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“The Next Genderation: Meeting the Needs of Gender Diverse and Transgender Youth Across Development” by Scott Leibowitz, MD

Scott Leibowitz, MD is the Medical Director of Behavioral Health Services for the THRIVE gender and sex development program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. He is also Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Leibowitz completed his child and adolescent psychiatry training at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School where he first developed a psychosocial assessment and treatment clinic in coordination with the hospital’s Gender Management Service- the first formal, multidisciplinary clinic for transgender youth in an American children’s hospital. He subsequently moved to Chicago and served in the Gender & Sex Development at Lurie Children’s Hospital before taking on his current role. He is currently the co-chairman of the Sexual Orientation Gender Identity Issues Committee for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, a member of the Global Education Initiative for the World Professional Association of Transgender Health, and was appointed Chapter Lead for the Adolescent Assessment chapter in the upcoming revision of the WPATH Standards of Care, 8th edition. He also served as an expert witness in 2016 for the United States Department of Justice in its legal action against the State of North Carolina for its anti-transgender HB2 bill as well as an ACLU 2017 federal case in Pennsylvania on school bathroom use, for which the ruling was in favor of transgender youths’ rights. He has also served as an expert contributor in developing a report on consensus statements on conversion therapies as part of an initiative between SAMHSA and the American Psychological Association.

Brief Description:

In this presentation, the presenter will provide an overview of the assessment and treatment needs of gender diverse and transgender youth. Participants will learn about the developmental considerations that multidisciplinary teams must keep in mind when working with these children and adolescents. Current debates in the field will be presented alongside the most up to date evidence that exists with respect to the approach that gender clinics are taking across the United States and beyond. This presentation is an excellent opportunity to learn about what is and is not known about gender identity development in youth as well as some of the more complex nuances that every clinician must know when working to help youth live authentically and emotionally healthy lives.



1) Attendees will develop an understanding about what is and is not known about gender identity development in childhood and adolescence.
2) Attendees will appreciate the developmental differences related to gender dysphoria in clinical practice and how to address these aspects in assessment and treatment.
3) Attendees will understand the knowledge gaps and controversies within the field of gender dysphoria as it pertains to children and adolescents.