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Diane Ehrensaft, PhD

UCSF
Director of Mental Health, Child and Adolescent Gender Center
San Francisco
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 co-editor with Dr.
Colt Keo-Meier of The Gender Affirmative Model, and author of The Gender Creative Child and
Gender Born, Gender Made. She specializes in research, writing, clinical work, training, and
consultation related to gender expansive children, 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 expansive and
transgender youth and principal investigator in a companion four-site grant, The Gender Journey
Project, studying the psychological experiences of prepubertal gender expansive children. She is
also a member of the task force that has written version 8 of the WPATH standards of care,
having worked on the newly introduced chapter on pre-pubertal children.