Lee Damsky is a staff psychologist at Austen Riggs. She completed her PhD at the New School for Social Research where she received the Irvin Rock award in psychology for her graduate research on attachment and impulsive aggression in mood and personality disorders, conducted at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. She is a member of the Austen Riggs Suicide and Self-Destructive Behaviors Research Lab, and is currently leading research on the assessment of suicide risk in psychological testing. She is writing on the relationship between trauma and experiences of the sacred in both individuals and social groups. With graduate training in both psychodynamic psychotherapy and dialectical behavior therapy, she is developing approaches to the use of mindfulness-based skills in psychodynamic treatment.