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  • Read the Austen Riggs Center newsletter, ARC News, Summer 2017 issue.

    Highlights from this issue include overviews of three of our six Strategic Initiatives:

    Biopsychosocial Advocacy
    Psychodynamic Psychopharmacology
    Suicide Research and Education

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

    The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis has announced that Austen Riggs Center Research Psychologist Katie Lewis, PhD, has been named the next Robert S. Wallerstein Fellow in Psychoanalytic Research. This prestigious Fellowship, which includes a minimum of five years of grant funding, will support Dr. Lewis’ research study, “Impact of Interpersonal Experiences on Maladaptive Thoughts and Behaviors: An Object Relations EMA Study.” Jane Tillman, PhD, ABPP, Evelyn Stefansson Nef Director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research at Austen Riggs, is co-investigator on the study and will serve as Dr. Lewis’ sponsor.

  • Commentary on Michelle Carter texting and suicide case by Austen Riggs Center’s Dr. Jane G. Tillman, director of Erikson Institute for Education and Research.

    The surprise verdict of guilty in the Michelle Carter texting and suicide case in a Massachusetts courtroom has far-reaching implications for how we think about suicide, personal responsibility and culpability, free speech, and our duty as citizens to one another, particularly those on the brink of suicide. As a psychologist and psychoanalyst who works with suicidal patients, and a researcher who studies suicide, the verdict leaves me deeply ambivalent. Words are the tools of my trade, and according to Judge Moniz, the wrong words, to the wrong person, at the wrong time can be equated with involuntary manslaughter.

  • Lee Watroba and Bertha Connelley are leading efforts to engage Riggs staff with suicide prevention and advocacy on the local and regional levels.

    Whether working locally with suicide prevention organizations, presenting at conferences, or contributing to the larger field of suicidology through research and scholarship, the Austen Riggs Center and its staff are committed to better understanding and preventing suicide.

  • Dr. Andrew J. Gerber is the CEO/Medical Director of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA.

    New England Psychologist interviews Austen Riggs Center Medical Director/CEO Andrew J. Gerber about the future of Riggs and health care.

  • David Mintz, MD presents at the APA meeting

    Later this month, Riggs clinicians will be presenting in San Diego, CA, at the 2017 Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry (AAPDP) and the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Riggs will also be exhibiting at the APA annual meeting.

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

    According to a recent report by the CDC, suicide rates have consistently increased over the last 15 years in the United States. Sources of risk for suicide attempts, which include both factors that are malleable (such as hopelessness) and those that are not (such as family history of suicide), have contributed to the development of multiple screening measures for suicide; however, the evaluation of risk factors alone has been shown to have limited efficacy in predicting individual suicide attempts. The fact remains that it is extraordinarily difficult to understand, let alone predict, the situations and influences that bring a person to try to take his or her life.

  • Austen Riggs Staff Psychiatrist Elizabeth Weinberg, MD, and Research Psychologist Katie Lewis, PhD, respond to a Scientific American article about suicide risk assessment.

    In their recently published Scientific American article “Suicide Risk Assessment Doesn’t Work,” Declan Murray and Patrick Devitt note the limitations of using risk factors in assessing suicide risk and address a significant problem in mental health. We agree with the conclusion that over-reliance on formulaic assessment can interfere with real engagement with patients. We cannot agree, however, that the best recommended practice is to send suicidal patients home with the reassurance that statistically they are likely to stay alive "no matter what we do."

  • The Austen Riggs Center is focusing some of our research efforts on the issue of suicide.

    Austen Riggs Center Erikson Institute Director Jane G. Tillman, PhD, talks about the Suicide Research and Education strategic initiative taking form at Riggs. 

  • articles on family involvement, borderline personality disorder, and suicide

    Winter 2016-17 of Austen Riggs Center, ARC News, featuring articles on family involvement, borderline personality disorder, and suicide research.

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