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

    Medical Director and CEO, Andrew Gerber MD, PhD, has signed the pledge to become a CEO Against Stigma, taking his commitment to mental health for everyone another step further. By signing on to the campaign, created by the state chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Mass), Dr. Gerber demonstrates that a stigma-free work environment for his 142 employees and their families is a priority.

  • Spencer Biel, PsyD is the Associate Director of the Therapeutic Community Program at the Austen Riggs Center

    As an undergraduate student at the University of Vermont, Spencer Biel, PsyD, did not imagine he would become a therapist; “I took a circuitous route,” he says, first graduating as a philosophy major with an art history minor, then studying cooking in France and working for a time in New York City as a line cook. 

  • Dr Eric Plakun and Dr. Jane Tillman presented "Responding to the Impact of Suicide on Clinicians" at the 2016 APA Annual Meeting.

    What are the effects on the clinician when his/her patient dies by suicide? How to respond? Drs Plakun and Tillman have been offering a workshop on responding to the impact of suicide on clinicians as part of the APA Annual Meeting since 2004. 

  • Austen Riggs Center Clinicians Presenting at and around APA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA

    The Austen Riggs Center is pleased to have several members of its clinical staff attending and presenting at and around the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, May 14-18, 2016. 

  • Austen Riggs clinicians presenting at the Division 39 annual meeting.

    The Austen Riggs Center is pleased to have several members of its clinical staff attending and presenting at the American Psychological Association (APA) Division of Psychoanalysis 36th Annual Spring Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, April 6-10, 2016. 

  • Jeremy Ridenour, PsyD is a Fellow in Psychology at the Austen Riggs Center.

    Recently, Jeremy Ridenour, PsyD, a third-year Fellow in the advanced psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalytic studies program within the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center, was named the recipient of the Early Career Professional award from Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association. 

  • The Austen Riggs Center is pleased to have several members of its clinical staff attending and presenting at the 2016 Society for Personality Assessment (SPA) Convention in Chicago, Illinois. 

  • On January 15, 2016 at Gabriel’s Bar & Restaurant in New York City, Dr. Jane G. Tillman, director of the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center, hosted an Erikson Scholar reunion dinner.  The event was attended by nine former Erikson Scholars, along with Riggs Medical Director/CEO Dr. Andrew Gerber and former Director of the Erikson Institute Dr. Jerry Fromm. The evening was a chance for the scholars to get together as a group, not only as members of the Riggs Alumni Community, but also as members of a very special community of Erikson Scholars. 

  • The Austen Riggs Center Newsletter (ARC News).

    The Austen Riggs Center recently mailed out the latest edition of its regular newsletter the ARC News, which is published three time annually. Now, for the first time, we’re making a digital version of the ARC News available on our website, along with our past three issues.

  • Jennifer Stevens, PhD, ABPP is the Director of Training at the Austen Riggs Center.

    The Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce that Riggs clinician and Director of Training Jennifer Stevens, PhD, has become board certified in psychoanalysis by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). 



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