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Erikson Institute Receives The Sigourney Award

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Sigourney Award winner

The Erikson Institute for Education, Research, and Advocacy of the Austen Riggs Center has been named as a 2021 recipient of The Sigourney Award, a major psychoanalytic award.  

In winning the award, we join a distinguished group of over 100 individuals and organizations from around the globe who have had an indelible impact on the theory and practice of psychoanalysis. First conferred in 1990, a sampling of the Sigourney recipients includes Rosemary Balsam, Peter Fonagy, Shmuel Erlich, The Menninger Clinic-Topeka Institute for Psychoanalysis, the South African Psychoanalytical Association,​ The William Alanson White Institute, and others.  

Established by Mary Sigourney, the purpose of the award is to honor the expansion and connection of psychoanalysis to many fields of study and experience. “Supporting Mary Sigourney’s intentions for the award, work by the Erikson Institute helps expand the beneficial elements of psychoanalytic thought to diverse communities around the world,” says William A. Myerson, PhD, MBA, the Sigourney Trust’s psychoanalytic co-trustee. 

“This award highlights the growing influence we have on helping to define the field and improve the lives of patients whom we’ve treated both directly here at Riggs and indirectly through our influence on other clinicians, organizations, and patients’ access to care.”
Eric M. Plakun, MD 
Austen Riggs Center Medical Director/CEO

“We strive to make psychoanalytic concepts accessible, relevant, interesting, and applicable to a wide range of problems and settings, and by winning The Sigourney Award-2021, our portfolio of psychoanalytic education, research, and advocacy is strengthened, and gains increased public awareness.” 
Jane G. Tillman, PhD, ABPP 
Evelyn Stefansson Nef Director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research

“The Sigourney Award recognizes the critical role that the Erikson Institute plays in shaping public conversation about crucial issues of our time, especially those that sit at the at the intersection of clinical theory, the humanities, neurosciences, and the social and political sciences—that is to say, human experiencing in a world of turbulent change.”
– Kimberlyn Leary, PhD, MPA
Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital
Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Click here to read more about this award. 

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