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`Central Park Jogger' to Present Convocation Lecture
Psychiatric News
Volume 40 Number 4 page 6-6

Shortly after 9 p.m. on April 19, 1989, a young woman out for a run in New York's Central Park was savagely beaten, raped, and left for dead. Doctors despaired for her life, and a horrified nation expressed outrage. Fourteen years later, Trisha Meili revealed her amazing story of survival and recovery in her best-selling memoir, I am the Central Park Jogger: A Story of Hope and Possibility.

She will share that story at APA's Convocation of Fellows on Monday, May 23, when she presents the 2005 William C. Menninger Memorial Lecture. The Convocation, which begins at 5:30 p.m., will be held in the Sydney B. Marcus Auditorium on Level 4 of the Georgia World Congress Center.

In keeping with the meeting's theme, "Psychosomatic Medicine: Integrating Psychiatry and Medicine," Meili will discuss how her journey of healing linked her mind, body, and spirit and taught her to look at healing in a new way. She will offer lessons that allowed her to move beyond being a victim, reclaim her life, and become whole.

As an undergraduate, Meili was a Phi Beta Kappa economics major at Wellesley College and earned two graduate degrees (M.B.A. and M.A.) from Yale University. Until the attack, she worked as an associate at the Wall Street investment bank Salomon Brothers.

The horror of the attack brought an outpouring of support and love from her family, friends, health care workers, co-workers, and strangers. She credits her recovery to them as well as to organizations that were vital to her healing, including the Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program at Mount Sinai Hospital; Gaylord Hospital, where she did much of her rehabilitation; and the Achilles Track Club, which helped her run the New York City Marathon in 1995.

Among the awards she has received are the Pacesetter Award from New York Hospital Queens and the Spirit of Achievement Award from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She was an Olympic torchbearer in New York City for the 2004 summer games.

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