Jack Drescher, MD, is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City.
Dr. Drescher is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and a Faculty Member at Columbia’s Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health. He is a Senior Psychoanalytic Consultant at Columbia’s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute.
Dr. Drescher is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Past President of the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry and a Past President of APA’s New York County Psychiatric Society. He presently serves as a Consultant to APA’s Ethics Committee. He served for many years as a Consultant for APA’s Council on Communications.
Dr. Drescher served as Section Editor of the Gender Dysphoria Chapter in the DSM-5 Text Revision (DSM-5-TR) process (2022 publication). He served on APA’s DSM-5 Workgroup on Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders and served on the World Health Organization’s Working Group on the Classification of Sexual Disorders and Sexual Health that revised sex and gender diagnoses in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). He served on the Honorary Scientific Committee revising the 2nd edition of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (PDM-2).
Dr. Drescher is an elected Director-at-Large of the American Psychoanalytic Association and serves as a member of APsaA’s Committee on Public Information and the Committee on Gender and Sexuality. He previously co-edited APsaA’s Psychoanalysis Unplugged blog on PsychologyToday.com. He serves as a consultant to the Sexual & Gender Diversity Studies Committee of the International Psychoanalytical Association and also serves on IPA’s Communications Committee.
Dr. Drescher’s professional honors include Visiting Professor, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute (2021), the American Psychiatric Association’s John Fryer Award (2018), the Federation of State Medical Boards’ Award for Excellence in Editorial Writing (2017), 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 AGLP, The Association of LGBTQ+ Psychiatrists (2004).
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. He has authored and co-authored numerous professional articles and book chapters as well. His publications have been translated into Italian, Portuguese, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Finnish and German.
Dr. Drescher has served as an expert witness in legal cases dealing with LGBT rights in California, New Jersey and New York. Two of his published works were cited in a 2018 Indian Supreme Court decision that overturned colonial sodomy laws and decriminalized adult, consensual same-sex behavior (Navtej Singh Johar and others v. Union of India).
Dr. Drescher frequently speaks to both professional and lay audiences. In addition to speaking invitations at Grand Rounds throughout the New York metropolitan area and elsewhere, he has presented at meetings of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychoanalytic Association, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the World Psychiatric Association. He is a frequent international lecturer and has been invited to speak in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Cuba, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Dr. Drescher is an expert media spokesperson on issues related to gender and sexuality and 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, Agence France-Presse, The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Miami Herald, and numerous local media outlets.
FUTURE SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
May 18: Azienda Sanitaria Locale (AUSL) di Reggio Emilia, Italy, Le Diagnosi Queer: Aggiornamento delle diagnosi di genere in ICD e DSM (via Zoom).
June 17: The Menninger Clinic, Houston, TX.
June 24-25: The Association of Japanese Clinical Psychology, via Zoom.