Committees

 

BYLAWS, POLICIES, & PROCEDURES

The mission of the Policy & Procedures Committee is to document the operational policies and procedures of and for the Association, and to provide a forum for the ongoing development of Association policy. The Committee creates and maintains a Policy and Procedures Manual which is a living document that guides the operation of the Association. The Policy and Procedures Manual is intended to ensure that the Association functions efficiently and effectively and to provide operational continuity over time.

Chairperson and BOD Liaison
Katherine Rachlin, PhD 

Committee Members
Walter Bockting, MD
Lin Fraser, EdD
Jamison Green, PhD
Ami Kaplan, LCSW
Walter Meyer, MD
Barbara Warren, PhD

 

 

CHILD AND ADOLESCENT

The child and adolescent committee aims at giving gender dysphoria in children and adolescents proper attention in the WPATH, regarding clinical care as well as training and research.

Chairperson
Laura Edwards-Leeper, MD

BOD Liaison
Sam Winter, PhD

Committee Members
Dianne Berg, PhD
AnnaLou De Vries, MD PhD
Scott Leibowitz, MD
Amy Tishelman, PhD
Valerie Tobin, NP

 

 

DISORDERS OF SEX DEVELOPMENT

The mission of the WPATH Committee on Disorders of Sex Development (DSD)* is to educate and provide consultation on the current state of knowledge, research, and clinical practice regarding individuals born with sex-atypical variants of internal and external sex differentiation to professionals and the lay public.

*Formerly the Intersex Committee

Chairperson
David Sandberg, PhD

BOD Liaison
Griet de Cuypere, MD

Committee Members
Peggy Cohen-Kettenis PhD
Tom Mazur, Psy.D
Walter Meyer, MD
Heino Meyer-Bahlburg, Dr. rer.nat.
Kenneth Zucker, PhD

 

 

ETHICS

The Ethics Committee is to serve only as an advisory body, establishing guidelines for ethical care of patients by members of WPATH. The Committee will not conduct investigations or evaluate complaints made against members of the organization. The Committee may refer complainants to the appropriate specialty governing bodies, if possible or appropriate.

Chairperson and BOD Liaison
Jamison Green, PhD

Board Liaison
 Baudewijntje Kreukels, PhD

Committee Members
Luke Allen, MA
Carol Bayley, PhD
Lori Ecker, JD

 

 

 

INSTITUTIONALIZED PERSONS

Chairperson and BOD Liaison
Randi Ettner, PhD

Committee Members
George Brown
Gail Knudson, MD
Patricia Schmidt, DO

 

 

LEGAL ISSUES

Whereas, our organization stands in favor of the claim of equal dignity and respect under the law of all transgender, transsexual and intersex people, and that our organization stands in favor of their equal treatment under the law, and their fair and equal access to medical, legal and social services and basic civil and human rights, regardless of the state or country in which they reside or under whose protection they fall. The members stand ready to inform and educate society at large, government and non-government organizations, and other professional groups concerning the medical treatment of transgender, transsexual and intersex people.

The Legal Issues Committee will draft on behalf of the organization: position papers, policy recommendations, legal science and legal briefs as needed to address specific cases at bar; advise government and non-government organizations; and improve societal recognition of the equal dignity, respect and rights of transgender, transsexual and intersex people when the rights and dignity of transgender and transsexual people may be or have been violated, or are in jeopardy, or are for consideration in relation to any other matter.

Chairperson
Lori Ecker, JD

BOD Liaison
Tamara Adrian, JD

Committee Members
Trevor Corneil, MD
Lisa Gilinger, ESQ
Jamison Green PhD
John Knight, JD
Dru Levasseur, JD
Jennifer Levi, ESQ
Rachael Wallbank,
Stephen Whittle, OBE, FAcSS, DLaw

 

 

MEMBER COMMUNICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY

The mission of the WPATH Web Site Committee is to distribute information regarding the Association and gender identity issues via the internet.

Chairperson and BOD Liaison
Vin Tangpricha, MD, PhD 

 

 

Membership

The mission of the Membership Committee is to recruit and retain new members, as well as to facilitate the communication between members. Professionals with a professional interest and experience in the field of gender identity and with a graduate degree in fields such as medicine, psychology, law, social work, counselling, psychotherapy, family studies, sociology, anthropology, sexology, speech and voice therapy, etc. are accepted to become a Full Individual (i.e., Professional) Member. Graduate students in relevant fields of study are invited to become Student Members. Other interested persons are invited to become Supporting Members. Exceptions to membership status can be made by the Board of Directors.

Chairperson
John C. Capozuca, PhD

BOD Liaison
Sam Winter, PhD

Committee Members
Dr. Rosemary Jones
Arlene Lev, LCSW-R, CASAC
Beatrice Robinson, PhD

 

 

PUBLIC POLICY, ADVOCACY, & LIAISON

The purpose of the committee is to support the mission of WPATH; to act as an advocate within the WPATH board and general membership for patients/clients/consumers of medical, surgical, integrative medicine, psychiatric, legal, psychological, religious or other professional services as pertaining to transsexualism or transgenderism; and to serve, where necessary or possible, as a liaison between consumers of services and WPATH professional members who provide these services.

Chairperson and BOD Liaison
Dan Karasic, MD

Committee Members
Rosalyne Blumenstein, LCSW
Blaine Paxton Hall, BS, MHS-CL, PA-C
Joanna Frost, MSW, LICSW
Anne Vitalie, PhD
Sam Winter, PhD

 

 

STANDARDS OF CARE REVISION

This committee has been created due to the ongoing need to revise WPATH's Standards of Care.

The mission of the Standards of Care Revision Committee is to:

1.) Represent the disciplines generally involved in the evaluation and multimodal treatment of persons with gender identity disorders

2.) Collect, examine, and discuss the literature pertaining to the evaluation and treatment of persons with gender identity disorders and to make recommendations for revisions to the existing Standards of Care when a significant body of information becomes available meriting a revision. By the very nature of the scientific process, there is no specific timetable for releasing new revisions; this is an ongoing process.

Chairperson
Eli Coleman, PhD

Co-Chairpersons
Jon Arcelus, MD
Asa Radix, MD

BOD Liaisons
Gail Knudson, MD, FRCPC,
Griet de Cuypere, MD

Click Here for the SOC Revision Committee List By Chapter

 

 

VOICE AND COMMUNICATIONS

The mission of the WPATH Committee on Voice and Communication is to create an international network of professionals with expertise in the voice and communication issues experienced by gender variant children, adolescents and adults, to contribute to the development and promotion of standards of care and services for these individuals, and to reduce discrimination against gender variant people on the basis of their voice and communication characteristics.

Chairperson
Dr. Vica Papp

BOD Liaison
Tone Marie Hansen

Committee Members
Richard Adler, PhD
Ulrika Nygren, PhD
Jennifer Oates, PhD

Click Here for the Goals of the Voice and Communications Committee

 

 

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