Jack Turban, MD, MHS

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    Harvard College, Cambridge, MABANeuroscience
    Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CTMD
    Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CTMHS
    Massachusetts General Hospital / McLean Hospital (Harvard Medical School), Boston, MAGeneral Psychiatry Residency
    Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CAChild & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
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    US Preventative Health ServiceExcellence in Public Health Award
    NBCPride 30 Innovator

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    Jack Turban MD MHS is the Director of the Gender Psychiatry Program at UCSF, where he is also an Assistant Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Affiliate Faculty at The Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. His research focuses on the mental health of transgender and gender diverse youth, with a focus on research relevant to public policy. He is co-editor of the textbook Pediatric Gender Identity: Gender-affirming Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth. His research has been cited in major court cases regarding the civil rights of transgender people in the U.S., in state legislative debates around the country, and in the United Nations’ independent expert report on conversion therapy.

    Dr. Turban's work has appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, JAMA Psychiatry, JAMA Pediatrics, and the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, among others. His research includes the first study to link gender identity conversion efforts to adverse mental health outcomes and the first study to link access to pubertal suppression during adolescence to lower odds of suicidality among transgender adults. He is a contributing editor for The Journal of The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, an academic editor for PLoS One, and on the editorial board of Psychiatric Times.

    He is also a frequent op-ed contributor with work featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, CNN, Scientific American, Vox, and other major media outlets. He teaches op-ed writing in the Harvard Master of Science in Media, Medicine, and Health program and has taught op-ed writing for physicians and scientists for The American Psychiatric Association and The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

    Dr. Turban is regularly consulted by the media to comment on issues regarding mental health and topics related to LGBTQ health. He and his work have been quoted over 100 times for outlets including NPR’s All Things Considered, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, MSNBC's 11th Hour, ABC’s 20/20 with Diane Sawyer, The New York Times, NBC News, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Vox, Reuters, GQ, Vogue, CBC, and Vanity Fair, among others. He has consulted for the U.S. Department of Defense and major tech companies on issues related to LGBTQ mental health. He currently serves on the scientific advisory board for The Upswing Fund, a collaborative fund created by Melinda Gates to support adolescent mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Dr. Turban graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude with a B.A. in neurobiology. He earned his MD and MHS degrees from Yale School of Medicine, where he was an HHMI medical research fellow and graduated with highest honors with an award winning thesis entitled, “Evolving Treatment Paradigms for Transgender Youth.” He completed his adult psychiatry training at MGH/McLean (Harvard Medical School) and his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he served as chief fellow.

    He is a member of the media committee of The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and the communications council of The American Psychiatric Association. He sits on the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports.

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    1. Gender Identity and Ethnoracial Disparities in Conversion Effort Exposure. Am J Public Health. 2024 May; 114(5):455-457. Turban JL, Anderson CTM, Spetz J. PMID: 38598764; PMCID: PMC11008289.
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    2. Biopsychosocial Assessments for Pubertal Suppression to Treat Adolescent Gender Dysphoria. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2024 Apr 04. Turban JL, Thornton J, Ehrensaft D. PMID: 38582366.
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    3. Rapid-Onset Gender Dysphoria Is Not a Recognized Mental Health Diagnosis. J Adolesc Health. 2023 12; 73(6):1163-1164. Turban JL, Dolotina B, Freitag TM, King D, Keuroghlian AS. PMID: 37980076.
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    4. Functional neurological disorder and functional somatic syndromes among sexual and gender minority people: A scoping review. J Psychosom Res. 2023 11; 174:111491. Lerario MP, Fusunyan M, Stave CD, Roldán V, Keuroghlian AS, Turban J, Perez DL, Maschi T, Rosendale N. PMID: 37802674.
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    5. The Importance of Non-Probability Samples in Minority Health Research: Lessons Learned from Studies of Transgender and Gender Diverse Mental Health. Transgend Health. 2023 Aug; 8(4):302-306. Turban JL, Almazan AN, Reisner SL, Keuroghlian AS. PMID: 37525831; PMCID: PMC10387152.
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    6. Correction: Access to gender-affirming hormones during adolescence and mental health outcomes among transgender adults. PLoS One. 2023; 18(6):e0287283. Turban JL, King D, Kobe J, Reisner SL, Keuroghlian AS. PMID: 37307257; PMCID: PMC10259783.
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    7. Functional Neurological Disorder Among Sexual and Gender Minority People. Neurol Clin. 2023 Nov; 41(4):759-781. Lerario MP, Rosendale N, Waugh JL, Turban J, Maschi T. PMID: 37775203.
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    8. Age of Realization and Disclosure of Gender Identity Among Transgender Adults. J Adolesc Health. 2023 06; 72(6):852-859. Turban JL, Dolotina B, Freitag TM, King D, Keuroghlian AS. PMID: 36935303.
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    9. Author Response to: Science and Public Health as a Tool for Social Justice Requires Methodological Rigor. Pediatrics. 2022 Dec 01; 150(6). Turban JL, Dolotina B, King D, Keuroghlian AS. PMID: 36443234.
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    10. Sex Assigned at Birth Ratio Among Transgender and Gender Diverse Adolescents in the United States. Pediatrics. 2022 09 01; 150(3). Turban JL, Dolotina B, King D, Keuroghlian AS. PMID: 35918512.
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    11. Legislation restricting gender-affirming care for transgender youth: Politics eclipse healthcare. Cell Rep Med. 2022 08 16; 3(8):100719. Kraschel KL, Chen A, Turban JL, Cohen IG. PMID: 35977463; PMCID: PMC9418844.
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    12. Understanding and Supporting Patients With Dynamic Desires for Gender-Affirming Medical Interventions. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 07 01; 5(7):e2224722. Turban JL, Brady C, Olson-Kennedy J. PMID: 35877127.
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    13. Phantom Networks Prevent Children And Adolescents From Obtaining The Mental Health Care They Need. Health Aff (Millwood). 2022 07; 41(7):1026-1028. Dolotina B, Turban J. PMID: 35787074.
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    14. Psychopharmacologic Considerations for Transgender and Gender Diverse People. JAMA Psychiatry. 2022 06 01; 79(6):629-630. Turban JL, Kamceva M, Keuroghlian AS. PMID: 35442406.
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    15. A Multipronged, Evidence-Based Approach to Improving Mental Health Among Transgender and Gender-Diverse Youth. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 02 01; 5(2):e220926. Dolotina B, Turban JL. PMID: 35212756.
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    16. Access to gender-affirming hormones during adolescence and mental health outcomes among transgender adults. PLoS One. 2022; 17(1):e0261039. Turban JL, King D, Kobe J, Reisner SL, Keuroghlian AS. PMID: 35020719; PMCID: PMC8754307.
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    17. Chronic UV radiation-induced RORγt+ IL-22-producing lymphoid cells are associated with mutant KC clonal expansion. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2021 09 14; 118(37). Lewis JM, Monico PF, Mirza FN, Xu S, Yumeen S, Turban JL, Galan A, Girardi M. PMID: 34504008; PMCID: PMC8449378.
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    18. Timing of Social Transition for Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth, K-12 Harassment, and Adult Mental Health Outcomes. J Adolesc Health. 2021 12; 69(6):991-998. Turban JL, King D, Li JJ, Keuroghlian AS. PMID: 34272170; PMCID: PMC8612964.
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    19. Legislation to Criminalize Gender-Affirming Medical Care for Transgender Youth. JAMA. 2021 06 08; 325(22):2251-2252. Turban JL, Kraschel KL, Cohen IG. PMID: 34028489.
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    20. The US Supreme Court and the Future of Sexual and Gender Minority Health. Am J Public Health. 2021 07; 111(7):1220-1222. Liu M, Turban JL, Mayer KH. PMID: 34019455; PMCID: PMC8493133.
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    21. Factors Leading to "Detransition" Among Transgender and Gender Diverse People in the United States: A Mixed-Methods Analysis. LGBT Health. 2021 May-Jun; 8(4):273-280. Turban JL, Loo SS, Almazan AN, Keuroghlian AS. PMID: 33794108; PMCID: PMC8213007.
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    22. Geosocial Networking Application Use Among Sexual Minority Adolescents. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2021 04; 60(4):429-431. Suto DJ, Macapagal K, Turban JL. PMID: 33359409.
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    23. Use of Geosocial Networking Applications Is Associated With Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder in an Online Sample. J Sex Med. 2020 08; 17(8):1574-1578. Turban JL, Passell E, Scheuer L, Germine L. PMID: 32402815; PMCID: PMC7390670.
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    24. Sexual Health in the SARS-CoV-2 Era. Ann Intern Med. 2020 09 01; 173(5):387-389. Turban JL, Keuroghlian AS, Mayer KH. PMID: 32384139; PMCID: PMC7233185.
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    25. Cutaneous Photoprotection: A Review of the Current Status and Evolving Strategies. Yale J Biol Med. 2020 03; 93(1):55-67. Suozzi K, Turban J, Girardi M. PMID: 32226337; PMCID: PMC7087054.
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    26. Gender-congruent government identification is crucial for gender affirmation. Lancet Public Health. 2020 04; 5(4):e178-e179. Malta M, LeGrand S, Turban J, Poteat T, Whetten K. PMID: 32192576.
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    27. Pubertal Suppression for Transgender Youth and Risk of Suicidal Ideation. Pediatrics. 2020 02; 145(2). Turban JL, King D, Carswell JM, Keuroghlian AS. PMID: 31974216; PMCID: PMC7073269.
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    28. Association Between Recalled Exposure to Gender Identity Conversion Efforts and Psychological Distress and Suicide Attempts Among Transgender Adults. JAMA Psychiatry. 2020 01 01; 77(1):68-76. Turban JL, Beckwith N, Reisner SL, Keuroghlian AS. PMID: 31509158; PMCID: PMC6739904.
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    29. Posting Sexually Explicit Images or Videos of Oneself Online Is Associated With Impulsivity and Hypersexuality but Not Measures of Psychopathology in a Sample of US Veterans. J Sex Med. 2020 01; 17(1):163-167. Turban JL, Shirk SD, Potenza MN, Hoff RA, Kraus SW. PMID: 31708484; PMCID: PMC7037740.
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    30. Medical Training in the Closet. N Engl J Med. 2019 Oct 03; 381(14):1305-1307. Turban JL. PMID: 31577873; PMCID: PMC7935459.
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    31. Identify, Engage, Understand: Supporting Transgender Youth in an Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital. Psychiatr Q. 2019 09; 90(3):601-612. Acosta W, Qayyum Z, Turban JL, van Schalkwyk GI. PMID: 31209713; PMCID: PMC7045586.
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    32. Psychological Attempts to Change a Person's Gender Identity From Transgender to Cisgender: Estimated Prevalence Across US States, 2015. Am J Public Health. 2019 10; 109(10):1452-1454. Turban JL, King D, Reisner SL, Keuroghlian AS. PMID: 31415210; PMCID: PMC6727306.
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    33. Potentially Reversible Social Deficits Among Transgender Youth. J Autism Dev Disord. 2018 Dec; 48(12):4007-4009. Turban JL. PMID: 29752630.
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    34. Drs. Turban and van Schalkwyk Reply. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2018 Nov; 57(11):887-889. Turban JL, van Schalkwyk GI. PMID: 30392632.
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    35. Understanding Pediatric Patients Who Discontinue Gender-Affirming Hormonal Interventions. JAMA Pediatr. 2018 10 01; 172(10):903-904. Turban JL, Carswell J, Keuroghlian AS. PMID: 30178056.
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    36. Dynamic Gender Presentations: Understanding Transition and "De-Transition" Among Transgender Youth. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2018 07; 57(7):451-453. Turban JL, Keuroghlian AS. PMID: 29960687.
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    37. "Gender Dysphoria" and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Is the Link Real? J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2018 01; 57(1):8-9.e2. Turban JL, van Schalkwyk GI. PMID: 29301673.
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    38. Knowledge and attitudes toward transgender health. Clin Teach. 2018 06; 15(3):203-207. Turban JL, Winer J, Boulware S, VanDeusen T, Encandela J. PMID: 29178596.
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    39. Research Review: Gender identity in youth: treatment paradigms and controversies. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2018 12; 59(12):1228-1243. Turban JL, Ehrensaft D. PMID: 29071722.
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    40. Ten Things Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth Want Their Doctors to Know. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2017 04; 56(4):275-277. Turban J, Ferraiolo T, Martin A, Olezeski C. PMID: 28335868.
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    41. Transgender Youth: The Building Evidence Base for Early Social Transition. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2017 02; 56(2):101-102. Turban JL. PMID: 28117053.
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    42. Novel biomarker identification using metabolomic profiling to differentiate radiation necrosis and recurrent tumor following Gamma Knife radiosurgery. J Neurosurg. 2017 Aug; 127(2):388-396. Lu AY, Turban JL, Damisah EC, Li J, Alomari AK, Eid T, Vortmeyer AO, Chiang VL. PMID: 27885954.
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    43. Psychiatric disorders, suicidal ideation, and sexually transmitted infections among post-deployment veterans who utilize digital social media for sexual partner seeking. Addict Behav. 2017 03; 66:96-100. Turban JL, Potenza MN, Hoff RA, Martino S, Kraus SW. PMID: 27902944.
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    44. Sox2 in the differentiation of cochlear progenitor cells. Sci Rep. 2016 Mar 18; 6:23293. Kempfle JS, Turban JL, Edge AS. PMID: 26988140; PMCID: PMC4796895.
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