Board of Trustees Announces Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, as Next Medical Director/CEO



Andrew Gerber, MD, PhD, Medical Director/CEO, Austen Riggs CenterOn behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Austen Riggs Center, I am pleased to announce that Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, will be the next medical director/CEO for the Austen Riggs Center. Dr. Gerber will begin his appointment on July 1, 2015.

Dr. Gerber is currently the director of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Research Program at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, the director of research at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and an assistant professor of psychiatry in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. He completed his medical and psychiatric training at Harvard Medical School, Cambridge Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College - Payne Whitney Clinic, where he served as chief resident; his child psychiatry training at the combined Columbia-Cornell NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital program where he was also chief resident.

Dr. Gerber earned a PhD in psychology at University College London, where he studied with Peter Fonagy, PhD, and Joseph Sandler, PhD, investigating the process and outcome of psychotherapy in young adults. Dr. Gerber’s published scholarship shows his deep passion for research.  He currently maintains a private psychoanalytic practice in New York.

Having been selected through a national search, the Board of Trustees is fully confident that Dr. Gerber will bring energy, creativity and collegiality to his role. We expect that he will earn the full support of the staff and the wider psychoanalytic community.  He is committed to our mission and uniquely qualified to lead Riggs in the shifting mental healthcare landscape.

Dr. Gerber is married to Andrea Gerber, PhD, who is a clinical psychologist.  They have two daughters Samantha (8) and Lila (4) and the entire family is pleased about joining the Riggs community.

The Board also extends warm appreciation to current medical director/CEO James Sacksteder, MD, who will be retiring on June 30th.   Dr. Sacksteder has been a dedicated leader and clinician whose commitment to the Austen Riggs Center spans more than thirty years.  This is a critical milestone for the Center.  The Austen Riggs Center has been well served by inspiring leaders such as Dr. Sacksteder, is recognized by US News and World Report as a Top Ten Psychiatric Hospital in the nation and, with the appointment of Dr. Gerber, is well poised for the future.


Lisa A. Raskin, PhD
Chair, Board of Trustees

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