Samar Habl, MD, Named Associate Medical Director at the Austen Riggs Center



Samar Habl, MD is the associate medical director and director of admissions at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA.The Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Samar Habl, MD, to the role of Associate Medical Director. During her nearly 15 years at Riggs, Dr. Habl has been a staff psychiatrist, a Team Leader, and, for the last four years, Director of Admissions.  

Medical Director/CEO Eric M. Plakun, MD, remarked, “Samar is particularly valued for her clinical skills, her passionate dedication to our mission, and for her boundary-focused voice on matters that affect Riggs. I expect that she will be a wonderful addition to Senior Leadership.”  

Dr. Habl will continue to serve in her roles of Director of Admissions and Team Leader. While admissions were temporarily suspended due to the ongoing pandemic, the Center will resume admitting new patients in May using COVID testing and quarantine protocols. You can read more about the admissions process here: www.austenriggs.org/admissions.  

Speaking about her appointment, Dr. Habl said, “I believe strongly in the mission and the unique and meaningful approach to the treatment of mental illness that Riggs has forged over the past century. And given the massive mental health impact this pandemic has had on society, I believe our approach will be critical to helping people recover after the outbreak.”  

More About Dr. Habl 

Dr. Habl is a board certified psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst. After graduating medical school from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, Dr. Habl pursued her residency training in psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, followed by a Fellowship in psychoanalytic studies at the Austen Riggs Center before joining the staff in 2009. Dr. Habl's interests include the study of groups and social systems as they pertain to organizational life and the application of group relation theories to leadership development. 

To learn more about Dr. Habl, and hear her speak about her path to Riggs, please visit: www.austenriggs.org/staff/samar-habl-md.  

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