(Philadelphia, 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 development.

The organization consists of more than 3,500 highly trained members.

Fischer bases his practice from his home in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

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