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Jack Drescher
Jack Drescher, MD, is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City.

Dr. Drescher is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and served as a Consultant to APA’s Committee on Public Affairs. He is a member of the DSM-5 Workgroup on Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders. He is a past Chair (2000-2006) of APA’s Committee on GLB Issues and a Past President of APA’s New York County Branch. He is currently the Co-Editor of AppleSource, the newsletter of the NYC DB of the APA. He is President-Elect of the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry, and a Past Trustee of both 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 and the New York Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Drescher 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 Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at New York University's Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.

Dr. Drescher is Author of Psychoanalytic Therapy and the Gay Man (The Analytic Press) and has edited twenty books dealing with gender, sexuality and the health and mental health of LGBT communities. He is 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 both the 8th (2005) and 9th (2009) editions of Kaplan and Sadock’s Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry.

Dr. Drescher is often sought after as a speaker to professional and lay audiences. In addition to presentations at meetings of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry and the American Psychoanalytic Association, he is a frequent international lecturer who has been invited to speak in Argentina, Canada, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Dr. Drescher is an expert spokesperson on issues related to gender and sexuality. His media appearances include ABC: Good Morning America, 20/20, and Nightline; CBS: Sunday Morning; PBS: In The Life; CTV: AM Canada; CNN: Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Paula Zahn; Fox: The O’Reilly Factor, Fox News; MSNBC: The Most; Court TV: Bloom and Politan: Open Court; NPR: On Point, Here and Now, To the Point. Dr. Drescher’s expert views have 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.

Entries by Jack Drescher

Puberty Suppression for Transgender Adolescents Works

(5) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 5:35 PM

A child assigned male at birth began confounding parents, family and neighbors at age 3 by repeatedly declaring and insisting, "I am a girl." After lengthy consultation with gender specialists, the child was eventually diagnosed with what once was called "gender-identity disorder of children" but is known in today's psychiatric...

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A Glimpse into the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Closet

(2) Comments | Posted December 3, 2010 | 10:55 AM

This week the Pentagon released a study concluding that gay men and women serving openly in the armed forces present a low risk to the military's effectiveness. The report also included the result of a survey showing that most service members favor a repeal of the "don't' ask, don't...

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