PA) -- Newell Fischer, MD, clinical professor
in the Department of Psychiatry at the University
of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, has been elected
President of the American Psychoanalytic Association
(ApsaA) at the Association's annual meeting recently
held in Philadelphia. Fischer will serve in this position
for two years.
A member of ApsaA for over 40 years, Fischer was recognized
for his past contributions to psychoanalysis, his vision
of the future of the field, and its place in relating
to people and society. One of his many goals as president
is to educate the public about the value of psychoanalytic
thinking as it applies to the overall health of an individual.
"Our first effort will be to mount a massive public
information outreach to the community, emphasizing the
role of psychoanalytic thinking in mental health initiatives,
understanding normal developmental processes and appreciating
and addressing emotional distress," says Fischer.
A staunch proponent in the value of psychoanalysis,
Fischer desires to expand the scientific community's
knowledge of human beings through research focused on
the function of the human mind.
Fischer received his medical degree from the University
of Pennsylvania in 1961 and completed his residency
training in psychiatry at the Institute of Pennsylvania
Hospital in 1965. Fischer is board certified in both
child and adolescent and adult psychoanalysis.
A life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association,
Fischer is also a member of numerous psychiatric organizations,
including the American Medical Association, the American
College of Psychiatrists, and the Association for Academic
Psychiatrists. He has served on a committee for the
American Analytic Association's Board on Professional
Standards; and is currently a North American Delegate
to the House of Delegates for the International Psychoanalytical
Association. Locally, Fischer has served as president
to the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Institute and on
the medical staff of The Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital.
Additionally, Fischer has served as president to the
Margaret S. Mahler Psychiatric Research Foundation.
Founded in 1911, the American Psychoanalytic Association
is the country's oldest national psychoanalytic organization.
The APsaA focuses on education, research, and membership
The organization consists of more than 3,500 highly
Fischer bases his practice from his home in Bryn Mawr,
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