Code : 18593      Created Date : Sunday, December 17, 2017   Update Date : Sunday, December 17, 2017    Visit : 542

Heino F. Meyer-Bahlburg

CUMC/Herbert Pardes Building of

the New York State Psychiatric Institute

1051 Riverside Drive

New York, NY 10032

(646) 774-6901

Professional biography:

Heino F. Meyer-Bahlburg, Dr. rer. nat., is a clinical psychologist with specialization in clinical and research sexology (development of gender and its variants, and of sexual behavior; psychosexual assessment).He is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry of Columbia University. Prof. Meyer-Bahlburg also co-directs a research program in Developmental Psychoendocrinology with a focus on intersexuality and the development of gender identity and its variants, and a Psychoendocrine Clinic that continues similar work he did at the State University of New York at Buffalo (1970-1977). Since 1987, he has been affiliated with the HIV Center with a focus on psychosexual assessment, the development and determinants of sexual risk behavior, and the effects of HIV disease on sexual functioning. He is also a member of the Organizing Committee of the Initiative for LGBT Health; a long-term member of the Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute’s Institutional Review Board; and Director of the HIV Center's Development Core, and an investigator with The Program for the Study of LGBT Health. He is the author of over 200 publications, mostly in the area of sexuality and gender.

Prof. Meyer-Bahlburg received The World Professional Association for Transgender Health's (WPATH) highest honor, the "Harry Benjamin Lifetime Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award." The award was made at the 23rd WPATH Symposium in Bangkok, Thailand in February "in recognition of his seminal work on the developmental psychobiology of gender, leading to better treatment for children with Disorders of Sex Development / intersex conditions and to a better conceptualization and understanding of their psychosexual development."

On October, 2017 Prof. Meyer-Bahlburg was presented with the TUMS Distinguished Visiting Professor Title for the duration of 2017-2020 by Head of Psychosexual Medicine Department of School of Medicine.


Research Interests:

  • Developmental psychobiology of gender and sexuality

  • Intersexuality / Disorders of Sex development

  • Gender identity disorders

  • Sexual risk behavior

  • Assessment of gender and sexuality


Top Selected publications:

  • Meyer-Bahlburg HFL: Psychoendocrinology of congenital adrenal hyperplasia. In: New MI et al. (Eds.), Genetic Steroid Disorders., Academic Preess/Elsevier, San Diego, CA, USA, 2014

  • Meyer-Bahlburg HFL: Sex steroids and variants of gender identity.. Endocrinology & Metabolism Clinics of North America 2013;42:435-452

  • Meyer-Bahlburg HFL, Dolezal C, Haggerty R, SiLverman M, New MI: Cognitive outcome of offspring from dexamethasone-treated pregnancies at risk for congenital adrenal hyperplasia due to 21-hydroxylase deficiency.. European Journal of Endocrinology 2012;167:103-110

  • Meyer-Bahlburg HFL, Dolezal C, Johnson LL, Kessler SJ, Schober JM, Zucker KJ: Development and validation of the Pregnancy and Infant Orientation Questionnaire.. Journal of Sex Research 2010;47:598-610

  • Meyer-Bahlburg HFL: From mental disorder to iatrogenic hypogonadism - Dilemmas in conceptualizing gender identity variants as psychiatric conditions.. Archives of Sexual Behavior 2010;39:461-476

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Prof. Meyer-Bahlburg was keynote speaker in 2 day program titled Gender dysphoria; Critical psychological Considerations (23 & 24 October 2017). During his presence in TUMS, he visited department of psychosexual medicine of TUMS School of Medicine. He lectured course on Gender dysphoria; Critical psychological Considerations.

He also had three workshops on the below topics:

  • Biological and psychosocial influences on gender development, 23/10/2017

  • Children and adolescents with gender dysphoria: assessment and clinical management, 23/10/2917

  • Gender dysphoria: diagnostic and therapeutic challenges, 23/10/2017