Staff News

  • Dr. Jane Tillman’s presentation at Austen Riggs Center Centennial Conference Featured in Psychiatric News article by Mark Moran.

    Dr. Jane Tillman’s presentation at Austen Riggs Center Centennial Conference Featured in Psychiatric News article by Mark Moran.

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

    A joint team of researchers from the Austen Riggs Center, Long Island University, and Rutgers University hypothesize that for certain psychiatric patients, disturbed sleep negatively impacts daily interactions with others, and those negative interactions can in turn increase the likelihood of suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

  • Suicide Awareness Month

    Austen Riggs Center staff members Katie Lewis, PhD, and Lee Watroba spoke on local radio programs about suicide prevention awareness. 

  • The Hospital on Main Street exhibition, exploring the freedom to pursue recovery

    Austen Riggs Center Summer 2019 newsletter, celebrating the opening of “The Hospital on Main Street” exhibition, exploring the freedom to pursue recovery, and remembering Richard Q. Ford, PhD.

  • David Mintz, MD, is the Director of Psychiatric Education, the Associate Director of Training, and a Team Leader.

    Austen Riggs Center’s Director of Psychiatric Education David Mintz, MD, recently authored a piece about the APA Caucus on Psychotherapy and its meeting at the 2019 APA Annual Meeting in San Francisco that appears in the August 2, 2019 issue of Psychiatric News.  

  • Austen Riggs Center Medical Director/CEO Eric M. Plakun, MD, offers remarks on the burial of a time capsule to commemorate Riggs’ centennial.

    On Sunday, July 21, 2019, the Austen Riggs Center marked the official 100-year anniversary of its founding with a Founding Day celebration for current and former staff, patients, and Board of Trustee members. As part of the celebration, a time capsule–its contents curated by current staff and patients–was buried and Medical Director/CEO Eric M. Plakun, MD, offered these remarks.

  • Austen Riggs Center’s Dr. Jane G. Tillman talks with Norman Rockwell Museum’s Stephanie Plunket about Erik Erikson and Norman Rockwell’s relationship.

    Riggs staff member Jane G. Tillman, PhD, along with Norman Rockwell’s Deputy Director/Chief Curator, Stephanie Plunkett, kicked off the Art, Love, and Identity Lecture Series at the Norman Rockwell Museum on Tuesday, July 9, exploring the therapeutic friendship of illustrator Norman Rockwell and psychoanalyst Erik Erikson and highlighting shared themes in their work relationship. You can view the lecture in its entirety.

  •  John Zollinger as the director of communications.

    After an extensive national search, the Austen Riggs Center has hired John Zollinger, a seasoned journalist and non-profit marketing and fundraising professional, to serve as the Center’s director of communications, the organization announced today.

  • Heather Forouhar Graff, MD, is a psychiatry Fellow in psychoanalytic studies at the Austen Riggs Center.

    Dr. Heather Forouhar Graff, a psychiatry Fellow at the Austen Riggs Center, talks about some of the long-term benefits for psychiatry Fellows who train and practice in Riggs’ unique setting. 

  • Celebrating 100 years of lives reclaimed at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA.

    Austen Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to answer the question: “What does the Riggs Centennial Mean to Me?” Our second blog entry comes from IRB Administrator Kim Hunter-Schaedle, PhD.



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