Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D.

Psychologist, Gender Specialist, Author, Professor, Director of Mental Health Child and Adolescent Gender Center, UCSF

Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D. is an associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco and a developmental and clinical psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area, with a private practice in Oakland, California. She is Director of Mental Health of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center and chief psychologist at the Child and Adolescent Gender Center Clinic at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. She specializes in research, clinical work, and consultation related to gender-nonconforming children and assisted reproductive technology families, lecturing, publishing, and serving as an expert witness on both topics nationally and internationally.
Dr. Ehrensaft received her PH.D. from the University of Michigan and has served on the faculty of UCSF, University of California, Berkeley, The Wright Institute, Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, and Access Institute San Francisco. She is author of Gender Born, Gender Made, Mommies Daddies Donors, Surrogates, Building a Home Within (co-edited with Toni Heineman), Spoiling Childhood, Parenting Together, and the forthcoming book, The Gender Creative Child (The Experiment, due for release April 2016).
Dr. Ehrensaft is a founding member, senior clinician and board member of A Home Within, a national organization addressing the emotional needs of children in foster care, and serves on the Board of Directors of Gender Spectrum, a national organization addressing the needs of gender-expansive children and their families.