By Tom Vartabedian
HAVERHILL, Mass. — Dr. Edward Khantzian is nowhere near retirement. At 76, he serves as a clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard University, consults at a hospital and still plays a mean game of tennis.
He has spent more than three decades studying psychological factors associated with drug and alcohol abuse and just returned from Yerevan where he was a keynote speaker at a regional meeting of the World Psychiatric Association.
The experience left an indelible impression upon him, being his first visit to Armenia and seeing the impact of his presentation upon his prominent peers.
“Being aware of our history as a ravaged culture and country with recurrent disasters and national upheaval through most of the 20th century, I had expected to witness many indications of remorse,” he indicated. “Instead, I was repeatedly struck by many examples of national pride and resilience.”
The professional meeting attracted more than 250 international psychiatrists, including a heavy representation from Eastern Europe. The event was launched by a gala reception at the Opera House, featuring extraordinary performances by an ensemble and renowned opera singer Anna Mayilyan.