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Heather Forouhar Graff, MD

Assistant Team Leader/Staff Psychiatrist

Heather Forouhar Graff, MD

Assistant Team Leader/Staff Psychiatrist

Education

  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • BS from University of Connecticut Honors Program (University Scholar)
  • MD from University of Connecticut
  • Residency at the Institute of Living
  • Fellowship at the Austen Riggs Center
  • Candidate at the Western New England Institute of Psychoanalysis
  • Consultant Candidate at the A. K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems
Heather Forouhar Graff, MD, is a staff psychiatrist, therapist and assistant team leader at the Austen Riggs Center. She consults to process groups that are aimed at studying relationships to authority.
Dr. Forouhar began her education as a painter at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a special interest in perceptual phenomena such as pattern recognition and the interaction and relativity of color. As an undergraduate, she was a research fellow at The University of Chicago studying the neural correlates of learning and memory in songbirds as a model for language development.
She has presented on the nocebo effect in treatment resistance, the value of process groups in the experiential learning of group dynamics in psychiatric residents and on the narcissistic vulnerabilities of trainees and the associated obstacles to learning within the supervisory relationship.

Professional Affiliations/Organizational Memberships

  • A. K. Rice Institute
  • Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems

Certifications/Appointments

  • Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology

Awards/Recognitions

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship in Biological Sciences at The University of Chicago
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship in Computational Neuroscience at The University of Chicago
  • Frieda Fromm-Reichmann Award from the American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis
  • Boelhouwer Award for excellence in research, teaching and leadership from the Institute of Living

Research/Clinical Interests

  • Psychoanalysis and the psychodynamics of groups and leadership