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Working With Gender Variant Youth: Dr. Aron Janssen

Join us for a live interview with Dr. Aaron Janssen at The National Council for Behavioral Health’s annual conference: NatCon16. Dr. Janssen stopped by the media room to discuss his work, the passion he has for working with children and families, and his presentation on Gender Variant Youth for the conference.


Aron Janssen, MD, is a clinical assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine, the founder and clinical director of the Gender and Sexuality Service at the Child Study Center and the Co-Director of the Pediatric Consultation-Liaison Service. Dr. Janssen’s areas of expertise include LGBTQ mental health, gender identity and sexual orientation development, ADHD, anxiety and mood disorders, and psychopharmacology.

Dr. Janssen graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder and received his medical degree from the University of Colorado. In medical school, he was awarded the Adler Scholarship, an honor given to two medical students that demonstrated academic excellence and service to their school and community. Dr. Janssen completed his general psychiatry residency and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. While in training, he founded the LGBT mental health program at Bellevue Hospital and continues to oversee its operation.

Dr. Janssen is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Psychiatric Association, and World Professional Association for Transgender Health. In addition, Dr. Janssen has presented on LGBT issues in medicine at Regional and National Conferences for the American Association of Medical Colleges, for the American Psychiatric Association, and on television and radio. He has had his research presented at several academic psychiatric conferences. He is also the professor for an undergraduate course at the NYU College of Arts and Science as part of CAMS – Sex Matters: Identity, Behavior and Development.

Dr. Janssen was named to the 2013 and 2014 Super Doctors Rising Stars list published in the New York Times Magazine.



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