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Diane Ehrensaft


Mental Health Director, Child and Adolescent Gender Center
Gender specialist and kiln glass artist

Diane Ehrensaft is a developmental and clinical psychologist who cares for children, adolescents, young adults and families. She specializes in gender-affirmative care for transgender and gender-expansive patients; assessment and psychotherapy for children; and support for parents and children in families created through assisted reproductive technology.

Ehrensaft earned a doctorate in psychology from the University of Michigan.

Ehrensaft's research focuses on the development and psychological experiences of transgender, gender-nonbinary, gender-expansive or gender-exploring children and adolescents. She is involved in studies of the developmental pathways of gender-expansive children before they reach puberty and mental health outcomes for youths who choose puberty blockers or gender-affirming hormones as part of their pediatric gender care.

Ehrensaft is the author of two books, The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children Who Live Outside Gender Boxes and Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender-Nonconforming Children.

  • Education

    University of Michigan, PhD, Psychology, 1974

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

Launching the UCSF Child and Adolescent Gender Center and learning from the children and families we work with have been the highlights of my career.

Where I see patients (2)

    Selected research

    Saving future lives

    500+ UCSF investigators are researching cures for hundreds of childhood and adult diseases.