Jack Drescher, MD, is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City.
Dr. Drescher is a leader in his profession. He is President of the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and served as a Consultant to APA’s Committee on Public Affairs. He is a past Chair of APA’s Committee on GLB Issues and a Past President of APA’s New York County District Branch. He is currently the Co-Editor of AppleSource, the newsletter of the NYC DB of the APA,
Dr. Drescher served as a member of APA’s DSM-5 Workgroup on Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders. Since 2011, he has served as a member of the World Health Organization’s Working Group on the Classification of Sexual Disorders and Sexual Health which will address sex and gender diagnoses in WHO's forthcoming revisions of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11).
Dr. Drescher has received numerous professional honors. He was selected as Sheppard-Pratt’s Harry Stack Sullivan Award Lecturer (2013), received an APA Special Presidential Commendation (2009) and was chosen to be an APA Distinguished Psychiatrist Lecturer (2009), received APA’s Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents (2006), and the James Paulsen Service Award from the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists (2004).
Dr. Drescher is a Past Trustee of the Accreditation Council for Psychoanalytic Education and the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry. He is a member of numerous distinguished psychiatric, medical and scientific organizations, including The American College of Psychiatrists, the New York Academy of Medicine, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and the International Academy of Sex Research.
Dr. Drescher is a teacher and educator. He is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute in New York, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at New York Medical College, and a Clinical Supervisor and Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University's Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.
Dr. Drescher is an independent scholar. He is Author of Psychoanalytic Therapy and the Gay Man (Routledge) and Emeritus Editor of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health. He has authored and co-authored numerous professional articles and book chapters and is the senior author of “Homosexuality, Gay and Lesbian Identities, and Homosexual Behavior” in the 8th and 9th editions of Kaplan and Sadock’s Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry.
Dr. Drescher has edited and co-edited more than a score of books dealing with gender, sexuality and the health and mental health of LGBT communities, most recently The LGBT Casebook (2012, American Psychiatric Publishing) and Treating Transgender Children and Adolescents (2013, Routledge).
Dr. Drescher often addresses both professional and lay audiences. In addition to speaking at numerous Grand Rounds in the New York metropolitan area and elsewhere, he has presented at meetings of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry, the American Psychoanalytic Association and the International Association of Relational Psychotherapists and Psychoanalysts.
Dr. Drescher is a frequent international lecturer and has been invited to speak in Argentina, Canada, Finland, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom. He is presently a Visiting Scholar of the Liberty Education Forum.
Dr. Drescher is an expert media spokesperson on issues related to gender and sexuality. He has appeared on ABC: World News Tonight, Good Morning America, 20/20, and Nightline; CBS: Sunday Morning; PBS: In The Life; CTV: AM Canada; CNN: Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper 360, Paula Zahn; Fox: The O’Reilly Factor, Fox News; MSNBC: The Most; NPR: On Point, Here and Now, To the Point.
Dr. Drescher’s expert views have also been sought and quoted by The Associated Press, Time, Newsweek, People, Esquire, The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Miami Herald, and numerous local media outlets, including the New York Daily News, New York Newsday, and The Village Voice. He is an occasional contributor to The Huffington Post, FoxNews.com and PsychologyToday.com.