Christopher Drescher

Associate Professor

Christopher Drescher

Associate Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior

Bio

Dr. Christopher F. Drescher is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior and Training Director for the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University/Charlie Norwood VAMC Psychology Internship. He completed his doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship through the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at Augusta University. He received his PhD and MA in clinical psychology from the University of Mississippi and his BA in psychology from West Virginia University. Clinically, Dr. Drescher specializes in psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and young adults. Additionally, he directs the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Adolescent Skills Group, and frequently implements DBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Drescher serves as a mental health consultant for the Augusta University Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center and serves on the Education Committee for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He is the Director for the Holistic Patient Care component and Assistant Director for the Brain and Behavior module of the pre-clerkship medical school curriculum. Dr. Drescher is also a supervisor for the Child Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship. His scholarship spans a range of topics including positive youth development, LGBTQ mental health, DBT, and ACT. He is volunteer for and former President of the Equality Clinic of Augusta.

  • (706) 446-0058
  • (706) 721-3593
  • EG 2022

Education

  • Ph.D., Psychology, General University of Mississippi, 2015

  • MA, Psychology, Other. University of Mississippi, 2011

  • BA, Psychology, General West Virginia University, 2009

  • MA, Psychology, General University of Mississippi, 2001

Certifications

  • PSYC GA Professional Licensing Brd, 2016

Awards & Honors

  • Graduate Student Achievement Award University of Mississippi College of Liberal Arts, 2014

  • John & Lillian Wolfe Graduate Award for Excellence University of Mississippi Department of Psychology, 2012

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • MEDI 6320

    Brain, Behavior, & Movement
  • MEDI 6340

    Capstone in Medicine 1
  • MEDI 6330

    Healthcare Across the Lifespan
  • PHAS 5200

    Essentials of Psychiatry
  • RPSY 5001

    Child Psychiatry
  • MEDI 6240

    GI/GU/Endocrine

Teaching Interests

Problem-based learning, psychotherapy, psychological assessment

Scholarship

Selected Recent Publications

  • Associations of Physical and Sexual Violence Victimization, Homelessness, and Perceptions of Safety with Suicidality in a Community Sample of Transgender Individuals , 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Assessing Assets Among Street-Connected Youth: New Angles With Participatory Methods in Tanzania, 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Predictors of anxiety among sexual minority individuals in the southern US, 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Implementing an LGBTQ training for teen pregnancy prevention facilitators, 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Predicting civic competencies among East African youth and emerging adults: Report on the Swahili General Self-Efficacy Scale. , 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

Youth development, LGBT health, health psychology

Department Service

  • General Rotation for Psychology Internship 2017 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Steering Committee for the Cerner Behavioral Health Module 2018 - 2018

    Role: Committee Member

College Service

  • Case-Based Learning Case Writing Group 2020 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Problem Based Learning Case Development Committee 2017 - 2020

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • Cystic Fibrosis Mental Health Consultation Group 2018 - Present

  • American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 2018 - Present

    Role: Editorial Review Board Member
  • Cystic Fibrosis Mental Health Coordinator Mentoring Program 2018 - 2018

    Role: Mentor
  • Program Committee for Southeastern ACBS Conference 2016 - 2017

    Role: Committee Member

Public Service

  • Equality Clinic 2016 - Present

    Role: Board Member
  • National Alliance for Mental Illness 2018 - 2018

    Role: Guest Speaker
  • 2018

    Role: Guest Speaker