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Amy Tishelman, PhD

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Urology Research
Hospital Title:
Director of Clinical Research and Senior Staff Psychologist, Disorders of Sex Development-Gender Management Service (DSD-GeMS); Director of Psychology, Department of Urology
Academic Title:
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Research Focus Area:
EndocrinologyPsychologyGender Identity Development
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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.

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