Dr. Eric M. Plakun is the Director of Admissions and Professional Relations 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, psychoanalytic psychotherapist, 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 more than thirty-five 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, past chair of the APA Assembly Allied Organizations Committee, a past member of the APA Assembly Executive Committee, past chair of the APA Committee on Psychotherapy by Psychiatrists, a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists and an Honorary 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 M.D. 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 psychiatric residency at Dartmouth and a Fellowship and Advanced Fellowship in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at Riggs.