WILLIAM A WHITE INSTITUTE
CLINICAL EDUCATION MEETINGS
JACK DRESCHER, M.D.
BECOMING A PSYCHOANALYST
A recent book, The Analyst’s Voice: Narratives on the Developing Psychoanalytic Identity (edited by Linda Hillman & Therese Rosenblatt) contains personal narratives by twelve psychoanalysts. One chapter is by Dr. Jack Drescher, who presents his narrative of professional development as gay physician, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. Dr. Drescher’s training spanned a period of time when American psychiatry had begun to accept a normative model of homosexuality while American psychoanalysis still had not. In addition to recounting his personal journey, Dr. Drescher provides historical context of psychoanalytic attitudes toward homosexuality, some of which still persist today.
Jack Drescher, MD, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice, is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Drescher is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and Faculty Member, Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, New York Medical College and Clinical Supervisor 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 Past President of the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry and a Past President of APA’s New York County Psychiatric Society. He served on APA’s DSM-5 Workgroup on Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders and the World Health Organization’s Working Group on Classification of Sexual Disorders and Sexual Health. Dr. Drescher has authored more than a hundred publications including Psychoanalytic Therapy and the Gay Man (Routledge) and is Emeritus Editor of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health. He is an expert media spokesperson, frequently sought out by mainstream outlets to weigh in on controversial subjects related to gender and sexuality in the news.