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Research Study Opportunities

The UCLA Gender Health Program supports a number of research study opportunities.

Research studies are an important step in discovering new medical treatments. Each study is conducted with actual patients and is designed to answer scientific questions and to find new and better ways to provide care for our transgender and gender diverse patients. The following UCLA studies are currently open for enrollment:

Family Therapy Study

Study title: UCLA Study on Family Therapy for Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth Ages 12-24 and Their Families

  • Study Description: The research team aims to create a new version of family-focused therapy that helps families understand youths’ gender identity, communicate more easily, and reduce stress. Participation includes interviews, questionnaires, and 12 sessions of family-focused therapy at no cost.
  • UCLA Principal investigator: Natalia Ramos, MD and David Miklowitz, PhD, UCLA Department of Psychiatry
  • Contact information: Call (310) 794-5269 or email [email protected]

For more information about clinical trials at UCLA: UCLA Office of Clinical Trials

Educational and Fellowship Opportunities

UCLA Fellowship in Genital Gender-Affirming Surgery 

This one-year fellowship focuses on all aspects of the diagnostic and therapeutic management of patients with gender dysphoria seeking gender-affirming genital surgery.  This is a clinical fellowship with opportunity for research in clinical or population studies. The fellow will practice with faculty primarily at UCLA Urology’s Burbank and Westwood clinics and operate in UCLA’s main Westwood medical center. In addition to clinical responsibilities, the fellow will participate in the multi-disciplinary team of specialists that comprises the UCLA Gender Health Program.  Upon completion of the fellowship, the fellow will be suited to pursue a career in either academic urology or the private sector with a focus on gender-affirming genital surgery.  The fellow will graduate with advanced skills in genitourinary reconstruction for transfeminine and transmasculine surgery and will be fully able to manage medical and surgical issues in patients undergoing primary and revision gender-affirming genital surgery.

LGBTQ+ Healthcare Fellowship

LGBTQ+ Healthcare Fellowship Program 2024 – 2025
The objective of the UCLA LGBTQ+ Healthcare Fellowship is to train future primary care physicians to be sensitive, comfortable, clinically knowledgeable and culturally competent in delivering healthcare to sexual and gender minority patient populations.

Facial Gender-Affirming Surgery Fellowship

The UCLA Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is delighted to offer a one-year fellowship focused on Facial Gender-Affirming Surgery. The fellowship is the first of its kind in the world and will primarily emphasize gender-affirming facial reconstruction encompassing an understanding of craniofacial surgical principles, skeletal relationships, orthognathic surgery, facial aesthetic principles, but also include chest and genital reconstruction.   

In addition to surgery, the vision of the fellowship is to generate leaders in gender-affirming care. As such, the fellowship includes time with gender health primary care physicians, endocrinology, behavioral health, urology, as well as collaborative projects with the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.  

For more detailed information and to apply >