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Participate in a Research Study on Gender Identity and Body Perception

About the Study

To participate in the study, please call (310) 206-0468 or email csheen@mednet.ucla.edu.

We’re looking for transgender or nonbinary adults, cisgender gay or lesbian adults, and cisgender heterosexual adults to complete assessments and 1 or 2 MRI scans. You will receive $110 - $210 and be compensated for travel. Participants must be 18-40 years old and not taking any psychiatric medication. Trans and nonbinary participants must not yet be taking hormones or have had gender-affirming surgery.

For more information, check out the Participate in Research page or email csheen@mednet.ucla.edu.


What is the purpose of the study? What is gender dysphoria?

We want to understand the neurobiology of gender dysphoria and the interactions between sex hormone therapy treatment, the brain, and the body phenotype. Gender dysphoria is characterized by experiencing a stark contrast between one’s gender identity and their gender assigned at birth. Individuals experiencing gender dysphoria, early in development or later in life, discover that their body is incongruent with their gender identity and perception of self. Our research is not intended to be used for any current treatment decisions, nor is it to be used as diagnostic criteria for gender dysphoria.


DirectorJamie Feusner

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