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Dr. Anna Kerlek graduated from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine with her M.D. in 2006, completed her psychiatry residency at NYU in 2010, and her child psychiatry fellowship at NYU in 2012. She currently spends her clinical time working with youth seeking mental health care in the THRIVE program (which serves children with gender concerns), and children who have been traumatized in some way at The Center for Family Safety and Healing. In addition she is the program director for the child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and the one year post-graduate physician assistant training program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Prior to moving to Columbus, OH in 2015, she was director of inpatient adolescent psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City.
Presentation: Mental Health Considerations for Transgender Youth
Time: Breakout Session 2
This first part of the presentation will be a review of mental health considerations in transgender youth. We will cover prevalence data in youth for psychiatric disorders and suicide, and discuss the clinical diagnosis of gender dysphoria. We will review what a behavioral health assessment might look like for children and their families when there are concerns about depression, anxiety, trauma exposure, substance use, eating disorders, autism spectrum disorder, or other mental health issues. The second part will be an open question and answer period, during which audience members can participate actively with our panel members, which includes psychiatrists Dr. Anna Kerlek, Dr. Richard Gilchrist, Dr. Scott Leibowitz, and therapist Velma Valentine.
1. Participants will review protective factors and risk factors for suicide in transgender youth.
2. Participants will develop a working knowledge of the prevalence of mental health disorders and concerns in transgender youth, such as depression, anxiety, trauma exposure, substance use, eating disorders, and autism spectrum disorder.
3. Participants will feel more comfortable making suggestions or referrals for mental health care. Participants will know local resources or hotlines to call.