Austen Riggs Center Medical Director/CEO Dr. Andrew J. Gerber Appointed to Board of Directors of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Massachusetts



Stockbridge, MA – March 23, 2018 – The Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce that Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, medical director/CEO, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Massachusetts (NAMI Mass). This appointment reaffirms Dr. Gerber’s commitment to supporting community mental health services in the state and builds on his efforts at the Austen Riggs Center to positively impact the serious mental health issues we face as a society.

Commenting on his appointment, Dr. Gerber stated, “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors of NAMI Mass and hope that I can contribute in some small way to the excellent and important work that they do in the state of Massachusetts for individuals suffering with mental illness, and for the families, friends, and providers who support those individuals.

The mission of NAMI Mass is “to improve the quality of life both for people with mental illnesses and for their families.” NAMI Mass accomplishes their mission by providing education, support, and advocacy to Massachusetts consumers and their families; improving the public’s awareness and understanding of mental illnesses; and advocating at all levels to ensure that all persons affected by mental illnesses receive, in a timely fashion, the services that they need and deserve.

According to Cheri Andes, executive director of NAMI Mass, “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Gerber to the Board of Directors. I know that his passion, background, and expertise will be tremendous assets to our work.”

In addition to serving as medical director/CEO at the Austen Riggs Center, Dr. Gerber is associate clinical professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, associate clinical professor at the Child Study Center at Yale University, and adjunct associate professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences in the College of Natural Sciences at University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the former co-director of the Sackler Parent-Infant Program at Columbia University, former director of the MRI Research Program at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and former director of research at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. While in New York, he also had a private psychoanalytic practice.

About the Austen Riggs Center

Austen Riggs Center, a leading psychiatric hospital and residential treatment program, has been serving adults since 1919. Within a completely open setting, patients are provided immersion in an intensive treatment milieu that emphasizes respectful engagement. Individual psychodynamic psychotherapy is provided four times a week by doctors on staff. The Erikson Institute for Education and Research of the Austen Riggs Center studies individuals in their social contexts through research, training, education, and outreach programs in the local community and beyond.

The Austen Riggs Center is located in Stockbridge, MA. For more information about its services, please call 413.298.5511 or 800.517.4447 or visit www.austenriggs.org.


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