Nic Rider, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Nic Rider

Contact Info

Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Coordinator of the Adult Transgender Health Services Program, Institute for Sexual and Gender Health

Randi and Fred Ettner Fellowship in Transgender Health, University of Minnesota

PhD, Counseling Psychology, Howard University in Washington, D.C.


Nic Rider, Ph.D. (they/them) is an assistant professor, a licensed psychologist, and the Transgender Health Services Coordinator. They are also the Associate Director for Research at the National Center for Gender Spectrum Health. Dr. Rider’s research broadly focuses on improving healthcare for and exploring resilience among marginalized communities, with a focus on sexual and gender diverse people of color. They often focus on social and structural factors impacting the lived experiences of historically excluded communities and resilience/strengths identified by these communities. Dr. Rider's clinical training includes psychotherapy and assessment experiences in a university counseling center, hospital settings, private practice, community clinic, residential treatment, and juvenile justice settings. Their professional interests are in the areas of intersectionality, improving various health disparities, sexual health and pleasure, decolonizing healing justice, systems change and social justice advocacy. They serve as the Co-Chair for the Asian American Psychological Association’s Division on LGBTQQ and participate on committees advocating for queer and trans individuals globally. Dr. Rider received a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Pronouns: they/them/theirs.

Awards & Recognition

UMN Outstanding Postdoctoral Scholar Award, 2018



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.

Brown, C., Eisenberg, M., Gower, A., Sieving, R., McMorris, B., Porta, C., & Rider, G. N. (2021). “We tried to have the talk:” Transgender and gender diverse youth experiences with parent-youth communication about sexuality. Journal of Adolescent Health, 68(2), S35.

Brown, C., Rider, G. N., Sieving, R. E., McMorris, B. J., Eisenberg, M. E., & Porta, C. M. (2021). “My parents may influence my feelings about it but that’s also something that I can change myself:” Transgender and gender diverse youth perspectives on parental messages about sexuality. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 17(5), 501-515.

Kuper, L. E., Rider, G. N., & Amand, C. M. S. (2021). Recognizing the importance of chest surgery for transmasculine youth. Pediatrics, 147(3), e2020029710.

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. (* 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.

Rider, G. N., & Watkins, K. L. (2021). Biphobia. In H. L. Armstrong (Ed.), Encyclopedia of sex and sexuality: Understanding biology, psychology, and culture (pp. 75-76). ABC-CLIO, Inc.

Rosser, B. R. S., Rider, G. N., Kapoor, A., Talley, K. M. C., Haggart, R., Kohli, N., Konety, B. R., Mitteldorf, D., Polter, D. J., Ross, M. W., West, W., Wheldon, C., & Wright M. (2021). Every urologist and andrologist should know about treating sexual and gender minority prostate cancer patients: Translating research findings into culturally-competent clinical practice. Translational Andrology and Urology, 10(7), 3208-3225.

Martin, L., Rider, G. N., Johnston-Goodstar, K., Menanteau, B., Palmer, C., & McMorris, B. J. (2021). Prevalence of trading sex among high school students in Minnesota: Demographics, relevant adverse experiences, and health-related statuses. Journal of Adolescent Health, 68(5), 1011-1013.

Ashley, F., St. Amand, C., & Rider, G. N. (2021). The continuum of informed consent models in transgender health. Family Practice, 38(4), 543-544.

Bradford, N., Catalpa, J., & Rider, G. N. (2021). Genderqueer. In H. L. Armstrong (Ed.), Encyclopedia of sex and sexuality: Understanding biology, psychology, and culture (pp. 280-282). ABC-CLIO, Inc.

Catalpa, J., Bradford, N., Dickenson, J., & Rider, G. N. (2021). Fluidity, gender. In H. L. Armstrong (Ed.), Encyclopedia of sex and sexuality: Understanding biology, psychology, and culture (pp. 241-243). ABC-CLIO, Inc.

Lee, H., Yi, H. Rider, G. N., Operario, D., Choo, S, Kim, R., Eom, Y.-J., & Kim S.-S. (2021). Transgender adults’ public bathroom-related stressors and their association with depressive symptoms and suicidality: A nationwide cross-sectional study in South Korea. LGBT Health, 8(7), 486-493.

Rider, G. N., Cai, J., & Candelario-Pérez, L. (2021). Queer and trans sexual and romantic relationships. In K. L. Nadal & M. Scharrón-del Río (Eds.), Queer psychology: Intersectional perspectives (pp. 181-197). Springer.

Rider, G. N., & Tebbe, E. (2021). Anti-trans theories. In A. Goldberg & G. Beemyn (Eds.), The SAGE encyclopedia of trans studies (pp. 39-43). SAGE Publications, Inc.