447. Gender Affirming Assessment w/ Dr. Jae Purnell & Dr. Emily Trittschuh

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In a previous podcast conversation, we discussed gender-affirming care primarily through the lens of writing support letters for gender-affirming surgeries. Today, we’re coming at it from more of a neuropsychological perspective. I’m fortunate to have Dr. Emily Trittschuh and Dr. Jae Purnell here to talk through the ins and outs of gender-diverse neuropsychological assessment. We cover topics such as…

  • What the literature really says about brain-based sex differences
  • The role of test norms in gender-affirming assessment
  • Language considerations in gender-affirming assessment
  • Gender-affirming interview and report-writing skills

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions in this presentation are our own and do not necessarily reflect, and should not be taken as, official policy of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and/or the University of Washington. Regarding Jae, also the Center for Cogntion and Communication.

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About Dr. Jae Purnell

Jae Purnell (he/they) is an early career Clinical Neuropsychologist at the Center for Cognition and Communication in Manhattan, NY. He is queer and transmasculine. While his background has been more generally in neuropsychological assessment of adults and older adults, his passion projects center affirmative care of marginalized demographics, specifically for his community and adjacent LGBTQ+ communities.

About Dr. Emily Trittschuh

Emily Trittschuh, PhD, (she/her pronouns) is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and the Associate Director of Education & Evaluation with the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System’s Geriatric Research Education

Clinical Center (GRECC). She is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She has specialized in neurodegenerative disease and geriatrics throughout her career. Her clinical work and research has been focused on the full continuum of cognitive aging – from dementia to healthy brain aging into the 90s and beyond. At the VA since 2008, she developed additional and complementary interests in the care of older Veterans who are transgender and gender diverse (TGD) and for those with PTSD and cognitive concerns.

About Dr. Jeremy Sharp

I’m a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director at the Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling, a private practice that I founded in 2009 and have grown to over 20 clinicians. I earned my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina before getting my Master’s and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. These days, I specialize in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation with kids and adolescents.

As the host of the Testing Psychologist Podcast, I provide private practice consulting for psychologists and other mental health professionals who want to start or grow psychological testing services in their practices. I live in Fort Collins, Colorado with my wife (also a therapist) and two young kids.

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