Research Overview

Dr. Amy Tishelman is a clinical psychologist, and Director of Clinical Research in the Disorders of Sex Development-Gender Management Service (DSD-GeMs) at Boston Children's Hospital (BCH), with primary research interests related to the psychosocial well-being of transgender youth and youth with differences of sex development. She was one of the key personnel at Boston Children's Hospital to develop and secure an NIH award for a multicenter study designed to provide evidence-based information on the impact of hormone blockers and cross-sex hormone use. She is the PI in Boston on a two-site NIH grant examining psychosocial outcomes in youth with DSD conditions. She was instrumental in developing the first BCH clinic for pre-pubescent youth with gender-related concerns. Dr. Tishelman has specific interest in developing innovative care interventions for transgender youth. She is a co-author on recently published initial clinical guidelines for co-occurring Autism Spectrum Disorder and Gender Dysphoria in adolescents, and is a member of a working group at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to develop guidelines on fertility and sexual function counseling for at risk pediatric populations. Dr. Tishelman is also an established educator and is frequently invited to speak on themes related to transgender youth, including as the keynote diversity speaker at the annual national Society of Pediatric Psychology meeting in 2015. She is an active participant in the Gender Spectrum network and a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).

In addition, Dr. Tishelman previously served as the BCH Director of Training and Research for the Child Protection Program and, earlier, BCH Director of Child Protection Clinical Services (CPCS), and maintains an appointment as research staff in the Child Protection Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Most recently, she has been involved in research investigating cultural issues as they impact forensic interviews of alleged child sexual abuse victims. She frequently serves as an expert in the forensic realm, and has been a frequent speaker on issues relevant to child abuse and trauma. She serves on editorial boards of several journals related to child maltreatment.

About the Researcher

Dr. Tishelman, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, is currently a senior staff psychologist and the Director of Clinical Research in the DSD-GeMS Program at Boston Children's Hospital, as well as Director of Psychology in the Department of Urology. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

MEDICAL SERVICES

Languages

  • English

Researcher Services

Researcher Areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Psychology
  • Gender Identity Development

Research Departments

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Nahata L, Campo-Engelstein LT, Tishelman A, Quinn GP, Lantos JD. Fertility Preservation for a Transgender Teenager. Pediatrics. 2018 Sep; 142(3). View abstract
  2. Nahata L, Quinn GP, Tishelman AC. Counseling in Pediatric Populations at Risk for Infertility and/or Sexual Function Concerns. Pediatrics. 2018 Aug; 142(2). View abstract
  3. Diamond DA, Swartz J, Tishelman A, Johnson J, Chan YM. Management of pediatric patients with DSD and ambiguous genitalia: Balancing the child's moral claims to self-determination with parental values and preferences. J Pediatr Urol. 2018 Jun 01. View abstract
  4. Tishelman, A.C. & Mascis, A.N. The Gender Affirmative Model. Gender-Related Trauma. 2018; 1(1):85-100. View abstract
  5. Kaufman, R. & Tishelman, A.C. . The Gender Affirmative Model. Creating a Network of Professionals. 2018; 1(1):173-188. View abstract
  6. Ehrensaft, D,. Giammattei, S.V., Storck, K., Tishelman, A.C., Kolt-Meier, . Prepubertal social gender transitions: What we know; what we can learn-- a view from a gender affirmative lens. . International Journal of Transgenderism, . 2018; 2(19):251-258. View abstract
  7. Chen D, Edwards-Leeper L, Stancin T, Tishelman A. Advancing the Practice of Pediatric Psychology with Transgender Youth: State of the Science, Ongoing Controversies, and Future Directions. Clin Pract Pediatr Psychol. 2018 Mar; 6(1):73-83. View abstract
  8. Polderman TJC, Kreukels BPC, Irwig MS, Beach L, Chan YM, Derks EM, Esteva I, Ehrenfeld J, Heijer MD, Posthuma D, Raynor L, Tishelman A, Davis LK. The Biological Contributions to Gender Identity and Gender Diversity: Bringing Data to the Table. Behav Genet. 2018 03; 48(2):95-108. View abstract
  9. Kaufman, R. & Tishelman. A.C. In: The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intellectual and Developmental Disorder. Braaten, E., Ed. . Gender Differences. 2018; 2(1):700-704. View abstract
  10. Edwards-Leeper, L., Feldman, H.A., Lash, B.R., Shumer, D.E., & Tishelman, A.C. . Psychological profile of the first set of transgender youth presenting for medical intervention in a U.S.pediatric gender center. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. 2017. View abstract
  11. Tishelman AC, Shumer DE, Nahata L. Disorders of Sex Development: Pediatric Psychology and the Genital Exam. J Pediatr Psychol. 2017 06 01; 42(5):530-543. View abstract
  12. Amy C. Tishelman & Randi Kaufman. The Sage Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. Gender Dysphoria: Risk For. 2017. View abstract
  13. Nahata L, Quinn GP, Caltabellotta NM, Tishelman AC. Mental Health Concerns and Insurance Denials Among Transgender Adolescents. LGBT Health. 2017 06; 4(3):188-193. View abstract
  14. Nahata L, Tishelman AC, Caltabellotta NM, Quinn GP. Low Fertility Preservation Utilization Among Transgender Youth. J Adolesc Health. 2017 Jul; 61(1):40-44. View abstract
  15. Tishelman AC, Fontes LA. Religion in child sexual abuse forensic interviews. Child Abuse Negl. 2017 01; 63:120-130. View abstract
  16. Strang JF, Meagher H, Kenworthy L, de Vries ALC, Menvielle E, Leibowitz S, Janssen A, Cohen-Kettenis P, Shumer DE, Edwards-Leeper L, Pleak RR, Spack N, Karasic DH, Schreier H, Balleur A, Tishelman A, Ehrensaft D, Rodnan L, Kuschner ES, Mandel F, Caretto A, Lewis HC, Anthony LG. Initial Clinical Guidelines for Co-Occurring Autism Spectrum Disorder and Gender Dysphoria or Incongruence in Adolescents. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2018 Jan-Feb; 47(1):105-115. View abstract
  17. Fontes LA, Tishelman AC. Language competence in forensic interviews for suspected child sexual abuse. Child Abuse Negl. 2016 08; 58:51-62. View abstract
  18. Nahata L, Quinn GP, Tishelman A. A Call for Fertility and Sexual Function Counseling in Pediatrics. Pediatrics. 2016 06; 137(6). View abstract
  19. Javonda Williams, Debra Nelson-Gardell, Kathleen Coulborn Faller, Amy Tishelman & Linda Cordisco-Steele. Perceptions of the Value of Extended Assessments to Resolve Allegations of Sexual Abuse: It's the Performance that Counts. Journal of Social Service Research. 2016; 1(42):57-69. View abstract
  20. Shumer DE, Reisner SL, Edwards-Leeper L, Tishelman A. Evaluation of Asperger Syndrome in Youth Presenting to a Gender Dysphoria Clinic. LGBT Health. 2016 10; 3(5):387-90. View abstract
  21. Tishelman, A.C., Kaufman, R., Edwards-Leeper, L., Mandel, F. H., Shumer, D. & Spack, N.P. . Serving Transgender Youth: Challenges, Dilemmas and Clinical Examples. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice . 2015; 46(1):37-45. View abstract
  22. Tishelman, Amy C.; Kaufman, Randi; Edwards-Leeper, Laura; Mandel, Francie H.; Shumer, Daniel E.; Spack, Norman P. Reply to comment on “Serving transgender youth: Challenges, dilemmas, and clinical examples” by Tishelman et al. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol 46(4), Aug 2015, 307. 2015; 46(4):307. View abstract
  23. Newton A.W., & Tishelman, A.C. . In: Diagnostic Imaging of Child Abuse. Kleinman, PK, Ed. Psychosocial considerations. 2015; 633-637. View abstract
  24. Daniel E. Shumer & Amy C. Tishelman. The Role of Assent in the Treatment of Transgender Adolescents. International Journal of Transgenderism. 2015; (16):97-102. View abstract
  25. Williams J, Nelson-Gardell D, Coulborn Faller K, Tishelman A, Cordisco-Steele L. Is there a place for extended assessments in addressing child sexual abuse allegations? How sensitivity and specificity impact professional perspectives. J Child Sex Abus. 2014; 23(2):179-97. View abstract
  26. Williams, J. Nelson-Gardell, D., Faller, K., Cordisco-Steele & Tishelman, A.C. . Is there a place for extended assessments for evaluating concerns about child sexual abuse? Perceptions of 1,294 child maltreatment professionals. . Journal of Forensic Social Work. 2013; 3(2):88-105. View abstract
  27. Hidalgo, M.A. , Ehrensaft, D., Tishelman, A.C., Clark, L., Garofalo, R., Rosenthal, S., Spack, N.P & Olson, J. . The gender affirmative model: What we know and what we aim to learn. Human Development. 2013; 56:285-290. View abstract
  28. Tishelman, A.C. & Geffner, R. . Child and adolescent trauma across the spectrum of experience: Research and clinical interventions . Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma. 2011; 4(1):1-7. View abstract
  29. Geffner, R. & Tishelman, A.C. Child and adolescent trauma across the spectrum of experience: Underserved populations and psychological abuse . Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma . 2011; 4(2):87-89. View abstract
  30. Tishelman AC, Geffner R. Forensic, cultural, and systems issues in child sexual abuse cases--part 2: research and practitioner issues. J Child Sex Abus. 2010 Nov; 19(6):609-17. View abstract
  31. Tishelman AC, Geffner R. Forensic, cultural, and systems issues in child sexual abuse cases--part 1: an introduction. J Child Sex Abus. 2010 Sep; 19(5):485-90. View abstract
  32. Tishelman AC, Meyer SK, Haney P, McLeod SK. The clinical-forensic dichotomy in sexual abuse evaluations: moving toward an integrative model. J Child Sex Abus. 2010 Sep; 19(5):590-608. View abstract
  33. Tishelman, A.C., Haney, P., Greenwald O’Brien, J & Blaustein, M. . A framework forschool-based psychological evaluations: Utilizing a ‘trauma lens’ . Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma . 2010; 3(4):279-302. View abstract
  34. Sanchez, N, Fine, J. & Tishelman, A.C. . The National Children's Bench Book ", Nora Sjoblom Sanchez, J.D., Children's Law and Policy Initiative, Pamela Pine, Ph.D. Copyright, Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc . Multidisciplinary teams and child sexual abuseevaluation: Best practices in civil/criminal and judicial coordination . 2008. View abstract
  35. Tishelman, A.C., Denton, J., Newton, A. & Vandeven, A.M. In Sparta, S. N. and Koocher, G. P. (Eds.), Forensic Assessment of Children and Adolescents: Issues and Applications . Evaluating child physical abuse and neglect. . 2006. View abstract
  36. Charlton, M., Kliethermes, M., Tallant, B., Taverne, A. & Tishelman, A. . Facts on traumatic stress and children with disabilities. . 2004. View abstract
  37. DeRoma VM, Hansen DJ, Tishelman AC, D'Amico P. Influence of information related to child physical abuse on professional ratings of adjustment and prognosis. Child Abuse Negl. 1997 Mar; 21(3):295-308. View abstract
  38. Evans, I.M., Okifugi, A., Engler, L., Bromley, K & Tishelman, A.C. . Home-school communication in the treatment of child behavior problems . Child and Family Behavior Therapy. 1993; 15:37-60. View abstract
  39. Baer, R.A., Tishelman, A.C., Degler, J.D., Osnes, P.G. & Stokes, T.F. . Effects of self-vs. experimenter-selection of rewards on classroom behavior in young children. . Education and Treatment of children . 1992; 15:1-14. View abstract
  40. Tishelman, A.C., Hearst, D. E., & Engler, L. B. . Advances in Child Health Psychology Abstracts, Clinical and Health Psychology. Denial: A review of the pediatric empirical Literature. . 1991; 114-115. View abstract
  41. Hansen DJ, Tishelman AC, Hawkins RP, Doepke KJ. Habits with potential as disorders. Prevalence, severity, and other characteristics among college students. Behav Modif. 1990 Jan; 14(1):66-80. View abstract
  42. Franzen, M. D., Tishelman, A. C., Smith, S., Sharp, B. & Friedman, A.G. Preliminary data concerning the test-retest and parallel-form reliability of the Randt Memory Test . The Clinical Neuropsychologist . 1989; 3:25-28. View abstract
  43. Bell-Dolan, D.J., Foster, S.L., & Tishelman, A.C. . An alternative to negative nomination sociometric measures . Journal of Clinical Child Psychology. 1989; 18:153-157. View abstract
  44. Hansen, D.J., Smith, G.M., Tishelman, A.C., Conway, L.P. & MacMillan, V.M. Parental problem-solving skills and child behavior problems: A comparison of physically abusive, neglectful,clinic and community families . Journal of Family Violence. 1989; 4:353-368. View abstract
  45. Franzen MD, Tishelman AC, Sharp BH, Friedman AG. An investigation of the test-retest reliability of the Stroop Color-Word Test across two intervals. Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 1987; 2(3):265-72. View abstract
  46. Goetsch, V.L., Tishelman, A.C. & Adams. H.E. . Specific phobia as a predictor of general anxiety level . Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. 1987; 9:383-387. View abstract
  47. Franzen, M.D., Tishelman, A.C., Seime, J.R. & Friedman, A.G. . Case Study:Neuropsychological evaluation of a woman with a congenital left hemisphere porencephaly . International Journal of Clinical Neuropsychology. 1986; 8:156-163. View abstract
  48. Guevremont, D.C., Tishelman, A.C. & Hull, D.A. . Teaching generalized self-control to attention-deficit boys with mothers as adjunct therapists. Child and Family Behavior Therapy. 1985; 7:23-37. View abstract