Eric M. Plakun, MD, DLFAPA, FACPsych
Eric M. Plakun, MD, DLFAPA, FACPsych, Associate Medical Director and Director of Admissions
Associate Medical Director and Director of Biopsychosocial Advocacy
Administrative Staff
Therapy Staff

Dr. Eric M. Plakun is the Associate Medical Director and Director of Biopsychosocial Advocacy at the Austen Riggs Center, where he is a member of the Senior Management Group and the Erikson Institute Management Group. A board certified psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, researcher and forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Plakun is the editor of New Perspectives on Narcissism (American Psychiatric Press, 1990) and Treatment Resistance and Patient Authority: The Austen Riggs Reader (Norton Professional Books, 2011), and author of close to fifty articles and book chapters on the diagnosis, treatment, longitudinal course and outcome of patients with borderline personality disorder and treatment resistant disorders. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a member of the APA Assembly, chair of the Assembly Committee of Representatives of Subspecialties and Sections, a member of the Assembly Executive Committee, past chair of the APA Committee on Psychotherapy by Psychiatrists, leader of the APA Psychotherapy Caucus, a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists, and a Fellow of the American College of Psychoanalysts. He is a former Trustee and a Psychoanalytic Fellow of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry. Dr. Plakun also served for over a decade with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology as a member of the written test committee and as an oral examiner. In 2003 Dr. Plakun was selected by the 1700-member Massachusetts Psychiatric Society as the “Outstanding Psychiatrist in Clinical Psychiatry.”

Dr. Plakun graduated from Hofstra University and received an MD from the Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons. After an internship in medicine at Dartmouth, Dr. Plakun worked as a rural general practitioner in Vermont before completing a psychiatry residency at Dartmouth and a Fellowship in Psychoanalytic Studies at Riggs.

For a list (and downloadable copies) of Dr. Plakun's publications, see: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Eric_Plakun

Dr. Eric Plakun Discusses his Path to Riggs


Dr. Eric Plakun Talks About What Keeps him at Austen Riggs