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  • Eric M. Plakun, MD, DLFAPA, FACPsych, Associate Medical Director and Director of Admissions

    Austen Riggs Center Director of Biopsychosocial Advocacy Eric M. Plakun, MD, talks about the Biopsychosocial Advocacy strategic initiative at Riggs.

  • Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, is the CEO/Medical Director of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA.

    Psychiatry has long utilized symptom clusters to classify mental illness, and today the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which outlines specific conditions as independent entities, remains the standard tool in the field. However, in the past decade or so, there has been growing interest in new ways to characterize mental illness, such as through gene mutations or physiological recordings, which have the potential of adding depth and dimensionality to the understanding of mental illness, and of informing the treatment trajectory.

  • Austen Riggs Center Medical Director/CEO Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, explores neuroimaging research and advances that may expand our understanding psychotherapeutic change. 

  • Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, is the CEO/Medical Director of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA.

    Dr. Joshua Gordon, new director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), is a former Columbia University Medical Center colleague of Austen Riggs Center Medical Director/CEO Dr. Andrew J. Gerber, and was recently profiled in an article for Nature.

  • Meaning Matters is an online community, hosted by the Austen Riggs Center, that provides a place for mental health professionals and those in related disciplines to share information and thinking about a variety of topics.

    Meaning Matters is an online community, hosted by the Austen Riggs Center, that provides a place for mental health professionals and those in related disciplines to share information and thinking about a variety of topics. These include: human behavior and how it is impacted by conscious and unconscious processes, personality and motivational factors, relational dynamics, and the meaning of symptoms.

  • The open setting at the Austen Riggs Center.

    Medical Director/CEO (Associate Medical Director and Director of Biopsychosocial Advocacy at the time the article was written) Eric Plakun, MD, responds to the recent Times Union report that outlines BlueShield’s illegal denial of claims for mental and nutritional counseling.

  • Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, Medical Director/CEO

    WAMC spoke with Austen Riggs Center Medical Director and CEO Dr. Andrew Gerber about the ranking, Riggs’ unique treatment approach, and a variety of other topics related to psychiatry and mental illness. 

  • The Austen Riggs Center provides intensive psychodynamic psychotherapy.

    The Austen Riggs Center has been recognized as a “Best Hospital” for 2016-17 by U.S. News & World Report, ranking #9 in Psychiatry nationwide. Noteworthy among the top group of psychiatry honorees for its small size and integrated approach, the Austen Riggs Center emphasizes the importance of relationships, the discovery of meaning, and the role and responsibility of the patient.

  • Riggs clinicians offer resources on the unique approach to medication management at the Austen Riggs Center, called “psychodynamic psychopharmacology.”

    The Austen Riggs Center takes a unique approach to medication management called “psychodynamic psychopharmacology,” which attends to the meaning of medications and relies on the patient to be an active participant in assessing the effectiveness of medications.

  • The Austen Riggs Center is seeking a Director of Patient Services to direct the Center's nursing services.

    The Austen Riggs Center offers a full-time four year Fellowship for both psychologists and psychiatrists that is fully accredited as a psychoanalytic training program by the Accreditation Council for Psychoanalytic Education (ACPEinc). 

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