Mere Abrams, MSW

Associate Director of Clinical Research, Child and Adolescent Gender Center
Director of Community Engagement, Child and Adolescent Gender Center
Social worker

Mere Abrams is a social worker who helps develop programs that serve transgender, nonbinary and gender-expansive youths and their families. Abrams, who uses the pronouns they, them and their, is the liaison between the UCSF Child and Adolescent Gender Center and community organizations at the state, city and local levels. They also help educate patients about opportunities to participate in research at the clinic, as well as administering the mental health surveys and interviews associated with the research.

Abrams has particular interests in partnering with community organizations to conduct research, gender-affirmative transgender health care in pediatric settings, and education on gender diversity and inclusion. They also study nonbinary identities and gender-affirming interventions, as well as ethical considerations for mental health professionals who work with transgender, nonbinary and gender-expansive youths and their families.

One specific area of Abrams' research focuses on understanding the experience of transgender, nonbinary and gender-expansive youths who take puberty blockers or cross-sex hormones. Their research captures physical health, mental health and psychosocial over time in order to better understand the impact that puberty blockers or cross-sex hormones may have on the life of a child or adolescent.

Abrams works with the San Francisco Department of Public Health, serving as a director on a project to help the city develop programs, groups and resources for transgender youth within the city and county of San Francisco. In this role, they also help build the competency of youth-serving organizations in the areas of gender diversity and inclusion.

Abrams serves as vice chair of the board of trustees for enGender, a nonprofit Bay Area organization that supports trans, nonbinary and gender-expansive youths through groups, events and summer camps. Abrams belongs to the National Association of Social Workers and Mind-the-Gap. Outside of work, they enjoy writing, camping and taking road trips with their dog, Igby.

Clinics

Child and Adolescent Gender Center Clinic
1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-7337
Fax (Attn: Dr. Stephen Rosenthal): (415) 476-8214

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Education

Smith College School for Social Work 2014

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