Media Inquiries

We are happy to respond to media inquiries specific to the Austen Riggs Center or about topics related to mental illness and mental health care.

For general inquiries or to schedule an interview with one of our experts listed below, please contact:

Janet Cooperman Hiser, MSW                                                     Aaron Beatty
Director of Communications and Advancement                           Communications Officer
413.931.5333                                                                                413.931.5245

Our Experts

Dr. Andrew J. Gerber is the CEO/Medical Director of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA.Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD
Medical Director/CEO
Associate Clinical Professor, Columbia University; Associate Clinical Professor, Yale Child Study Center; Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst 

Topics: Brain Imaging (MRI) Research, Psychiatric Hospital Treatment, Personality Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Autism, Depression, and Mental Health Policy. View Dr. Gerber’s bio.


Eric M. Plakun, MD is the Associate Medical Director and Director of Biopsychosocial Advocacy at the Austen Riggs Center.Eric M. Plakun, MD
Associate Medical Director / Director of Biopsychosocial Advocacy

Topics: Mental Health Care Parity, Ethics of Managed Care, Gun Violence, Psychotherapy, Psychiatry, and Psychiatric Disorders. View Dr. Plakun’s bio.


Jane G. Tillman, PhDJane G. Tillman, PhD
Evelyn Stefansson Nef Director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research
Assistant Clinical Professor, Yale Child Study Center; Teaching Associate in Psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance of Harvard Medical School

Topics: Effect of Suicide on Clinicians and Organizations, States of Mind Associated with Suicide Attempts, Impasses in Clinical Treatment, Professional Ethics in Psychology, and Psychoanalysis. View Dr. Tillman’s bio.


  • For general information about the Austen Riggs Center,
    please visit our Facts About Riggs page.
  • For a listing of recent press releases from the Austen Riggs Center,
    please visit our Press Releases page