Jack Drescher, MD


Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

Adjustment Disorder, Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Insomnia, Mental Health, Mood Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Psychopharmacology, Psychosis, Psychotherapy, Schizophrenia

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Professor of Psychiatry


  • Italian


  • Male

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • Brooklyn College
  • MD, University of Michigan
  • Internship: St. Vincent's Medical Center
  • Residency: SUNY - Downstate


Selected Publications

1. Drescher J: Asses making passes: Making meaning of unwanted sexual advances. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 2018, 54(4):665-676.

2. Drescher J, Fors M: An appreciation and critique of PDM-2's focus on minority stress through the case of Frank. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 2018, 35(3):357-362.

3. Drescher J: Smoke gets in your eyes: Discussion of “When Harry met Jimmie.” Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 2017, 14(1):31-39.

4. *Reed GM, *Drescher J, Krueger RB, Atalla E, Cochran SD, First MB, Cohen-Kettenis PT, et al. Revising the ICD-10 Mental and Behavioural Disorders classification of sexuality and gender identity based on current scientific evidence, best clinical practices, and human rights considerations. World Psychiatry, 2016, .

5. Drescher J, Schwartz A, Casoy, F, McIntosh CA, Hurley, B, Ashely K, et al: The growing regulation of conversion therapy. Journal of Medical Regulation, 2016, 102(2):7-12. Winner of Federation of State Medical Boards’ Award for Excellence in Editorial Writing, April 26, 2018.

6. *Drescher J, Cohen-Kettenis PT, Reed GM: Gender incongruence of childhood in the ICD-11: Controversies, proposal, and rationale. Lancet Psychiatry, 2016, 3:297-304.

7. Drescher J: Out of DSM: Depathologizing homosexuality. Behavioral Sciences, 2015, 5:565-575.

8. Lingiard V, Nardelli N, Drescher J: New Italian lesbian, gay and bisexual psychotherapy guidelines: A review. International Review of Psychiatry, 2015, 27(5):405-415.

9. Drescher J: Queer diagnoses revisited: International Review of Psychiatry, 2015, 27(5):386-395.

10. Drescher J: Gender policing in the clinical setting: Discussion of Sandra Silverman’s “The Colonized Mind: Gender, Trauma and Mentalization.” Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 2015, 25(1):67-76.

11. Drescher J: Can sexual orientation be changed? Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, 2015, 19(1):84-93.

12. *Drescher J, Pula J: Ethical issues raised by the treatment of gender variant prepubescent children. The Hastings Center Report, 2014, 44, Suppl 4:S17-22.

13. Cochran SD, *Drescher J, Kismodi E, Giami A, Garcia-Moreno C, Reed, GM: Proposed declassification of disease categories related to sexual orientation in ICD-11: Rationale and evidence from the Working Group on Sexual Disorders and Sexual Health. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 2014, 92:672–679.

14. Drescher J: Are the kids all right? Avuncular reflections on the gayby boom. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, 2014, 18(2):222-229.

15. Drescher J: Controversies in gender diagnoses. LGBT Health, 2014, 1(1):9-15.

16. Zucker KJ, Cohen-Kettenis PT, Drescher J, Meyer-Bahlburg HFL, Pfäfflin F, Womack WM: Memo outlining evidence for change for gender identity disorder in the DSM-5. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 2013, 42:901–914.

17. Drescher J: Ghosts in the consulting room: A discussion of Anson’s “Ghosts in the Dressing Room.” Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, 2013, 17:112-120.

18. *Drescher J, Cohen-Kettenis PT, Winter S: Minding the body: Situating gender diagnoses in the ICD-11. International Review of Psychiatry, 2012, 24(6): 568–577.

19. *Drescher J, Byne W: Introduction to the treatment of gender dysphoric/gender variant (GD/GV) children and adolescents. Journal of Homosexuality, 2012, 59(3):295-300.

20. *Drescher J, Byne W: Gender Dysphoric/Gender Variant (GD/GV) children and adolescents: Summarizing what we know and what we have yet to learn. Journal of Homosexuality, 2012, 59(3):501-510.

21. Drescher J: The removal of homosexuality from the DSM: Its impact on today’s marriage equality debate. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, 2012, 16(2):124-135.

22. Barber M, *Drescher J, Rosario V: The GAP [Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry] online LGBT mental health curriculum. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, 2012, 16(1):41-48.

23. Drescher J: Queer diagnoses: Parallels and contrasts in the history of homosexuality, gender variance, and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). Archives of Sexual Behavior, 2010, 39:427–460.

24. Vance Jr. SR, Cohen-Kettenis PT, Drescher J, Meyer-Bahlburg HFL, Pfäfflin F, Zucker KJ: Opinions about the DSM gender identity disorder diagnosis: Results from an international survey administered to organizations concerned with the welfare of transgender people. International Journal of Transgenderism, 2010, 12:1-14.