Margaret Parish, PhD is the Director of Patient Care. A clinical psychologist, she provides and supervises psychotherapy, psychological assessment, and group consultation. She studies and writes about the interface between psychoanalysis and social systems, including in therapeutic communities, and has conducted seminars in psychopathology and social psychology. She is Past-President of the Board of the Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems, Boston’s A. K. Rice affiliate, and has served on staff in a number of group relations conferences. Her previous roles at Riggs include being a treatment team leader, the manager of the community center, and a consultant to outside organizations through the Erikson Institute Consultation Service.
Dr. Parish earned a BA in liberal arts from the “great books” program at St. John’s College and an MA in psychology (from an existential-phenomenological perspective) from Duquesne University. She worked for several years in community mental health before returning to earn her PhD in clinical psychology (from a psychoanalytic perspective) from the Derner Institute at Adelphi University, where she studied the relevance of attachment theory to understanding the process of psychotherapy. Subsequently, she completed the postdoctoral fellowship in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at Austen Riggs before joining the full time clinical staff.