• Kim Hunter-Schaedle, PhD

    The recent addition of Kim Hunter-Schaedle, PhD, as Manager of Institutional Research at Riggs has brought a palpable energy to the research department. To say Dr. Hunter-Schaedle is qualified for this position and its challenges would be a gross understatement. Her diverse and extensive background in research, administration, strategic plan development, discovery and clinical trial implementation as well as science writing makes her a tremendous addition to both the research department and the Riggs community as a whole.

  • Erikson Prize winner, Andrew Solomon

    Five years ago, the Erikson Institute for Education and Research at the Austen Riggs Center developed the Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media with the goal “to reward and encourage sophisticated, accessible work on mental illness and recovery, and to stimulate conversation about the broad range of mental health issues, including how to dispel stigma and promote well-being.”

  • Austen Riggs Center mobile website

    It just got a whole lot easier to access information about the Austen Riggs Center from virtually anywhere at any time with the recent launch of the new mobile version of our website, built to be fully responsive.

  • Austen Riggs Theater program

    I lost a couple, that 'twixt heaven and earth might thus have stood begetting wonder as you, gracious couple, do: and then I lost--all mine own folly--the society, amity too, of your brave father, whom, though bearing misery, I desire my life once more to look on him.

  • Riggs-Yale Conference on Partnerships, Parenting and Family Systems

    Are you a clinician? A researcher? Do you know a clinician or researcher? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should know about the third Riggs-Yale Conference on Partnerships, Parenting and Family Systems.

  • David Mintz, MD presents at the APA meeting

    Austen Riggs Center staff members are presenting at the American Psychiatric Association’s 167th Annual Meeting in New York City. This year’s program is titled “Changing the Practice and Perception of Psychiatry.” Included in the theme of change in this year’s program is the inaugural meeting of the Psychotherapy Caucus, created to promote the importance of psychotherapy within psychiatry. Here is the schedule of Riggs presentations taking place at the APA meeting.

  • Eric M. Plakun, MD, DLFAPA, FACPsych, Associate Medical Director and Director of Admissions

    The American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) 167th Annual Meeting begins on Saturday, May 3rd in New York City and the inaugural meeting of the Psychotherapy Caucus will occur during this meeting on Monday, May 5th from 3:00 to 5:00pm at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 811 Seventh Avenue, Lower Lobby, Conference Room E.

  • Erikson Institute

    Conflict is the theme of the 34th annual spring meeting of The American Psychological Association (APA) Division 39 (Division of Psychoanalysis). Although conflict is experienced at many levels - from individual suffering, to interpersonal and familial struggles, to violence and war, there are often few forums to discuss and learn from these experiences. This year’s program will promote a pluralistic dialogue to engage conflict openly and directly in an effort to hear differentiated perspectives with the goal of negotiation, clarification and understanding. Three Austen Riggs staff members will be presenting in this year’s program in New York City, taking place April 23 – 27.

  • Accreditation Council for Psychoanalytic Education, Inc.

    The Accreditation Council for Psychoanalytic Education, Inc. (ACPEinc) recently granted a full seven year accreditation to the four-year Fellowship program at Riggs. ACPEinc accreditation affirms that the Riggs Fellowship program in psychoanalytic studies meets rigorous standards for psychoanalytic training.

  • James L. Sacksteder, M.D. medical director/CEO

    The Austen Riggs Center is excited to announce the emergence of a new generation of leaders who have been listening, learning and developing at Riggs for the past fifteen to twenty years. These new leaders represent both change and stability. A careful plan was developed to conduct this transition in leadership and incorporated throughout 2013 and early 2014. New leaders are in place and actively engaging in their work.



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