Jack Drescher, MD, is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City.
Dr. Drescher is Past President of the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry, and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a Past President of APA’s New York County Psychiatric Society.
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 (2018) revisions of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). He is also a member of the Honorary Scientific Committee revising the 2nd edition of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (PDM-2).
Dr. Drescher’s professional honors include the Albert M. Biele Visiting Professor in Psychiatry, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University (2016), Sheppard-Pratt’s Harry Stack Sullivan Award Lecturer (2013), an APA Special Presidential Commendation (2009), an APA Distinguished Psychiatrist Lecturer (2009), 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 Clinical Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at New York Medical College, a Clinical Supervisor and Adjunct Professor at New York University's Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and a Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute.
Dr. Drescher is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and certified as a Fellow in Adult Psychoanalysis by the American Board of Psychoanalysis.
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 Author of Psychoanalytic Therapy and the Gay Man (Routledge) and Emeritus Editor of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health. He 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 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, and forthcoming 10th edition of Kaplan and Sadock’s Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry. In the 10th edition, Dr. Drescher is senior author of the chapter on “Gender Identity, Gender Variance and Gender Dysphoria.” His publications have been translated into Italian, Portuguese, Finnish and German.
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, the International Association of Relational Psychotherapists and Psychoanalysts, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Dr. Drescher has served as an expert witness in cases dealing with LGBT rights.
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, Portugal, 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. BBC: Radio 4.
Dr. Drescher’s expert views have also been sought and quoted by The Associated Press, Reuters, 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.