Professionals Concerned with Gender Diagnoses in the DSM

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Laura Alie

Laura Alie is a graduate student at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, California where she is studying to become a clinical psychologist. She has served on the revision team for the American Psychological Association’s Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients and currently serves as the Student Representative for the APA’s Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues). Her dissertation explores factors that impact parental acceptance of transgender and gender non-conforming children.

Y. Gavriel Ansara MSc (Social Psychology with Distinction)

Gavriel Ansara conducts PhD research with supervisor Peter Hegarty, focused on cisgenderism in psychology and everyday life. He defines cisgenderism as the prejudicial ideology that constructs non-assigned genders as invalid or pathological, that assumes that people with non-assigned genders can be classified uncritically as a distinct class of person, and that configures people with non-assigned genders as ‘the effect to be explained’. His chapter, “Beyond Cisgenderism: Counselling people with non-assigned gender identities,” appears in Lyndsey Moon’s forthcoming text on counselling ideologies. As founding director of Lifelines Rhode Island/Cuerdas de Salvamento– a regional non-profit organisation that provides social, medical, legal, and crisis resources to people of all ages with non-assigned genders, Gavi has co-supervised a crisis intervention team and designed curricula and provided training to psychologists and medical professionals in diverse settings. Gavi also has prior experience as an LGBT Youth Counselor and bilingual (English/Spanish) Psychiatric Rehabilitation Caseworker. Gavi currently serves on the Teaching Faculty at The Kerulos Ctr. and as Academic Tutor to undergraduate Psychology students at the University of Surrey. He is also founder and co-coordinator of Critical Psychology at Surrey and a student reviewer for Developmental Psychology journal. (

Madeline B. Deutsch, MD

Maddie Deutsch, MD has directed the Trans Health Program at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center since 2009. Prior to that she had a small private practice where she treated over 300 trans persons from across all spectra. She sits on the Medical Advisory Board for the UCSF Transgender Center of Excellence. Dr. Deutsch is active in research on informed consent processes in hormone therapy and in trans identities which do not fit typical narratives. Dr. Deutsch’s background is in emergency medicine, which she still practices half-time in San Francisco.

lore m. dickey, MA

Lore dickey is a graduate student at the University of North Dakota studying to become a psychologist. His training is deeply rooted in strengths-based approaches to client conceptualization. As such, the medical model of diagnosis and the pathologization that often occurs when one is diagnosed with any form of a gender identity disorder is problematic. He is committed to the removal of GID from the DSM and at the same time realistic in understanding that we may not see that change in the DSM-5.

Randall Ehrbar, Psy.D.

Randall Ehrbar is a clinical psychologist with extensive training and experience working with transgender clients. He has also been actively involved in the American Psychological Association’s efforts to address transgender concerns.

Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D

Diane Ehrensaft. is a developmental and clinical psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her research and writing focus on the areas of child development, gender, parenting, parent-child relationships, and psychological issues for families using assisted reproductive technology. She has published several books and articles in these areas and lectures and makes media appearances nationally and internationally on these topics.

Jamison Green, MFA

Jamison Green is the author of Becoming a Visible Man (Vanderbilt University Press, 2004); a Gender Diversity Trainer and Policy Consultant; Gender Education & Advocacy, Inc., Board Chairman; FTM International, Inc., past President. It is time for GID reform so that transsexual and transgendered people can access quality healthcare without being subjected to the stigmatizing diagnosis of a mental disorder that is not their problem.

Arlene Istar Lev, LCSW, CASAC

Arlene Lev is a social worker, family therapist, educator, and writer whose work addresses the unique therapeutic needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. She is the Founder and Clinical Director of Choices Counseling and Consulting in Albany, New York, providing family therapy for LGBTQ people and is on a Lecturer at the University at Albany, School of Social Welfare, and an adjunct at Empire College. She is also the Founder and Clinical Director of TIGRIS, The Institute for Gender, Relationships, Identity, and Sexuality, a post-graduate training program serving people seeking greater relational and sexual intimacy, people who identify as sexual minorities, and those interested in exploring sexuality, gender, and identity issues. Arlene is the author of The Complete Lesbian and Gay Parenting Guide and Transgender Emergence: Therapeutic Guidelines for Working with Gender-Variant People and their Families, winner of the American Psychological Association Distinguished Book Award, 2006. She serves on the editorial Boards of the Journal of GLBT Family Studies, The Journal of Lesbian Studies, and the Journal of Transgenderism. Arlene is the organizer of this forum, Professionals Concerned with Gender Diagnoses in the DSM.

Stacey “Colt” Meier, MA

Colt Meier is a graduate student at the University of Houston working on his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. His area of research is examining the effects of testosterone on the mental health and well being on female to male trans men. He sees being trans as a natural variation and, as such, his goal is to separate variant gender identities from mental disorders. However, he understands that this is not likely in DSM-5. Therefore he hopes to help the team make research based and culturally sensitive recommendations to the writers of DSM 5.

Kate Richmond, PhD

Kate Richmond is an assistant professor of psychology at Muhlenberg College and a practicing licensed clinical psychologist in Philadelphia. Dr. Richmond’s research and clinical work focuses on gender, identity, and complex trauma.

Françoise Susset, MA

Françoise Susset is a clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist. Her principal areas of interest are working with trauma survivors and sexual minority issues. She is co-founder, with her colleague, Bill Ryan, of The Institute for Sexual Minority Health, offering trainings on a variety of topics in the Health and Social Services sector as well as in Education. Although she works with trans adults and teens in her practice, she also focuses more specifically on the question of gender variant behavior in prepubescent children, helping families and schools challenge notions regarding sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender identity and question their attitude and treatment of these children. She works closely with several community organizations involved in improving access and appropriate care for individuals belonging to sexual minority groups in Quebec.

Kelley Winters, PhD

Kelley Winters is the author of Gender Madness in American Psychiatry: Essays from the Struggle for Dignity and a community advocate on issues of transgender medical policy. She is the founder of GID Reform Advocates and an Advisory Board Member for the Matthew Shepard Foundation and TransYouth Family Allies. Kelley has presented papers on the psychiatric classification of gender diversity at annual conventions of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association and the Association of Women in Psychology. She advocates reform of the title, diagnostic criteria, supporting text and nosological placement of GID in the DSM-5 to reduce harm inflicted by the current diagnosis. Kelley also urges removal of the perjorative Transvestic Fetishism diagnosis from the paraphilias section of the DSM. It is time for medical policies which, above all, do no harm to those they are intended to help.


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March 29, 2010 at 11:18 am

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