Affirming Gender: Caring for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Populations
Presented by Dr. Ryan Cox
Earn 2 CEUs
- Be able to define transgender, gender non-conforming, DSM-5 criteria of Gender Dysphoria, and how each may manifest.
- Gain a better understanding of current and historical barriers to healthcare for the transgender population.
- Learn at least three ways to actively identify as an ally and reduce healthcare disparities.
Dr. Ryan Cox is a clinical health psychologist in integrated care and LGBTQ Patient Advocate in Family Medicine at Truman Medical Center. Prior to earning his PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Memphis, he graduated with a Master’s degree in Counseling from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. His Master’s-level internship was at SMYRC, the Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Resource Center, an inner-city social services agency for sexual and gender minority youth and young adults. It was here that Dr. Cox first began working with transgender and gender nonconforming individuals, and developed a passion for working with, and providing advocacy for, this population.
Throughout his doctoral training, Dr. Cox sought various opportunities to serve the LGBTQ community within therapeutic and social capacities. After graduation, he completed a 2,000-hour post-doctoral fellowship in LGBTQ Interprofessional Care with an emphasis on transgender health at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas.
In addition to his work at Truman, Dr. Cox is the Vice President of the Executive Board of Thrive Health Connection (formerly Good Samaritan Project) an HIV and AIDS healthcare non-profit, and serves on the board of the AIDS Service Foundation’s Education and Outreach Subcommittee. He is also an adjunct instructor within Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience’s psychology doctorate program, and volunteers at KC Care Health Center offering integrated behavioral health consults.