(*PLEASE NOTE* - To register as a Student Member, you must select the "Graduate Student", "Resident", or "Fellow" option as a specialty in your account creation.)
The WPATH Student Initiative (WSI) provides opportunities for graduate students to become active in the work of WPATH, a multidisciplinary professional association which works on behalf of transgender people around the world. Student members serve as liaisons to committees and to the Board of Directors. Members of the Student Initiative have access to a mentoring program and a database of training programs. The WSI also works to support student research by awarding small research grants and fostering opportunities for students to present their research at WPATH and other transgender-related conferences across the world.
Student members of WPATH are afforded numerous benefits to enrich their career development and opportunities to influence the field of transgender health.
Student members are individuals enrolled in a graduate program who, upon graduation, would be eligible for professional membership in the association. Areas of study include law, medicine, social work, counseling, psychology, speech and language therapy, public health, family studies, psychotherapy, marriage and family therapy, women/gender/queer studies, sexology, sociology, anthropology, linguistics, pharmacology and other academic and applied disciplines that contribute, or have the potential to contribute, to the wellbeing of transgender individuals and to the field of transgender health.
Student membership is available at $35 (US)* per year and requires proof of current enrollment as a graduate student through by uploading one of the following documents:
To join, please complete the WPATH Membership Application.
*Student membership is available for a reduced fee of $15 (US) per year for individuals residing in least developed countries. For the current 2020 fiscal year, low-income economies are defined as those with a GNI per capita, calculated using the World Bank Atlas method, of $1,025 or less in 2018; lower middle-income economies are those with a GNI per capita between $1,026 and $3,995; upper middle-income economies are those with a GNI per capita between $3,996 and $12,375 - click here for 2020 fiscal year list.
Penelope Strauss, MPH
Chair of the WPATH Student Initiative
Representative to the WPATH Board of Directors
Penelope is a PhD student based in Perth, Australia. Her research is focused on the mental health of gender diverse young people and the barriers faced in accessing medical and mental health services.
Jared Boot, MA
Vice Chair of the WPATH Student Initiative
Jared is a PsyD student (Clinical Psychology) based in Ann Arbor, MI at the Michigan School of Psychology. Jared's research and practice orientations aim toward advocating for policy changes to reduce health disparities for the transgender and gender-nonconforming communities. He is specifically interested in researching ways to reduce rural health disparities and scale development for transgender and gender-nonconforming communities.