Erikson Institute for Education and Research

Welcome to the Erikson Institute for Education and Research of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA.  Established in 1994, the Erikson Institute provides a place for psychoanalytic education, research, and community engagement.  The mission of the Erikson Institute is to provide clinicians, educators, researchers, and scholars with opportunities for a complex conversation about how to understand and respond to the problems faced by individuals, groups, and society.  

Embedded in the rich tradition of the Austen Riggs Center and the psychoanalytic hospital treatment of adult patients, the Erikson Institute accomplishes its mission through many offerings:  conferences, lectures, partnerships with other organizations, community engagement, clinical research, the Erikson Scholar-in-Residence program, a specialty library and growing archival collection of historical significance in the field of psychoanalytic hospital treatment, and national and international professional education provided by our staff via our online communities of learning.  

For over 65 years we have been committed to the clinical training of postdoctoral psychologists and post-residency psychiatrists. The Erikson Institute offers an Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program and Fellowship in Hospital-Based Psychotherapy for both psychiatrists and psychologists, a renowned faculty of psychoanalysts for teaching, and distinguished faculty noted for their specific expertise.

The Erikson Institute is named for Erik H. Erikson who was on the staff of the Austen Riggs Center for ten years, bringing his understanding of development occurring across the lifespan and a commitment to humanistic inquiry at the level of the individual, and importantly at the level of society and culture. Erikson’s psychosocial perspective broadened the field of psychoanalysis and shaped generations of clinicians.  Studying the individual and society in a cultural context and through interdisciplinary collaboration remain central values of the Erikson Institute.  I invite you to explore our website, attend our conferences and other events.

Jane Tillman, PhD, ABPP
Evelyn Stefansson Nef Director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research​

Upcoming Erikson Institute Events

Featured Resources

Below, you will find conference presentation recordings (edited for public viewing) and a number of additional resources from the Austen Riggs Center’s Virtual 2020 Fall Conference–Suicide: Culture & Community.  

Hannah Dreier Selected for 2020 Austen Riggs Erikson Prize.

This virtual event recognized and celebrated the recipient of the 2020 Austen Riggs Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media: Pulitzer-Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Hannah Dreier.

Jane Tillman, PhD, ABPP, Director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research

Jane G. Tillman, PhD, ABPP, director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research, talks about the wider application of the Erikson Institute.

Heather Churchill, PsyD, talks about the Austen Riggs Fellowship and the intense work in a supportive community.

Our psychology Fellows speak about their Fellowship experience and the things that make the Riggs Fellowship truly unique. 

Featured Video


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