Randi and Fred Ettner Fellowship in Transgender Health

The Institute is currently recruiting for all fellowships. For more information, please contact Dr. Kristen Mark.

The Randi and Fred Ettner Fellowship in Transgender Health is a two-year program that provides training in the general area of sexual therapy, with a particular emphasis in the area of transgender and non-binary health. This fellowship will focus on expanding access to care and advancing research to better understand, diagnose, and treat transgender and non-binary gender health concerns.

The fellowship support postdoctoral fellows who are interested in a career that combines clinical and scholarly endeavors in the area of transgender health.

Fellows of the Institute for Sexual and GeNader Health with an emphasis in Transgender Health spend 40% of their time conducting research projects under faculty supervision, with a goal of presenting results at a scientific conference or preparing an article for publication. They spend 60% of their time providing clinical care focused on transgender health as well as treating a variety of sexual and gender health conditions, under the supervision of experienced professionals.

The goals for the fellowship program, with a combined 40% research/60% clinical care model are to:

  • Provide up-to-date training in the assessment and treatment of a variety of sexual and gender concerns
  • Provide more in-depth and up-to-date training in the assessment and treatment of gender identity concerns
  • Provide education to medical students, family medicine residents on topics such as sex history taking, basic counseling skills for sexual and gender problems and concerns. 
  • Engage in scholarly activity (40% of your time) that advances skills in research design, analysis, report writing, and presentation in the area of transgender health

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Past Fellows

Taymy Caso, PhD: 2020-2022

Ghazel Tellawi, PhD: 2018 - 2020

Nic Rider, PhD: 2016 - 2018

Randi and Fred Ettner

Dr. Randi Ettner is a clinical and forensic psychologist whose practice is located in Evanston, IL. She is a leader in the field of transgender health, an expert witness in Medicare, anti-discrimination laws, parental rights and health care for prisoners. She is a board member for WPATH and chairs their committee for incarcerated persons. Dr. Ettner conducts research and is the author of four books, including a medical and surgical text. She is the president of New Health Foundation Worldwide. She received her Ph.D. in psychology at Northwestern University.

Dr. Frederic M. Ettner MD is a family physician with 36 years of experience including 20 years treating transgender youth and adults. In addition to his practice, he conducts research and teaches medical students. His practice is located in Lincolnwood, IL. Dr. Ettner received his M.D. from The Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.

They have provided initial funding for this fellowship.

Benjamin Parchem, PhD

Current Fellow

Ben Parchem, PhD is the current Randi and Fred Ettner Fellow in Transgender Health. Dr. Parchem earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from George Washington University, with an emphasis on cultural humility and community-driven approaches. He completed clinical externships at Children’s National in integrated primary care, HIV mental health services, and the gender and autism program. He completed his predoctoral clinical internship at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in pediatric psychology working with various pediatric populations, and in the Gender Support Program. Over the course of his doctoral training, Dr. Parchem’s research has focused on the sexual, physical, and mental health of sexual and gender minorities. In his postdoctoral training at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Health, Dr. Parchem will provide assessment and therapy services to gender diverse children, adolescents, and young adults and contribute to research projects aiming to ameliorate health disparities and promote wellbeing among LGBTQ+ youth, particularly youth of color.