Staff News

  • E. Virginia Demos, EdD, Staff Psychologist

    Dr. Demos arrived at the Austen Riggs Center as an Erikson Scholar at a time when Erikson Scholars spent an entire year at Riggs. When her successor was unable to fill the role, Dr. Demos was asked to stay on for an additional year, which proved enough to convince the Riggs staff and her that serving as a therapist at Riggs was a meaningful path forward. 

  • Remembering Jayne Brookes, Former Theatre Director at Riggs

    Throughout its history, Riggs has been the beneficiary of many talented individuals, patients and staff, who have shared their gifts with the Riggs community. Today, we take a moment to remember one who left an indelible mark on the activities program and well beyond. 

  • Andrew Gerber, MD, PhD, Medical Director/CEO, Austen Riggs Center

    The Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce that Andrew Gerber, MD, PhD joins the staff as medical director/CEO today.  Dr. Gerber was previously 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, and his child psychiatry training at the combined Columbia-Cornell NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital program where he was also chief resident.

  • New York Times Magazine article

    "Psychoanalysis needs to change its culture," states Dr. Gerber in the June 28 New York Times Magazine.  Dr. Gerber and others discuss the value of combining brain research with psychoanalysis. Below are excerpts from the article which seeks to answer the question, "Can brain-scanning help save Freudian psychoanalysis?"

  • Marilyn Charles therapy session

    Founded in 1979, the Division of Psychoanalysis is the 39th division of American Psychological Association. With a membership of over 3,000 professionals, the Division is one of the largest associations of psychoanalytic professionals of its kind. Marilyn Charles, PhD, staff psychologist at the Austen Riggs Center, is currently serving as the president of Division 39.  In April, the Division convened its annual meeting.  Dr. Charles provided a talk, titled “The Future of Psychoanalysis.”

  • Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, Medical Director/CEO

    On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Austen Riggs Center, Lisa A. Raskin, PhD is 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.

  • Medical office building Austen Riggs Center

    We asked current Riggs staff members to share what they enjoy about working at Riggs and received many responses, some of which are featured in this blog post.

  • Richard Q. Ford, PhD

    It is not uncommon to find people who have spent a decade or two working at the Austen Riggs Center. There are even some who have spent 30 years tending to the mission and work. But Richard Q. Ford, PhD, who recently retired as the coordinator of psychological testing at Riggs, cultivated a 43-year relationship with Riggs as a fellow, a staff psychologist, a researcher and, for the last 20 years, as the coordinator of psychological testing. 

  • Barbara Turner Hart, MSN, nurse educator

    On a beautiful afternoon, Friday, June 27, co-workers and friends gathered to celebrate Barbara Turner Hart, MSN, nurse educator for the last 10 years at Riggs, as she retired from a 42-year career in nursing, 18 of which were spent at Riggs.

  • M. Gerard Fromm, PhD, ABPP, Senior Consultant, Erikson Institute for Education and Research

    The Activities Program – offering deep engagement with one’s inner potential – is the inspiration for the annual Creativity Seminar at Riggs as well as Dr. M. Gerard Fromm’s new book, A Spirit That Impels: Play, Creativity, and Psychoanalysis. The book includes a group of papers collected over ten years from the Creativity Seminars at Riggs.



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