Transgender Health: Best Practices in Medical and Mental Health Care



Watch the video below to see what these experts in the field have to say about the WPATH Transgender Health Conference


Burrell Behavioral Health and the Springfield-Greene County Health Department are pleased to announce the program for this stellar conference event. The WPATH Conference was sold out in both Chicago and Atlanta, and we are grateful to the staff and professionals at WPATH for this unique mid-west opportunity.

The transgender population continues to grow in our country, and many are concerned about having their appropriate and sensitive healthcare needs being met. A good healthcare provider always asks questions about health behaviors in a sensitive way, not making any assumptions, but assessing patient level of risk. However, the transgender population is not always comfortable, knowing that often they are seeing providers who have little or no training in the unique mental and physical needs of this population. Thus, patient communication is compromised, and discussions about sex, gender, lifestyles, risks, and other significant health concerns are not addressed openly and honestly.

There is much to learn regarding this sector of our community, from the differences between social and medical transition, hormone therapy, reconstruction surgeries, silicone and oil injections, and including their unique mental health needs. Although the trans community is growing and becoming more visible, research and literature on trans health remains sparse. It is for this reason that the staff at Burrell Behavioral Health and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) are hosting this special conference event. Presenters have years of experience with this population, and offer informative, evidence-based, practical training that you need in your healthcare practice. We look forward to seeing you here in Springfield, Missouri!

A Message from WPATH to conference attendees

Welcome to Springfield,

We are very excited that you are among the first group of colleagues to participate in our certified WPATH training course, Transgender Health: Best Practices in Medical and Mental Health Care. The goal of this, and future WPATH educational programs, is to increase access to competent and compassionate care for transsexual, transgender and GNC people worldwide.

Approved during our 2013 Strategic Planning meeting and at the request of many of our members among others, our Global Education Initiative (GEI) has been years in the making. Our team has worked hard to put together the absolute best course for you; one based on evidence and combined expertise of many leaders in the field.

We want to thank our Board of Directors and our tireless fellow WPATH Executive Committee members Vin Tangpricha MD, PhD, Secretary/Treasurer, and Jamison Green PhD, President, whom you will be meeting during the course. We also want to thank our entire WPATH staff, especially Sue O’Sullivan, Managing Director, Donna Kelly, Director, Global Education and Development and Andrea Martin, Associate Director, for their support. The entire team, in true WPATH fashion, has been hardworking and collegial, from inception to the delivery of this course.

Finally, this training would not be possible without our exceptional course developers and trainers who have all given of their time and talents to be here with you. We are certain you will love working with them as much as we do. It is with much gratitude that we introduce julie Graham LMFT, US Content Chair who have help us immensely with this project. We feel fortunate that you are being trained by some of our most experienced clinicians in North America, many of whom have worked in the field for decades.

We are thrilled that you are here in Springfield with us. We have had an overwhelmingly positive response. We have done our best to accommodate as many participants as possible. We look forward to spending time with you, the quickest responders, over the next few days as we embark on this first of many global trainings in trans health.

Thank you for being with us and enjoy your time in Springfield!

Warm regards,

Lin and Gail

Lin Fraser EdD, Co-Chair GEI and Development Committees, Past President WPATH
Gail Knudson MD, FRCPC Co-Chair GEI and Development, Committees President Elect WPATH

Who Should Attend

Anyone working in the social services and health care industry will find this conference helpful in addressing the unique needs of the transgender population. This includes mental health and healthcare professionals, juvenile services professionals, law enforcement, family services professionals, social workers, educators, case workers, community support workers, administrators, volunteers, students, and family specialists.

Continuing Education Credits


Burrell Behavioral Health is committed to an ongoing process consisting of formal learning activities that (1) are relevant to psychological practice, education and science, (2) enable psychologists to keep pace with emerging issues and technologies, and (3) allow psychologists to maintain, develop, and increase competencies in order to improve services to the public and enhance contributions to the profession.

Burrell is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Burrell maintains responsibility for the program and its content. This three day conference is approved for 22.5 hours of continuing education. Because each of the conference workshops builds upon earlier sessions, full participation is required each day, and no partial credit will be awarded. Those participating in the post-course training will receive an additional 4.75 hours of continuing education. Each session is to be considered an intermediate to advanced level of training.

For questions regarding educational credit please contact Johnelle Ethridge, Education Coordinator at 417-761-5025 or via email at

Accreditation approval only refers to these educational activities and does not imply endorsement of any commercial products by Burrell Behavioral Health or any other participating organization.

Participants will receive statements of credit at the end of the program when all requirements for credit have been met. Satisfactory completion of objectives will occur through program attendance. Therefore contact hours will be given only for hours the participant attends. In order to receive a statement of credit, all participants must sign-in at the registration desk and turn in a completed evaluation form at the end of the program. Continuing education statements will be e-mailed within 30 days to participants who complete and return evaluation forms and sign in on the program roster.


To claim Continuing Education Credit, attendees must: (a) sign-in at registration, (b) attend the entire session, and (c) complete this evaluation packet and return to WPATH registration desk after your last session.

Certificates of participation will be sent by e-mail to each attendee 7-10 days after the final day of the course.

Please sure to provide a valid e-mail address at sign-in and on your evaluation form.

Interprofessional Continuing Education – Rush Accreditation

Rush University Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Rush University Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of twenty-two and a half hours (22.5) plus four and three-quarter hours (4.75) hours for the optional post course workshop for a combined maximum of 27.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Rush University is accredited as a provider of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Rush University designates this live activity for a maximum of twenty-two and a half hours (22.5) plus four and three-quarter hours (4.75) hours for the optional post course workshop for a combined maximum of 27.25 Continuing Education credit(s).

This activity is being presented without bias and without commercial support.

Rush University Medical Center Disclosure Policies

Unapproved Uses of Drugs/Devices: In accordance with requirements of the FDA, the audience is advised that information presented in this continuing medical education activity may contain references to unlabeled or unapproved uses of drugs or devices. Please refer to the FDA approved package insert for each drug/device for full prescribing/utilization information.

Potential Conflict of Interest: It is the policy of the Rush University Office of Interprofessional Continuing Education to ensure that its CE activities are independent, free of commercial bias and beyond the control of persons or organizations with an economic interest in influencing the content of CE. Everyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity must disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest (including but not limited to pharmaceutical companies, biomedical device manufacturers, or other corporations whose products or services are related to the subject matter of the presentation topic) within the preceding 12 months.

This activity is being presented without bias or commercial support. The faculty for this activity disclose the following the following relationships:

Robert Garofalo, MD – Consultant to AbbVie
Stephen Rosenthal, MD Consultant to AbbVie

The remaining course director(s), planner(s), faculty, and reviewer(s) of this activity have no relevant financial relationship to disclose.

Conference at a Glance

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

8:00 a.m.- 8:15 a.m. A Global Education Initiative – Lin Fraser, EdD
8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Introduction to Trans Health – Ren Massey, PhD
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Cultural considerations: Incorporating Gender Affirming Care – Jamison Green, PhD
10:45 a.m.– 11:15 a.m. Networking Break
11:15 a.m – 12:30 p.m. Foundations in Mental Health – Randi Ettner, PhD.
12:30 p.m- 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Ongoing Mental Health Care: Psychotherapy – Lin Fraser, EdD
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Networking Break
4:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. Legal and Policy Panel – Jamison Green, PhD and Randi Ettner, MD
Dinner on your own
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. THEA / WPATH Town Hall Meeting-Bridging the Gaps

Thursday, March 31, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Opening Recap
8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Gender Dysphoria and Nonconformity and the Prepubertal Child: Understanding Clinical Issues and Gender Development – Scott Leibowitz, MD
9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Break
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Mental Health and Hormonal Treatment in Adolescents – Courtney Finlayson, MD and Scott Leibowitz, MD
11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Foundations in Hormonal Treatment – Frederic Ettner, MD
2:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Networking Break
2:30 pm -4:00 p.m. Overview of Surgical Treatment – Loren Schechter, MD
4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Break
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Foundations in Primary Care for Transgender patients – Frederic Ettner, MD

Friday, April 1, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m Opening Recap
8:15 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. Standards of Care – Lin Fraser, EdD and Dan Karasic, MD
9:30 a.m – 10:00 am. Networking Break
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The Multi-disciplinary Team: Case Discussions – Dan Karasic, MD moderator with Fred Ettner, MD, Randi Ettner PhD, and Loren Schechter, MD
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. Care of the The Transitioning Client – Dan Karasic, MD
2:30 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. Passing break into small group
2:40 p.m.- 3:25 p.m. Challenges and Controversies Moderated Roundtable part 1 – Lin Fraser, EdD, Jamison Green, PhD and Dan Karasic MD
3:25 p.m. – 3:35 p.m. Passing break into small group
3:35 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. Challenges and Controversies Moderated Roundtable part 2
4:25 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Passing back to General Session
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Challenges and Controversies Forum: Panel Discussion
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. WPATH Perspectives – Lin Fraser EdD and Jamison Green PhD

Saturday, April 2, 2016
Post Course Workshop – For those who are performing assessments and letter writing (separate registration required)
Planning and Documenting Medical Transition

7:00 a.m.– 9:30 a.m . Review of Clinical Guidelines and Eligibility for Hormonal Treatment Key Questions and Factors Around Surgical Planning
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Break
9:45 a.m. -11:45 p.m. Case Studies and Documentation: Working Groups
11:45 p.m. – 12:00 Take Home Messages

Conference Learning Objectives

  • Articulate the data and concepts supporting a biological mechanism for gender identity.
  • Distinguish the current understanding of the etiology of gender identity relative to that of the recent past.
  • Describe the overall change in tone and approach of the progressive versions of the Standards of Care.
  • List the criteria recommended for hormones and surgeries.
  • Discuss the spectrum of surgical treatment options (face, breast, genitalia) for MtF individuals.
  • Discuss the spectrum of surgical treatment options (face, breast, genitalia) for MtF individuals.
  • Identify the protocols necessary to safely provide exogenous testosterone to transgender men while arranging for appropriate monitoring of the treatment.
  • Identify the protocols necessary to safely provide hormone treatment for transgender women while arranging for appropriate monitoring of treatment.
  • Discuss two common social stressors that affect this population.
  • Describe the impact on mental and physical health.
  • List three benefits and three risks in hormonal confirming treatment.
  • Recognize three key post-surgical examination points.
  • Recognize the predictors of persistence of childhood gender dysphoria and the impact of parental support on emotional well-being.
  • Recognize the predictors of persistence of childhood gender dysphoria and the impact of parental support on emotional well-being.
  • Confidently explain the limits of our knowledge among classic cross-sex hormone treatment paradigms and areas where additional data would guide treatment choices.
  • Reference existing literature in other populations to outline the potential negative consequence of the treatments used for cross-sex hormone therapy.
  • Recognize the predictors of persistence of childhood gender dysphoria and the impact of parental support on emotional well-being.
  • Describe the use of pubertal blockers and cross-sex hormones in gender dysphoric youth and give examples of the impact of these interventions.
  • Describe gender identity development, current updated terminology and the developmental pathways of gender dysphoria in childhood and adolescence.
  • Describe gender identity development, current updated terminology and the developmental pathways of gender dysphoria in childhood and adolescence.
  • Recognize the important components of assessment when developing a bio-psycho-social formulation and treatment plan that takes into account the child, adolescent, family, and community systems.
  • Describe the various mental health (degree of social transition, family acceptance, school/community support) and physical (GnRH analogs, menses cessation, androgen blockers, cross-gender hormones, surgical) interventions for youth with gender dysphoria, and the controversies and indications across developmental periods).
  • Describe the role that a mental health provider has when working with youth and families undergoing gender transition (assessment of ability to provide inform consent, exploration of safety, improvement of adaptive ego strengths, exploration of the risks/benefits of irreversible interventions).
  • Identify common co-occurring mental health conditions experienced by youth with gender dysphoria and appreciate how the co-occurring conditions might impact assessment and/or treatment of gender dysphoria.
  • Recognize the influence of personal countertransference issues in the care of the youth.
  • Apply WPATH SOC to transition.
  • Prepare patient to explore the impact of transition on their family, their social life, and on work, including discrimination and loss.
  • Identify the benefits and challenges of each type of transition. (Social, hormonal, legal, and surgical)
  • Apply the philosophy that there is no “right” way to transition – each transition is unique, based on the individual and their goals, and situation. Each body, each mind, each situation is different. Transition can take years and people may move back and forth in stages.
  • Describe concepts related to confusion, exploration, regret and detransition.
  • List common mental health side effects of hormones and hormonal transition and know where to locate further information.
  • Discuss potential impact of surgery on sexual sensation, sexuality, breast feeding, and fertility.
  • List six tasks related to psychotherapy according to the SOC.
  • List 3 different reasons that people may present for psychotherapy.
  • Identify the benefits and challenges of each type of transition. (Social, hormonal, legal, and surgical)
  • Be able to describe the stages of transgender identity development and the clinician’s role at each stage.
  • Describe potential challenges during psychotherapy and how to manage these.
  • Describe how to translate existing theoretical models into affirmative care models.
  • Describe how to translate existing theoretical models into affirmative care models.
  • Describe the techniques used in performing surgical procedures (face, breast, genitalia) for MtF individuals
  • Identify potential surgical complications from MtF procedures (ffs, thyroid chondrolaryngoplasty, breast augmentation, vaginoplasty.
  • Understand post-operative vaginoplasty and breast care for MtF individuals.
  • Describe the techniques used in performing surgical procedures for FtM individuals (chest, phalloplasty and metoidioplasty.
  • Identify potential surgical complications from FtM procedures (chest surgery, phalloplasty, metoidioplasty.
  • Understand post-operative phalloplasty/metoidioplasty and post-operative chest surgery care for FtM
  • List four elements contributing to the provision of gender affirming care.
  • Describe two ways of viewing gender that are different than their understanding of their own gender, or as gender is defined by their culture of upbringing.
  • Recognize and describe the need for legal expertise in relation to transgender lives.
  • Identify five of the many types of cases for which transgender people may have need for legal services.
  • To be able to list three principles to good communication across disciplines to provide care.
  • To be able to list three principles of mental health, medical and surgical care to genderqueer patients.
  • To be able to apply three principles of SOC 7 to the multidisciplinary care of patients with co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse.
  • To be able to apply three principles of SOC 7 to the multidisciplinary care of patients with co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse.
  • To be able to list three principles of cultural humility across disciplines in the care of complex patients.
  • Identify three key developments effecting care in the WPATH History and Professional Evolution timeline.
  • Identify the Overarching Treatment goal of the SOC.
  • Identify five key changes in SOC version 7.
  • List components of the interview in order to ensure the capacity to consent for medical intervention.
  • List components of a referral letter for surgery and hormones.
  • Recognize reasonable well-controlled mental and medical health conditions.
  • Communicate the risks and benefits of both hormone and surgery.
  • Apply the necessary components of documentation and letter writing for hormone and surgical treatment.

Burrell and WPATH are still confirming presenters and travel arrangements at this time, and reserve the right to modify speakers at any point if those originally scheduled cannot attend.

Faculty – WPATH Executive Committee


Jamison Green, PhD, President

Jamison Green, PhD, MFA, is a pioneering advocate for transgender and transsexual civil rights, health, and social safety. He leads a small consulting firm specializing in transgender education and policy consulting for business, education, and government, through which he and colleagues advise the Human Rights Campaign on the Corporate Equality Index, and many corporate and government clients on transgender workplace issues. He is the author of the prize-winning book Becoming a Visible Man (Vanderbilt University Press, 2004), and his work on anti-discrimination legislation, healthcare access, and insurance reform has impacted institutions throughout the world, opening access to workplace equality and basic and trans-specific healthcare to trans people in the US and abroad. He has been recognized by the LGBT Bar Association with its Transgender Advocacy Award, by the Association of Gay & Lesbian Psychiatrists with its Distinguished Service Award, and by the Transgender Law Center with its Vanguard Award. Currently in the midst of a two-year term as President of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), he is also an adjunct full professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in its doctoral program in human sexuality policy
and clinical practice. Dr. Green also does expert witness consulting.


Lin Fraser, EdD, Past President, Co-Chair GEI and Development

Dr. Lin Fraser is Past President of WPATH. Her goals during her Presidency centered on training and education, becoming a more international organization, partnering with other organizations, and expanding the use of technology (TIPT).

Dr. Fraser saw her first transgender client in 1972 and has had a private psychotherapy practice with a gender subspecialty since 1976. She is a charter member of WPATH (then HBIGDA) and served as a consultant on the first Standards of Care. She participates in education and advocacy through teaching, consulting, working with the judicial system, and appearing in the media to educate others about transgender health.

She has chaired two Strategic Planning Meetings during her Presidency and hosted the WPATH Global ICD Consensus Process meeting in San Francisco. She is one of the main contributors and writers of the current WPATH Standards of Care (SOC7) and is co-founder/chair of the WPATH Global Education Initiative (GEI) with Dr. Gail Knudson.

Course Developers and Faculty


Randi Ettner, PhD, WPATH Board of Directors

Randi Ettner PhD is a clinical and forensic psychologist. She is a member of the board of directors of WPATH, an author of the Standards of Care, and Chair of the Committee for Incarcerated Persons. Dr. Ettner has written four books on transgender issues, including a medical and surgical text, numerous peer-reviewed articles and research, and was an internationally syndicated columnist. She was the lead expert in the lawsuit that overturned Medicare’s exclusion of surgery, has been instrumental in the passage of anti-discrimination laws, and provided testimony that helped establish legal precedent for the rights of transgendered individuals in the workplace and to secure appropriate treatment for prisoners, including the first case to provide surgery to an incarcerated transwoman. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, and has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows, including Oprah, speaking about transgender issues. She is chief psychologist at the Chicago Gender Center, and the president of New Health Foundation Worldwide. The University of Minnesota Program in Human Sexuality sponsors The Randi and Fred Ettner Transgender Health Fellowship, to train sexual health scientists.


Frederic Ettner, MD

Frederic M. Ettner, MD is a board certified family physician. He has cared for families for thirty-four years including obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, adult and geriatric, and transgender medicine — in Evanston, Illinois. He is a clinical instructor, preceptor and lecturer for Northwestern University, Chicago, and University of Southern California medical schools. Dr. Ettner received the outstanding teacher award from Northwestern Medical School, more importantly, he was acclaimed because of the diversity of patients and subsequent learning experiences especially with transgender patients. Over the past fifteen years, collaborating with Dr. Randi Ettner and Dr. Loren Schechter they have created a unique seamless approach to transgender care.


Dan Karasic, MD, WPATH Board of Directors

Dan Karasic, MD is a Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at University of California San Francisco. He received his M.D. from Yale University and trained in psychiatry at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. He co-leads the Gender Team at the UCSF Alliance Health Project, is the psychiatrist for the Transgender Life Care Program and the Dimensions Clinic at Castro Mission Health Center. He is Mental Health Director for UCSF Medical Center’s new transgender surgery program, and sees trans patients in his UCSF faculty practice. He has helped develop trainings and trained health providers for the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s transgender surgery program. He co-edited the book, Sexual and Gender Diagnoses of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM): A Reevaluation, and authored the chapter, “Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Patients” in Clinical Manual of Cultural Psychiatry, Second Edition.

Dr. Karasic is on the Board of Directors of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, and is a co-author of the WPATH Standards of Care, Version 7. He chairs the WPATH Public Policy Committee and is a member of the GEI and Development Committee. He chaired or co-chaired the Mental Health Track of the National Transgender Health Summit in 2011, 2013, and 2015, and is on the Medical Advisory Board of the UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Care. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a past president of the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists, and recipient of the 2012
UCSF Chancellor’s Leadership Award for LGBT Health.


Scott Leibowitz, MD

Scott Leibowitz, MD is the Head Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for the Gender and Sex Development program at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Leibowitz completed his child and adolescent psychiatry training at Boston Children’s Hospital in 2010 where he developed a consultative, psychosocial assessment and treatment clinic for gender nonconforming and transgender youth prior to moving to the Gender and Sex Development Program in Chicago at Northwestern in 2013.

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 is on the gender and sexuality curriculum taskforce for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Leibowitz participated in the development of gender, sex, and sexuality competencies for undergraduate medical education as part of the Association of American Medical College’s Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Sex Development.

In 2015, he testified in favor of the Illinois HB 217 Bill that banned Conversion therapy for minors, which ultimately was passed and signed into law. He subsequently served as an expert contributor in developing a report on consensus statements on conversion therapies as part of a joint initiative between SAMHSA and the American Psychological Association.


Loren Schechter, MD, FACS

Dr. Schechter is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Chicago Medical School and Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL. After receiving his undergraduate degree with high distinction from the University of Michigan, Dr. Schechter earned his medical degree with honors from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He then completed his residency in general and plastic surgery at the University of Chicago Hospitals, where he also completed a fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery. While at the University of Chicago, Dr. Schechter was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society and graduated as The Outstanding Student in Surgery.

Dr. Schechter is past chair of the legislative affairs committee and patient safety committee for The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is past president of both the Illinois Society of Plastic Surgeons and The Chicago Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. In addition, he was recipient of the 2013 Illinois State Bar Association Award for Community Service for his advocacy efforts on behalf of the transgender community, and he served as local host for the 2007 WPATH symposium in Chicago, IL.

Dr. Schechter is a member of multiple surgical societies including The American College of Surgeons, The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and The American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, The World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, The Midwest Association of Plastic Surgeons, The Chicago Surgical Society, and The World Association for Transgender Health.


Faughn Adams, PsyD.

Dr. Faughn Adams is a licensed psychologist providing psychotherapy and assessment to clients in Georgia and clinical consultation to mental health providers across the Southeastern United States. Areas of expertise include human sexual identity and sociocultural influences on mental health. When not sitting in the therapy chair, find Dr. Adams riding a motorcycle on a twisty road. Learn more about the biker at and learn more about the professional at


Courtney Finlayson, MD

Courtney Finlayson MD, is currently with the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Finlayson received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her medical degree from Northwestern University. She completed residency in Pediatrics at Rush University and fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at Lurie Children’s Hospital, during which time she was a research fellow with Dr. J. Larry Jameson. Dr. Finlayson is the pediatric endocrinologist for the multi-disciplinary Gender & Sex Development Program at Lurie Children’s Hospital. This program cares for two groups of patients: children with gender non-conformity and children with differences of sex development. She is currently engaged in multiple research projects to improve care and quality of life of these individuals. Much of this research focuses on fertility preservation in youth who are transgender or who have differences in sex development. In addition, she is a co-investigator in the recently funded NIH study to examine the effects of early medical treatment in transgender youth.


Renelle (Ren) Massey, PhD

Ren Massey, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in the Atlanta area for over 25 years. His training and experience include work with adults as well as youth in inpatient and outpatient settings. He frequently presents on gender issues to varied audiences, including healthcare professionals, graduate students, college students, faculty, staff, and lay people at universities and schools (K-12). He consults with school communities on developing gender-inclusive environments and practices. Dr. Massey has been honored as a Fellow of the Georgia Psychological Association (GPA) for leadership in a number of roles. He chaired the GPA Annual Conference in 2012 and served on the GPA Board of Directors several years. He founded the group that became GPA’s Council on Gender and Sexual Diversity. This Council provides public and professional education as well as informs public policy-makers about LGBT issues. Ren currently serves on the GPA Ethics Committee and on the GPA Presidential Task Force evaluating the organization. In his free time, Ren’s favorite hobby is dancing, especially partnered dancing. He also has 10 years of experience as the human staff attending to Frankie (his Siamese cat).

Hotel Reservations

RamadaThe 2016 Transgender Health Conference will be held at the University Plaza Hotel Convention Center, Springfield, Missouri

Located in the heart of downtown Springfield – surrounded by great restaurants, lounges and coffee shops – this first class hotel has terrific resort-style amenities like a fitness center, whirlpool, sundeck and indoor and outdoor pools.

Special Room Rates

We have special room rates for the conference at $89 (plus applicable taxes) single/double.

Call the reservations department at 417.864.7333 and be sure to ask for the Burrell “Transgender Health” conference block to receive the discounted conference rate.

NOTE: Rooms at the special rate are subject to availability and sell out quickly! Hotel reservations are separate from conference registration and must be booked and paid for separately.

University Plaza

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University Plaza Hotel
333 John Q. Hammons Parkway
Springfield MO 65806

Hotel Phone: 417.864.7333
Hotel Fax: 417.831.5893


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