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
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.