The Riggs Blog

The Riggs Blog is a mix of news about clinical work, research and educational activities from the Austen Riggs Center, as well as a source for information beyond our walls that we find interesting and thought-provoking. Senior clinical experts, researchers, and editors review all clinical content on this blog before it is published.

  • Tom Insel, MD, will present at the Austen Riggs Center's centennial conference on the Mental Health Crisis in America on September 21-22, 2019.

    Co-founder and President of Mindstrong Health, former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and recently appointed “Mental Health Czar” for the state of California

    Dr. Insel will give the Session 1 keynote presentation, “Beyond Magical Thinking” on Saturday morning at the Austen Riggs Center Centennial Conference, “The Mental Health Crisis in America.” 

  • The Hospital on Main Street exhibition, exploring the freedom to pursue recovery

    Austen Riggs Center Summer 2019 newsletter, celebrating the opening of “The Hospital on Main Street” exhibition, exploring the freedom to pursue recovery, and remembering Richard Q. Ford, PhD.

  • Celebrating 100 years of lives reclaimed at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA.

    If you are a journalist who covers topics related to suicide, mental health, access to care, the politics/economics of health care, and related issues, this conference will provide you with access to leading thinkers and policy-makers.

  • David Mintz, MD, is the Director of Psychiatric Education, the Associate Director of Training, and a Team Leader.

    Austen Riggs Center’s Director of Psychiatric Education David Mintz, MD, recently authored a piece about the APA Caucus on Psychotherapy and its meeting at the 2019 APA Annual Meeting in San Francisco that appears in the August 2, 2019 issue of Psychiatric News.  

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

    Jeremy D. Morris, PhD; and PhD candidate Erika Warbinton from the Blot Spot, interview Austen Riggs Center Associate Director of Admissions and Director of Psychological Testing Jeremey Ridenour, PsyD, about psychological testing and treatment at Riggs, testing in general, and other related topics. 

  • During a visit to the Austen Riggs Center earlier this year, George Yancy, PhD, spoke about his interests in philosophy, race, biography, and what “suturing” and “un-suturing” mean in the context of his work.

    During a visit to the Austen Riggs Center earlier this year, George Yancy, PhD, spoke about his interests in philosophy, race, biography, and what “suturing” and “un-suturing” mean in the context of his work. 

  • Medical Office Building

    The Austen Riggs Center has been recognized as a High Performing Hospital for 2019-20 by U.S. News & World Report. Unique among the top honorees for its small size and integrated approach to treatment, the Austen Riggs Center is a therapeutic community, open psychiatric hospital, and center for education and research, promoting resilience and self-direction in adults (18+) with complex psychiatric problems.

  • Austen Riggs Center Medical Director/CEO Eric M. Plakun, MD, offers remarks on the burial of a time capsule to commemorate Riggs’ centennial.

    On Sunday, July 21, 2019, the Austen Riggs Center marked the official 100-year anniversary of its founding with a Founding Day celebration for current and former staff, patients, and Board of Trustee members. As part of the celebration, a time capsule–its contents curated by current staff and patients–was buried and Medical Director/CEO Eric M. Plakun, MD, offered these remarks.

  • Austen Riggs Center’s Dr. Jane G. Tillman talks with Norman Rockwell Museum’s Stephanie Plunket about Erik Erikson and Norman Rockwell’s relationship.

    Riggs staff member Jane G. Tillman, PhD, along with Norman Rockwell’s Deputy Director/Chief Curator, Stephanie Plunkett, kicked off the Art, Love, and Identity Lecture Series at the Norman Rockwell Museum on Tuesday, July 9, exploring the therapeutic friendship of illustrator Norman Rockwell and psychoanalyst Erik Erikson and highlighting shared themes in their work relationship. You can view the lecture in its entirety.

  • Riggs Medical Director Dr. Plakun on the Four Freedoms in Mental Health Care

    Austen Riggs Center Medical Director/CEO Dr. Eric Plakun writes about the Four Freedoms of Mental Health Care



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