DEPARTMENT of PSYCHOLOGY
2019-2020 COLLOQUIUM SERIES
Psychology Kick-off Colloquium
co-sponsor by the
Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality (WGS)
Kristina Olson, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of Washington
“Childhood Gender Diversity: Latest Findings and Current Controversies”
Upon birth, doctors, midwives, and parents around the world declare “It’s a boy” or “It’s a girl”. Today, more and more children are defying these declarations, identifying as a gender that did not align with this pronouncement at their birth. In this talk, Dr. Olson will present work exploring the gender development and well-being of this generation of transgender and gender nonconforming children, suggesting ways in which their lives are both remarkably unique and surprisingly similar to their more gender conforming peers. She will address questions about the continuity and discontinuity of identity, examine our own researcher biases in assessing gender, and discuss the implications of social support and transitioning on well-being in transgender and gender diverse youth.
Monday, September 16, 2019
Coffee/cookies at 3:15pm.
Reception will be held after the talk.