• Read the Austen Riggs Center newsletter, ARC News, Summer 2017 issue.

    Highlights from this issue include overviews of three of our six Strategic Initiatives:

    Biopsychosocial Advocacy
    Psychodynamic Psychopharmacology
    Suicide Research and Education

  • Katie Lewis, PhD, is a research psychologist at the Austen Riggs Center.

    The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis has announced that Austen Riggs Center Research Psychologist Katie Lewis, PhD, has been named the next Robert S. Wallerstein Fellow in Psychoanalytic Research. This prestigious Fellowship, which includes a minimum of five years of grant funding, will support Dr. Lewis’ research study, “Impact of Interpersonal Experiences on Maladaptive Thoughts and Behaviors: An Object Relations EMA Study.” Jane Tillman, PhD, ABPP, Evelyn Stefansson Nef Director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research at Austen Riggs, is co-investigator on the study and will serve as Dr. Lewis’ sponsor.

  • We’d like to introduce you to a new section of our website, housed within the “Education/Training” section, that provides information on the Austen Riggs Center’s six strategic initiatives. Here you’ll find a brief overview, Riggs staff involved, and news related to each of the initiatives. Please read them, let us know what you think, and stay tuned for updates throughout the year. 

  • Lee Watroba and Bertha Connelley are leading efforts to engage Riggs staff with suicide prevention and advocacy on the local and regional levels.

    Whether working locally with suicide prevention organizations, presenting at conferences, or contributing to the larger field of suicidology through research and scholarship, the Austen Riggs Center and its staff are committed to better understanding and preventing suicide.

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

    New England Psychologist interviews Austen Riggs Center Medical Director/CEO Andrew J. Gerber about the future of Riggs and health care.

  • Lisa Barksdale-Shaw, JD, PhD is the current Erikson Scholar at the Austen Riggs Center.

    Lisa Barksdale-Shaw, JD, PhD, Erikson Scholar at the Austen Riggs Center from September to December 2016, reflects on her time at Riggs, what she worked on while she was here, and what she learned.

  • Katie Lewis, PhD, is a research psychologist at the Austen Riggs Center.

    According to a recent report by the CDC, suicide rates have consistently increased over the last 15 years in the United States. Sources of risk for suicide attempts, which include both factors that are malleable (such as hopelessness) and those that are not (such as family history of suicide), have contributed to the development of multiple screening measures for suicide; however, the evaluation of risk factors alone has been shown to have limited efficacy in predicting individual suicide attempts. The fact remains that it is extraordinarily difficult to understand, let alone predict, the situations and influences that bring a person to try to take his or her life.

  • Donna Elmendorf, PhD is the director of the Therapeutic Community Program.

    The Austen Riggs Center, through the Erikson Institute for Education and Research, has received a major grant from the John Leopold Weil and Geraldine Rickard Weil Memorial Charitable Foundation, Inc., to support its new Human Development Strategic Initiative. This multilayered initiative encompasses community intervention, research, and education, which are central tasks of the Erikson Institute.

  •  neural mediators of psychotherapeutic change, and human development.

    Spring 2017 issue of Austen Riggs Center, ARC News, featuring articles on three strategic initiatives: clinical systems, neural mediators of psychotherapeutic change, and human development.

  • Austen Riggs Staff Psychiatrist Elizabeth Weinberg, MD, and Research Psychologist Katie Lewis, PhD, respond to a Scientific American article about suicide risk assessment.

    In their recently published Scientific American article “Suicide Risk Assessment Doesn’t Work,” Declan Murray and Patrick Devitt note the limitations of using risk factors in assessing suicide risk and address a significant problem in mental health. We agree with the conclusion that over-reliance on formulaic assessment can interfere with real engagement with patients. We cannot agree, however, that the best recommended practice is to send suicidal patients home with the reassurance that statistically they are likely to stay alive "no matter what we do."



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