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Jack Turban MD MHS
Postdoctoral Medical Fellow, Psychiatry
Bio Jack Turban MD MHS is a researcher, medical journalist, and chief fellow in child and adolescent psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is co-editor of the book Pediatric Gender Identity: Gender-affirming Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth.
Dr. Turban's research focuses on the determinants of mental health among transgender and gender diverse youth. He led the team that published the first study to link gender identity conversion therapy (attempts to force transgender people to be cisgender) to suicide attempts and the first study to show that access to pubertal suppression during adolescence is associated with lower odds of suicidality among transgender and gender diverse people. His research and perspectives pieces have appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, JAMA Pediatrics, JAMA Psychiatry, Pediatrics, The American Journal of Public Health, and The Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, among others. His was awarded Best Clinical Perspectives Piece by The Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in 2017 and 2018. His manuscript on pubertal suppression for transgender youth was awarded best paper in the journal Pediatrics (the official journal of The American Academy of Pediatrics) in 2020. His research has been cited in major court cases regarding the civil rights of transgender people in the U.S., in state legislative debates around the country, and in the United Nations’ independent expert report on conversion therapy.
Dr. Turban is a frequent opinion contributor, and his writing on gender, sexuality, and policy has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Vox, Scientific American, The Hill, STAT, and Psychology Today, among others. He is a member of the editorial board of Psychiatric Times.
Dr. Turban is regularly consulted by the media to comment on issues regarding child and adolescent mental health and topics related to LGBTQ health. He and his work have been quoted over 100 times for outlets including NPR’s All Things Considered, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, ABC’s 20/20 with Diane Sawyer, The New York Times, NBC News, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Vox, Reuters, GQ, Vogue, CBC, and Vanity Fair, among others. He has consulted for the U.S. Department of Defense and major tech companies on issues related to LGBTQ mental health. He currently serves on the scientific advisory board for The Upswing Fund, a collaborative fund created by Melinda Gates to support adolescent mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Turban graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude with a B.A. in neurobiology. He earned his MD and MHS degrees from Yale School of Medicine, where he was an HHMI medical research fellow and graduated with highest honors with an award winning thesis entitled, “Evolving Treatment Paradigms for Transgender Youth.” He completed his adult psychiatry training at MGH/McLean (Harvard Medical School).
He has several active research projects through The Fenway Institute, The McLean Institute for Technology in Psychiatry, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is a member of the media committee of The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and the council on communications for The American Psychiatric Association.