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Heather Forouhar Graff, MD
Heather Forouhar Graff, MD, is a staff psychiatrist in psychoanalytic studies at the Austen Riggs Center.
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Dr. Forouhar Graff, MD, is a staff psychiatrist and assistant team leader at the Austen Riggs Center. Dr. Forouhar completed her residency training at The Institute of Living in Hartford, CT, where she served as chief resident and was the recipient of the Boelhouwer Award for excellence in research, teaching, and leadership. She was the recipient of the Scott Schwartz Award (formally known as the Frieda Fromm-Reichmann award) for the best original paper on psychodynamic psychiatry, by a training resident. She has presented nationally on the nocebo effect in treatment resistance and on the value of process groups in the experiential learning of group dynamics in psychiatric residents. She has presented professionally on the narcissistic vulnerabilities of trainees and the associated obstacles to learning within the supervisory relationship.

Dr. Forouhar completed the two-year scholar’s program at The Western New England Psychoanalytic Institute in New Haven, CT, and is currently a candidate at The Western New England Institute of Psychoanalysis. Additionally, Dr. Forouhar completed the adult psychoanalytic training program at the Austen Riggs Center and is currently in the training and certification program at the A. K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems.

Dr. Forouhar began her experience at Austen Riggs as a medical student doing research into the psychodynamics of medication non-responsiveness. As an undergraduate, she was a research fellow at The University of Chicago and studied the neural correlates of learning and memory in songbirds. She began her advanced education at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago as a painter, with a special interest in the perceptual phenomena of pattern recognition and the relativity of color. In addition to psychoanalytic studies, her current interests include the psychodynamics of groups and leadership.

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