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  • Medical office building Austen Riggs Center

    We asked current Riggs staff members to share what they enjoy about working at Riggs and received many responses, some of which are featured in this blog post.

  • 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. 

  • Barbara Turner Hart, MSN, nurse educator

    On a beautiful afternoon, Friday, June 27, co-workers and friends gathered to celebrate Barbara Turner Hart, MSN, nurse educator for the last 10 years at Riggs, as she retired from a 42-year career in nursing, 18 of which were spent at Riggs.

  • M. Gerard Fromm, PhD, ABPP, Senior Consultant, Erikson Institute for Education and Research

    The Activities Program – offering deep engagement with one’s inner potential – is the inspiration for the annual Creativity Seminar at Riggs as well as Dr. M. Gerard Fromm’s new book, A Spirit That Impels: Play, Creativity, and Psychoanalysis. The book includes a group of papers collected over ten years from the Creativity Seminars at Riggs.

  • David Mintz, MD presents at the APA meeting

    Austen Riggs Center staff members are presenting at the American Psychiatric Association’s 167th Annual Meeting in New York City. This year’s program is titled “Changing the Practice and Perception of Psychiatry.” Included in the theme of change in this year’s program is the inaugural meeting of the Psychotherapy Caucus, created to promote the importance of psychotherapy within psychiatry. Here is the schedule of Riggs presentations taking place at the APA meeting.

  • Division 39 president Marilyn Charles, Ph.D., ABPP

    The American Psychological Association (APA) Division 39 (Division of Psychoanalysis) is holding its 34th annual spring meeting Wednesday, April 23 through Sunday, April 27 in New York City.

  • Pamella Weeks, former therapeutic community staff member

    On March 26, Pamella Weeks, former therapeutic community staff member, lost her long and valiant struggle against ovarian cancer. Pam worked at the Austen Riggs Center for almost 20 years, starting in 1987 as a psychiatric worker. She became the Center-Wide Community Coordinator in the Therapeutic Community in March of 1994, a position she held up until she left Riggs in 2006.

  • James L. Sacksteder, M.D. medical director/CEO

    The Austen Riggs Center is excited to announce the emergence of a new generation of leaders who have been listening, learning and developing at Riggs for the past fifteen to twenty years. These new leaders represent both change and stability. A careful plan was developed to conduct this transition in leadership and incorporated throughout 2013 and early 2014. New leaders are in place and actively engaging in their work.

  • Historic View of the Austen Riggs Center

    As part of our Winter Chat series provided for patients and staff, three long-time staff members Donna M. Elmendorf, Ph.D., Diane Heckman, R.N. and Cornelia Kalischer facilitated a fun and freewheeling trip through the 95-year history of the Austen Riggs Center, stopping at several milestones along the way and engaging the specific interests of the audience by utilizing a question and answer format.

  • John P. Muller, PhD

    On December 31, 2013 John P. Muller, PhD stepped away from his job of twenty years as the Director of Training. He has left his erudite and sensible mark on a generation of Fellows who have developed as psychotherapists and, indeed, as human beings under his tutelage.



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