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Rain Mason Olbert, PhD

Fellow in Psychology/Substance Use Services Coordinator

Rain Mason Olbert, PhD

Fellow in Psychology/Substance Use Services Coordinator

Education

  • BA in philosophy from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • PhD in clinical psychology from Fordham University
  • Pre-doctoral internship in health services psychology at the University of Virginia’s Counseling and Psychological Services
Rain Mason Olbert, PhD, is a postdoctoral Fellow in psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalytic studies who provides psychotherapy and psychological testing at the Austen Riggs Center. Olbert is also the substance use services coordinator at Austen Riggs.
Olbert trained as a psychotherapist in New York City in community mental health, college counseling, and hospital inpatient and outpatient settings. Before enrolling at Fordham they were employed as a research coordinator in David Penn's social cognition lab at UNC Chapel Hill, where they completed a bachelor's degree in philosophy prior to studying psychology.
From a scholarly perspective, Olbert has presented and written on schizophrenia and severe mental illness, the nature of psychiatric diagnostic categories, phenomenology, and divination and magical thinking.
Recently, they have taught seminars on Contemporary Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Addiction, and Transgender Psychoanalysis. As a long-time practitioner of Zen meditation, they also have an interest in spirituality and contemplative approaches to life and mental health.

Research/Clinical Interests

  • Trauma, personality disorders, psychosis, substance use disorders, and queer identity development