Dianne R. Berg, PhD

Associate Professor, Institute for Sexual and Gender Health

Dianne R. Berg

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Human Sexuality Fellowship, University of Minnesota

PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Dianne Berg, Ph.D., is an assistant professor, licensed psychologist, and Co-Director of the National Center for Gender Spectrum Health with an emphasis in Child and Adolescent Gender Health at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Health (ISGH). She provides clinical services to adults, adolescents and children with sexuality and gender concerns. Her areas of interest are transgender issues – including gender creative children, and compulsive sexual behavior – including the unique needs of partners of people with compulsive sexual behavior. 

Dr. Berg and her colleague, Dr. Katie Spencer, are the authors of the Gender Affirmative Lifespan Approach (GALA™) of Psychotherapy and Education that is the theoretical framework for the clinical-research program of the Gender Health Services at ISGH. 

Dr. Berg is an invited speaker both nationally and internationally, including appearances on PBS and in Scientific American Mind magazine as well as presentations at the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) symposium and the national conference of the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). She is a published author with more recent work being a chapter co-author for an APA book on Assessment for Children within a Gender Affirmative Model of Care. She is currently developing a group therapy curriculum for trans-identified youth and their parent/s and is exploring clinical innovations to enrich supportive therapy experiences for gender creative children. 

Dr. Berg is a member of the Child and Adolescent Committee of WPATH, as well as an AASECT certified sex therapist and AASECT certified supervisor. Dr. Berg works in conjunction with pediatric endocrinology, urology, genetics and MDH Newborn Screening to provide a multidisciplinary clinic for children/adolescents with Disorders of Sex Development (DSD). Dr. Berg received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Health.

Pronouns: she/her/hers.


Transgender issues, compulsive sexual behavior, sex offender treatment, children and adolescent gender diversity



Ten most recent publications:

Becker-Warner, R., Candelario-Pérez, L., Rider, G. N., & Berg, D. (2021). Childhood gender nonconformity. In H. L. Armstrong (Ed.), Encyclopedia of sex and sexuality: Understanding biology, psychology, and culture (pp. 110-112). ABC-CLIO, LLC. 

Spencer, K. G.*, Berg, D. R.*, Bradford, N. J., Vencill, J., Tellawi, G., & Rider, G. N. (2021). The Gender Affirmative Lifespan Approach: A developmental model for clinical work with transgender and gender diverse children, adolescents, and adults. Psychotherapy, 58(1), 37-49. https://doi.org/10.1037/pst0000363 (* indicates shared first authorship)

Munns, R., Dickenson, J., Candelario-Perez, L., Kovic, A., Rider, G. N., Berg, D., Coleman, E., & Girard, A. (2021). Psychotherapies in the treatment of CSBD. In R. Balon & P. Briken (Eds.), Compulsive sexual behavior disorder: Understanding, assessment, and treatment (pp. 109-128). American Psychiatric Association. 

McGuire, J., Berg, D., Catalpa, J., Morrow, Q. J., Fish, J. N., Rider, G. N., Steensma, T., Cohen-Kettenis, P. T., & Spencer, K. (2020). Utrecht Gender Dysphoria Scale – Gender Spectrum (UGDS-GS): Construct validity among transgender, nonbinary, and LGBQ samples. International Journal of Transgender Health, 21(2), 194-208. https://doi.org/10.1080/26895269.2020.1723460

McGuire, J. K., Berg, D., Catalpa, J. M., Rider, G. N., & Steensma, T. D. (2020). Genderqueer Identity Scale. In R. R. Milhausen, J. K. Sakaluk, T. D. Fisher, C. M. Davis, & W. L. Yarber (Eds.), Handbook of sexuality-related measures (4th ed., pp. 355-359). New York: Routledge.

McGuire, J. K., Rider, G. N., Catalpa, J. M., Steensma, T. D., Cohen-Kettenis, P. T., & Berg, D. (2020). Utrecht Gender Dysphoria Scale—Gender Spectrum. In R. R. Milhausen, J. K. Sakaluk, T. D. Fisher, C. M. Davis, & W. L. Yarber (Eds.), Handbook of sexuality-related measures (4th ed., pp. 359-362). New York: Routledge. 

Bradford, N. J., Dewitt, J., Decker, J., Berg, D. R., Spencer, K. G., & Ross, M. W. (2019). Sex education and transgender youth: “Trust means material by and for queer and trans people.” Sex Education, 19(1), 84-98. doi:10.1080/14681811.2018.1478808

Strang, J. F., Janssen, A., Tishelman, A., Leibowitz, S. F., Kenworthy, L., McGuire, J. K., Edwards-Leeper, L., Mazefsky, C. A., Rofey, D., Bascom, J., Caplan, R., Gomez-Lobo, V., Berg., D., … Anthony, L. G. (2018). Letter to the Editor. Revisiting the link: Evidence of the rates of autism in studies of gender diverse individuals. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 57(11), 885-887. doi:10.1016/j.jaac.2018.04.023

Bradford, N. J., Rider, G. N., Catalpa, J., Morrow, Q. J., Berg, D. R., Spencer, K. G., & McGuire, J. (online first). Creating gender: A thematic analysis of genderqueer narratives. [Special Issue]. International Journal of Transgenderism, online ahead of print May 25, 2018. doi:10.1080/15532739.2018.1474516

Catalpa, J. M., McGuire, J. K., Fish, J. N., Bradford, N. J., Rider, G. N., & Berg, D. R. (under review). Predictive validity of the genderqueer identity scale (GQI): Differences between genderqueer and transgender individuals. [Special Issue]. International Journal of Transgenderism.

McGuire, J. K., Berg, D., & Catalpa, J. M. (under review). Genderqueer identity scale. In R. Milhausen (Ed.), Handbook of sexuality-related measures (4th ed.). New York: Routledge. Under review.