Dr. James L. Sacksteder is a distinguished faculty member in the Erikson Institute for Education and Research. He previously served as the Medical Director/CEO at the Austen Riggs Center. A board certified psychiatrist, Dr. Sacksteder has been a dedicated clinician whose commitment to the Austen Riggs Center spans nearly four decades.
Dr. Sacksteder has written over twenty articles and book chapters on the treatment of anorexia nervosa, long-term psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy of severely disturbed patients, narcissism, object relations theory, and ego psychology. He is co-editor of Attachment and the Therapeutic Process with Daniel P. Schwartz, M.D. and Yoshiharu Akabane, M.D.: (International University Press, 1987). Dr. Sacksteder was a lecturer at Smith College School of Social Work for over twenty years.
Dr. Sacksteder received his M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School. He completed a psychiatric residency at Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry before completing a Fellowship and Advanced Fellowship in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at Riggs.