Panel Discussion on Disordered Eating Within Transgender Populations

Panel Discussion on Disordered Eating Within Transgender Populations

Beginning with a discussion of gender dysphoria, this panel addresses the impacts of unrealistic expectations in the media, relevance to transgender people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and difficulty finding a provider that understands the complex intersections of gender dysphoria and disordered eating. The panel concludes with implications for the field, including recommendations on how to identify and address disordered eating and gender dysphoria with clients, as well as practical resources.


Martha F. Perry, MD

Martha F. Perry, MD

Associate Professor and Medical Director at UNC Children’s Primary Care Clinic, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ashley Austin, PhD

Ashley Austin, PhD

Professor of Social Work, Barry University, Miami FL

Ryan Papciak, MSW, LCSW

Ryan Papciak, MSW, LCSW

Graduate Research Assistant, Barry University, Miami FL

Learning Objectives

Discuss the importance of this topic in relation to transgender and nonbinary people.

  • Describe Gender Dysphoria
    1. Share stats related to topic
    2. Unrealistic expectations in media
    3. Discuss relevance to trans people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Share details on how trans people struggling with disordered eating might get “passed around” from provider to provider.
  • Shed light on implications for the field.
    1. Talk about how to identify and address disordered eating/gender dysphoria with clients.
    2. Complexity of gender dysphoria in relation to body positivity and unconditional self-love.

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Primary care and behavioral health providers serving children, adolescents, and young adults

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1.0 Hours