Staff News

  • Family work

    Earlier this year, Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to write about the topic: “How My Work Makes a Difference.” Over the next few weeks, we’re going to feature several pieces authored by staff members across disciplines, speaking about the ways in which their individual work complements and contributes to the overall treatment of our patients.

  • Andrew Gerber, MD, PhD, Medical Director/CEO, Austen Riggs Center

    Austen Riggs Center Medical Director/CEO Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, will be a panelist at the event Shrinks: Clashing Views From Psychiatry Today being held on November 5, 2015 at 8:00pm at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology in New York City. 

  • Riggs Fellow in Advanced Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalytic Studies Heather Churchill, PsyD

    Colorado College alumna and current Riggs Fellow in Advanced Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalytic Studies Heather Churchill, PsyD, has been invited by her alma mater to speak about psychoanalysis and the work done at Riggs

  • Austen Riggs Center Participates in Berkshire County Out of Darkness Walk.

    A group of Riggs employees, family members and patients participated in the first-ever Berkshire County Out of the Darkness Walk, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).  Over 50 staff members participated to raise awareness and dollars to fund research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy and support survivors of suicide loss in Berkshire County. 

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

    Riggs Associate Medical Director and Director of Admissions Eric Plakun, MD, DLFAPA, FACPsych, was interviewed for a piece about the APA Caucus on Psychotherapy that appears in a recent issue of Psychiatric News

  • E. Virginia Demos, EdD, Staff Psychologist

    Dr. Demos arrived at the Austen Riggs Center as an Erikson Scholar at a time when Erikson Scholars spent an entire year at Riggs. When her successor was unable to fill the role, Dr. Demos was asked to stay on for an additional year, which proved enough to convince the Riggs staff and her that serving as a therapist at Riggs was a meaningful path forward. 

  • Remembering Jayne Brookes, Former Theatre Director at Riggs

    Throughout its history, Riggs has been the beneficiary of many talented individuals, patients and staff, who have shared their gifts with the Riggs community. Today, we take a moment to remember one who left an indelible mark on the activities program and well beyond. 

  • Andrew Gerber, MD, PhD, Medical Director/CEO, Austen Riggs Center

    The Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce that Andrew Gerber, MD, PhD joins the staff as medical director/CEO today.  Dr. Gerber was previously the director of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Research Program at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, the director of research at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and an assistant professor of psychiatry in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. He completed his medical and psychiatric training at Harvard Medical School, Cambridge Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College - Payne Whitney Clinic, where he served as chief resident, and his child psychiatry training at the combined Columbia-Cornell NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital program where he was also chief resident.

  • 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?"

  • Marilyn Charles therapy session

    Founded in 1979, the Division of Psychoanalysis is the 39th division of American Psychological Association. With a membership of over 3,000 professionals, the Division is one of the largest associations of psychoanalytic professionals of its kind. Marilyn Charles, PhD, staff psychologist at the Austen Riggs Center, is currently serving as the president of Division 39.  In April, the Division convened its annual meeting.  Dr. Charles provided a talk, titled “The Future of Psychoanalysis.”



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