Diane Ehrensaft

Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D. is a developmental and clinical psychologist, adjunct professor of Pediatrics at University of California San Francisco, and Director of Mental Health at the Child and Adolescent Gender Center, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.  She is author of The Gender Creative Child and Gender Born, Gender Made, co-editor with Dr. Colt Keo-Meier of The Gender Affirmative Model, and co-author with Michelle Jurkiewicz of the upcoming book, Gender Explained.   She specializes in research, writing, clinical work, training, consultation, special expert testimony related to gender diverse children and youth and publishes and lectures both nationally and internationally on this topic. Dr. Ehrensaft is presently co-investigator in a four-site NIH grant studying the effects of puberty blockers and gender-affirming hormones in gender diverse and transgender youth and principal investigator in a companion four-site grant, The Gender Journey Project, studying the psychological experiences of prepubertal gender diverse children. She is a co-author of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health Standards of Care Version 8 and a member of the WPATH Gender Education Institute. She has also served on a faculty University of California Berkeley, The Wright Institute, and Psychoanalytic Institute of Norther California, and is a founding member of and senior consultant at A Home Within, a national U.S. organization providing pro bono services to children and youth in foster care.