012 - September 2012
Yuko Okamoto, Ph.D., is Professor of Clinical Psychology at Hiroshima University in Japan, and one of that country’s leading developmental and clinical psychologists. Dr. Okamoto is the author of numerous journal articles and books on adult identity crises and psychotherapy. As an Erikson Scholar, she examined the concept of adult generativity, especially as it related to the development and transmission of professional identity.
September 2011 - December 2011
Ann Murray, Ph.D., received her Ph.D. in Art History from Brown University. From 1974 until 2010, she was on the faculty of Wheaton College, Norton, MA, where she was Director of the Beard and Weil Art Galleries and Professor of Art History. Her courses spanned 19th-21st century art and included seminars on Vincent van Gogh and contemporary women artists, among other topics. Her project is a biography of Ruth Lynda Deyo (1884-1960), a prodigy pianist, composer, visual artist and synesthete whose bouts of depression and mood swings led her to spend the winter of 1912-13 in Stockbridge under the care of Austen Fox Riggs.
Wheaton Quarterly News Article on Ann Murray
Joshua Wolf Shenk is a widely published essayist. His book, Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness, was named one of the best books of 2005 by The New York Times. His Erikson Scholar project takes up the synergy of creative partnerships, the subject of his forthcoming book, Creative Collaborations.
April – May, 2011
Diptiranjan Pattanaik, Ph.D., from Orissa, India, is an Associate Professor of English at Bandaras Hindu University. His field is creative writing, children's fiction and literary criticism. His Erikson Scholar project has to do with what happens to tribal cultures when modernity comes into their experience.
September 2010 – December 2010
Ann Marie Plane, Ph. D., Psy.D., is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a graduate member of the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles. She is the author of one book, Colonial Intimacies: Indian Marriage in Early New England (Cornell U. P., 2000), and her current research, with a book forthcoming from University of Pennsylvania Press, explores dreams and visions as they reveal the processes of colonization in seventeenth-century New England.
February 2010 – May 2010
Bernard Reginster, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department, Brown University, Providence, RI. Professor Reginster's work focuses on issues in ethics, moral psychology, and philosophy of mind in 19th and 20th century continental philosophy. He has written a number of articles on Nietzsche and 19th century ethics, and a book, The Affirmation of Life: Nietzsche on Overcoming Nihilism (Harvard Press, 2006). His project as an Erikson Scholar re-examines basic concepts, like shame and alienation, from comtemporary philosophical and psychoanalytic perspectives.
July 2009 – August 2009
Jessica Stern, Ph.D., is one of the country's foremost experts on terrorism. She serves on the Hoover Institution Task Force on National Security and Law. In 2009, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her work on trauma and violence. She is a member of the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations. She has held positions as Lecturer on Law and Academic Director of the Program on Terrorism and the Law at Harvard Law School and served on President Clinton’s National Security Council. She was named a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Fellow of the World Economic Forum, and a Harvard MacArthur Fellow. In 2009, she was also a Fellow at the Yaddo Colony for the Arts and the MacDowell Colony. She is the author of Denial: A Memoir of Terror, named a best non-fiction book of 2010 by the Washington Post, Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill, selected by the New York Times as a notable book of the year; The Ultimate Terrorists; and numerous articles on terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. She is also an Advanced Academic Candidate at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis.
January 2009 – April 2009
Mark Lipton, Ph.D. is Professor of Management at the New School in New York City. He is currently director of the Tenenbaum Leadership Initiative, and is the author of Guiding Growth: How Vision Keeps Companies on Course (Harvard Business School Press, 2003). His research and opinions on management and strategy have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Journal of Management Consulting, Optimize, Executive Excellence, and Organization Development Journal, among others. His research at Riggs focused on entrepreneurship and its pathologies.
September 2008 – December 2008
Ellen Handler Spitz, Ph.D., is Honors Professor of Visual Art at the University of Maryland. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy and the Social Sciences from Columbia and her Masters degree in the teaching of the Fine Arts from Harvard. She has held a number of Fellowships, including at the Clark Art Institute, the Rutgers University Center for Children and Childhood Studies, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and the Sigmund Freud Center for Study and Research in Psychoanalysis at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a widely published author, whose several books include Image and Insight: Psychoanalysis and the Arts and The Brightening Glance: Imagination and Childhood.
September 2007 – September 2008
David Reiss, M.D. received his M.D. from Harvard and his psychoanalytic training from the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute where he was a Teaching Analyst. He is formerly the Director of the Center for Family Research and the Division of Psychiatric Research at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. He is the author of over 160 scientific papers as well as six books, including The Relationship Code: Deciphering Genetic and Social Influences on Adolescent Development (with Jenae Neiderheiser, Mavis Hetherington and Robert Plomin, Harvard, 2000) and principal investigator on many NIH grants investigating family relationships and genetic mechanisms in human development across the life span. His work at Riggs involved adapting research designs for evaluating process and outcome of treatment in a psychodynamically-oriented therapeutic community. He also works with Linda Mayes, Mary Target and Peter Fonagy at the Yale Child Study Center and the Anna Freud Center in London on integrating psychoanalytic thinking with genetics and family systems into programs of research on preventive intervention. He is also a consultant on genetics to the National Institute on Aging.
July 2008 – August 2008
Shmuel Erlich, Ph.D., and Mira Erlich-Ginor, M.A., are Training and Supervisory Psychoanalysts in the Israel Psychoanalytic Society, and innovative leaders in the field of group relations. They are Founding Members of the group relations organization, OFEK, in Israel, and Founding Members of the Partnership in Confronting Collective Atrocities. They are widely published and very involved with psychoanalytic education internationally. Shmuel was the Sigmund Freud Professor of Psychoanalysis at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and the President of the Israel Psychoanalytic Society. He was also a Fellow at the Austen Riggs Center in the late 1960s.
March 2006 – August 2006
Arthur Wesley Carr, Ph.D., is the retired Dean of Westminster Abbey, an experienced group relations consultant and author, having written extensively in the areas of pastoral care, the church in society, and the dynamics of groups and organizations. He is the co-author, with Edward Shapiro, M.D., of Lost in Familiar Places (Yale University Press, 1991).
September 2005 – December 2005
James Gilligan, M.D., is Visiting Professor of Psychiatry and Social Policy, University of Pennsylvania; Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Adjunct Professor, New York University; President, Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence; and author of numerous books and articles on violence.
July 2005 – July 2006
J. Christopher Perry, M.D., M.P. H. is a Professor of Psychiatry, McGill University; Director of Psychotherapy Research, Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry, Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital, Montreal; a former Research Affiliate of the Erikson Institute.
July 2005 – August 2005
Donna Bentolila, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst originally from Argentina and currently practicing in Boca Raton, Florida. She is a member of the Lacan Clinical Forum. Her work at Riggs involved a clinical study of her treatment of a very disturbed patient.
Erikson Scholars 1985 - 2005
9/2003 Vamik Volkan, M.D. – Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, University of Virginia, Training and Supervisory Analyst, Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. See Senior Erikson Scholar section.
7/2001 Erlich, H. Shmuel, Ph.D. - Sigmund Freud Professor of Psychoanalysis, Hebrew University, Jerusalem; President of the Israel Psychoanalytic Society.
8/1999 Burston, Daniel, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Psychology Duquesne University.
5/1999 Sebek, Michael, Ph.D. - President of the Czech Psychoanalytic Society.
11/1999 Harris, Adrienne, Ph.D. - Editor, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Studies in Gender and Sexuality and American Imago; Faculty and Supervisor at New York University.
10/1998 Francoise Davoine, Ph.D., and Jean-Max Gaudilliere, Ph.D. - Psychoanalysts in Paris; authors of History Beyond Trauma.
8/1998 Beitman, Bernard, M.D. - Chairman, Psychiatry & Neurology University of Missouri-Columbia.
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6/1998 Mohatt, Gerald, Ed.D. - Professor of Psychology, University of Alaska Fairbanks
11/1997 Brenman-Gibson, Margaret, Ph.D. - Member of American Psychoanalytic Association; Davidson Films.
7/1996 Appelbaum, Stephen A., Ph.D. - Prairie Village, KS; Authored "Evocativeness: Moving, and Persuasive Interventions in Psychotherapy."
9/1994 Demos, E. Virginia, Ed.D. - 1990-1994, Director, Treatment Center, Boston Institute for Psychotherapy.
7/1993 Eagle, Morris N., Ph.D. - Professor, Department of Applied Psychology, The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto; Faculty, New York Postdoctoral Training Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy; and Senior Clinical Associate, Clark Institute of Psychiatry, Toronto.
Sigourney Award Winner
7/1992 Muller, John P., Ph.D. - 1989-1992, Director of Psychology and Psychotherapy, Four Winds Hospital, Chicago.
7/1991 Meyer, Jon K., M.D. - Professor of Psychoanalysis and Professor of Psychiatry, Medical College of Wisconsin; Training and Supervising Analyst, Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis/Wisconsin New Training Facility.
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7/1990 Hanly, Charles M.T., Ph.D. - Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto; Training Analyst, Toronto and Canadian Psychoanalytic Institute.
1988-1989 Rafael Moses, M.D.
Sigourney Award Winner
7/1987 Tahka, Viekko, M.D. - Emeritus Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry; Former Head of Psychiatric University Clinic, University of Kuopio, Finland; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Universities of Helsinki and Turku; Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst, Honorary Member and former President, Finnish Psychoanalytical Society; former Vice President, European Psychoanalytic Federation; and Honorary Member, Finnish Psychiatric Association.
7/1985 Prelinger, Ernst, Ph.D. - Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, Yale University School of Medicine; Faculty, Western New England Institute of Psychoanalysis.