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  • The Austen Riggs Center has a unique approach to psychological testing.

    Director of Psychological Testing Christina Biedermann, PsyD, talks about elements of psychological testing at the Austen Riggs Center that are unique to Riggs, including a team approach, a testing battery that was put together by some of the best thinkers in psychodiagnostic testing and the way in which the testing data is analyzed and presented.

  • Director of Psychological Testing Christina Biedermann, PsyD, explains why psychological testing may be repeated after patients are admitted to the Austen Riggs Center.

  • Psychological Testing at the Austen Riggs Center

    Director of Psychological Testing Christina Biedermann, PsyD, gives an overview of psychological testing at Riggs and its place in the initial six-week treatment and evaluation phase at the Austen Riggs Center. She states, “We are trying to get a picture of someone’s internal world the best that we can.”

  • Dr. Stephen Xenakis, Brigadier General (Ret), USA is a Former Erikson Scholar at Austen Riggs.

    Erikson Scholar Brig. General (ret) Stephen Xenakis, MD spoke to an invited crowd of around 60 on Monday evening, August 10, 2015. The topic of his presentation was Up Close: Terrorism, Torture, PTSD and Radicalization. 

  • Amanda Meczywor reflects on her undergraduate research internship at the Austen Riggs Center.

    The undergraduate research internship at the Austen Riggs Center provides a rich, psychodynamically-focused learning experience for students. In part two of our blog series, we will hear reflections from Amanda Meczywor, a 2015 graduate from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA). 

  • The undergraduate research internship at the Austen Riggs Center provides a rich, psychodynamically-focused learning experience for students.

    The undergraduate research internship at the Austen Riggs Center provides a rich, psychodynamically-focused learning experience for students. In this two-part blog series, we will hear reflections from two of this summer’s research interns. 

  • New York Times Magazine article

    "Psychoanalysis needs to change its culture," states Dr. Gerber in the June 28 New York Times Magazine.  Dr. Gerber and others discuss the value of combining brain research with psychoanalysis. Below are excerpts from the article which seeks to answer the question, "Can brain-scanning help save Freudian psychoanalysis?"

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

    A Commentary by Toronto based historian of psychiatry, Edward Shorter, PhD has just been published in Psychiatric Times. Dr. Shorter’s provocative comments often but not always miss the mark, but nowhere are they more offensive, misinformed and misguided than in his attack on the biopsychosocial model and on psychoanalysis, which he compares to witchcraft. He asserts that the mental health system would benefit if both of these were dropped.

  • The importance of providing diapers to mothers

    One of the hidden problems of poverty is diaper need. Earlier this month, the Erikson Institute and the Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute sponsored a talk detailing the need for diapers. This video features Megan V. Smith, DrPH. of the Yale Department of Psychiatry, Child Study, and Public Health at the Yale University School of Medicine.

  • Richard Q. Ford, PhD

    It is not uncommon to find people who have spent a decade or two working at the Austen Riggs Center. There are even some who have spent 30 years tending to the mission and work. But Richard Q. Ford, PhD, who recently retired as the coordinator of psychological testing at Riggs, cultivated a 43-year relationship with Riggs as a fellow, a staff psychologist, a researcher and, for the last 20 years, as the coordinator of psychological testing. 

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