(*PLEASE NOTE* - To register as a Student Member, you must select the "Graduate Student", "Resident", or "Fellow" option as a specialty in your account creation.)

The WPATH Student Initiative (WSI) provides opportunities for graduate students to become active in the work of WPATH, a multidisciplinary professional association which works on behalf of transgender people around the world. Student members serve as liaisons to committees and to the Board of Directors. Members of the Student Initiative have access to a mentoring program and a database of training programs. The WSI also works to support student research by awarding small research grants and fostering opportunities for students to present their research at WPATH and other transgender-related conferences across the world.

What WPATH does for Students

Student members of WPATH are afforded numerous benefits to enrich their career development and opportunities to influence the field of transgender health.

  • Subscription to the International Journal of Transgender Health, including online access to current and back issues of the journal.
  • Access to all private WPATH online resources, including our searchable member database, messaging and forum tools.
  • Discounted registration fees to the WPATH and USPATH symposiums, and all WPATH GEI Training Courses.
  • Eligibility for student achievement and small research grant awards.
  • Opportunities to make professional connections and impact the field of transgender health by participating on WPATH committees.
  • Opportunities to participate in graduate student research panels presenting your research at WPATH Biennial Symposia and other transgender conferences around the world.
  • Connecting to professionals and other students around the world via WPATH Google Groups.

Requirements for Student Membership:

Student members are individuals enrolled in a graduate program who, upon graduation, would be eligible for professional membership in the association. Areas of study include law, medicine, social work, counseling, psychology, speech and language therapy, public health, family studies, psychotherapy, marriage and family therapy, women/gender/queer studies, sexology, sociology, anthropology, linguistics, pharmacology and other academic and applied disciplines that contribute, or have the potential to contribute, to the wellbeing of transgender individuals and to the field of transgender health.

Student membership is available at $35 (US)* per year and requires proof of current enrollment as a graduate student through by uploading one of the following documents:

  • Photocopy of your dated student ID (with current date)
  • Photocopy or printout of your class registration
  • Photocopy or printout of your class schedule
  • Photocopy or printout of your school bill
  • Photocopy of your CV
  • Printout (with displayed URL) of your institution’s publicly accessible web page or web directory that proves your student status
  • Letter from a professor or academic advisor
  • Letter from Residency Coordinator or Program Director 

To join, please complete the WPATH Membership Application.

*Student membership is available for a reduced fee of $15 (US) per year for individuals residing in least developed countries. For the current 2020 fiscal year, low-income economies are defined as those with a GNI per capita, calculated using the World Bank Atlas method, of $1,025 or less in 2018; lower middle-income economies are those with a GNI per capita between $1,026 and $3,995; upper middle-income economies are those with a GNI per capita between $3,996 and $12,375 - click here for 2020 fiscal year list.

Co-Chairs/BOD Liaisons:

 Representative to the WPATH Board of Directors

Lane Kantor, BS 
Vice Chair of the WPATH Student Initiative

Lane is an MD/MPH student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA based in Los Angeles, California. They are pursuing a career that combines clinical care for transgender patients with health policy and population research to improve quality of life for transgender people. Their research is focused on utilizing data informatics to enhance care for transgender patients and the sexual health and educational needs of transgender youth and their parents. 







Student Initiative Newsletter (3-6-18)

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