Kristina Olson

Announced on our day of birth or even months before, sex and gender are perhaps the most central social categories that affect our lives regardless of the society into which we are born. While the study of how we come to understand our own gender and the influence gender has on our lives has been central to the study of human psychology for decades, nearly all research to date has focused on people who experience “typical” gender identity (gender identity that aligns with one's sex).  In this talk, I will discuss our recent work exploring gender development and mental health in an increasingly visible group of children—transgender youth—for whom gender and sex collide.  I will explore how studying gender diverse children enhances our understanding of gender more broadly but also provides data to inform policy and medical decision-making as it pertains to gender diverse youth.