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  • The Austen Riggs Center provides intensive psychodynamic psychotherapy in a voluntary, open, and non-coercive community.

    Austen Riggs Center staff member Barbara Keegan writes about why she donates to Riggs in support of suicide research. 

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

    Katie Lewis, PhD, research psychologist at the Austen Riggs Center, has received the competitive Young Investigator Innovation Grant from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) for her study: “Impact of Interpersonal Experiences on Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors.” Dr. Lewis’ study was one of fewer than ten chosen out of 175 applications. 

  • Community meeting

    Austen Riggs Center staff members share why their work makes a difference.

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

    The Austen Riggs Center’s Board of Trustees announced today the appointment of Eric M. Plakun, MD, as medical director/CEO. 

  • Cheryl Puntil, MN, APRN, PMH-CNS, BC, is the chief nursing officer at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA.

    A national leader in psychiatric nursing, Cheryl Puntil has never lost touch with her bedside manner.

    “This is everything I wanted—the culmination of my career,” says Cheryl Puntil about her new role as Chief Nursing Officer at the Austen Riggs Center. She arrived in Stockbridge in late summer, prepared by a long and distinguished career in psychiatric nursing and confident that “all of my experiences brought me to this.” 

  • Why Paid Parental Leave Matters

    The Board of Trustees of the Austen Riggs Center recently approved a new parental leave policy for Riggs employees that grants new mothers, fathers, and adoptive and foster parents up to nine weeks of fully paid leave (above and beyond any accrued paid time off) during the first year with their new child. 

  • Dr. Roy Schafer was a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who understood much about psychoanalytic change while living through many changing times.

    Dr. Roy Schafer, a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who understood much about psychoanalytic change while living through many changing times, died on August 5, 2018, at the age of 95. He will be remembered for his pioneering work in psychological diagnostic assessment and for his seminal reconceptualization of psychoanalysis in the terms of “action language” in relation to subjective experience.

  • Eric M. Plakun, MD is the Associate Medical Director and Director of Biopsychosocial Advocacy at the Austen Riggs Center.

    In this video blog series, we will periodically feature Riggs staff members–who they are, where they come from, why they came to Riggs, and why they stay.

  • In this video blog series, we will periodically feature Riggs staff members–who they are, where they come from, why they came to Riggs, and why they stay. 

  • Dori Laub, MD, one of the foremost psychoanalytic theorists on trauma, passed away on June 23, 2018.

    Dori Laub, MD, one of the foremost psychoanalytic theorists on trauma, passed away on June 23, 2018. A Fellow in psychiatry at Riggs from 1967-1969, Dori was clinical professor of psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine and in private practice in New Haven, Connecticut. Born in Czernowitz, Romania in 1937, Dori received his medical degree at the Hadassah Medical School at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and his master’s degree in clinical psychology at the Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. 

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