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Jane G. Tillman, PhD, ABPP

Evelyn Stefansson Nef Director of the Erikson Institute for Education, Research, and Advocacy

Jane G. Tillman, PhD, ABPP

Evelyn Stefansson Nef Director of the Erikson Institute for Education, Research, and Advocacy

Education

  • BA from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • MDiv from Duke University
  • PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • Pre-doctoral internship at the Dartmouth Medical School
  • Fellowship in psychoanalytic studies at the Austen Riggs Center
  • Graduate of the Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute
As the Evelyn Stefansson Nef Director of the Erikson Institute, Jane G. Tillman, PhD, ABPP, works to develop existing and new programs to support psychoanalytic education, training, scholarship, research, interdisciplinary studies, and advocacy that contribute to knowledge about human development across the lifespan and the ways identity is shaped in various sociocultural and historical contexts. Developing Riggs’ institutional archives and specialty library to contribute to scholarly research is also a significant aspect of the Erikson Institute. Applying the clinical learning available at the Austen Riggs Center to larger social contexts and problems in order to contribute to our local community and beyond by improving access to mental health care, addressing issues of stigma, collaborative care, and suicide prevention are all aspects of the Erikson Institute.
As a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst Tillman treats patients at the Center. And, as a researcher, she is interested in suicide prevention and post-vention.
Tillman presents her scholarship and research in international forums including seminars, lectures, conferences, and publications.
Prior to entering the field of psychology Tillman was a flight paramedic for UNC Air Care. She is also an Episcopal priest serving a local congregation. Tillman notes, “In my work at Riggs I am made mindful of the various traumatic situations that contribute to suffering and the psychological and spiritual questions that arise in relation to suffering and meaning making.”
Outside of Riggs Tillman serves on several editorial boards for professional journals. She volunteers to present to local organizations and churches on the topic of suicide, trauma, and other organizational issues, and has served as an organizational consultant to several psychoanalytic institutes as they sought to understand institutional challenges.

Professional Affiliations/Organizational Memberships

  • American Psychological Association Division 39 (Psychoanalysis)
  • American Psychoanalytic Association
  • International Psychoanalytic Association
  • Western Massachusetts Albany Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology

Certifications/Appointments

  • Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in Psychoanalysis and in Clinical Psychology
  • Board Certified by the American Board of Psychoanalysis
  • Assistant clinical professor at the Yale Child Study Center
  • Teaching associate in psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance of Harvard Medical School
  • Associate editor of The Psychoanalytic Quarterly; editorial board member of Psychoanalytic Psychology; past editorial board member of The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association

Awards/Recognitions

  • Hans H. Strupp Award (2021) Appalachian Psychoanalytic Society
  • Award for Best Poster (2019) American Association of Suicidology
  • Ernest and Gertrude Ticho Memorial Lecture Prize (2019), American Psychoanalytic Association
  • Award for Excellence in Leadership (2010), Section for Women, Gender and Psychoanalysis, Division 39 of the APA

Research Interests

  • Dissociation, psychosis, religion, impasses in treatment, embodiment, clinical and professional ethics, research methodology, identifying markers for acute risk of suicide, and the effect of patient suicide on clinicians