Dr. Steven Ackerman is a treatment team leader, a psychotherapist, a consultant to the therapeutic community program, the Accreditation Manager, and the Manager of Clinical and Organizational Evaluation at the Austen Riggs Center. Active in research, Dr. Ackerman’s primary interest is studying the therapeutic alliance through examining the interaction between personality, psychopathology, and psychotherapy process. He has presented and published on a variety of topics including: personality assessment, psychopathology, psychodynamic theory, psychotherapy process, treatment outcome, early termination, and long-term psychoanalytically oriented residential treatment.
Dr. Ackerman received his Bachelors Degree in clinical psychology from Rutgers University where he was a Paul Robeson Scholar, a Masters Degree in clinical psychology from Fairleigh Dickenson University, and a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Arkansas. Dr. Ackerman completed his pre-doctoral internship at Massachusetts Mental Health Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School system prior to completing his four-year advanced postdoctoral fellowship in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Austen Riggs Center.