Susan Bradley on transsexualism


Susan Jane Bradley (born 1940) is a Canadian psychiatrist best known for her work on gender identity disorder in children.[1] She authored Gender Identity Disorder and Psychosexual Problems in Children and Adolescents (with Kenneth Zucker) and Affect Regulation and the Development of Psychopathology. Bradley was Chair of the DSM-IV Subcommittee on Gender Disorders.[2] Bradley served as Head of the Division of Child Psychiatry and was Psychiatrist-in-Chief at the Hospital for Sick Children and was consultant psychiatrist at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry. She is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Toronto and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.

Bradley was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario. She earned her B.Sc. from University of Toronto in 1962, earned her M.D. from University of Toronto in 1966 and was certified in 1967. She earned her specialty licenses in psychiatryand child psychiatry in 1972. She got married in 1968 and has two daughters.

She began working at the Clarke Institute in 1972. Following the depathologization of homosexuality in 1973, Bradley became a key figure in the creation and promotion of gender identity disorder, especially gender identity disorder in children. In the late seventies, Bradley founded the Child and Adolescent Gender Identity Clinic at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry. In collaboration with her co-author Zucker, she saw over 400 cases of children and adolescents with gender identity disorder and related issues.

She was appointed to a position at the Hospital for Sick Children in 1982. She served as Chief of Psychiatry there from 1988 to 1998. In 1990 she served as Consultant to the Chilean Ministry of Health re Children’s Mental Health Programs.

She also took an Associate Professor position at University of Toronto in 1982, becoming a full professor there in 1997. Bradley was Clinical Director of the Department of Psychiatry from 1984 to 1988 and Psychiatrist-in-Chief and Head of the Division of Child Psychiatry at the University of Toronto from 1988 to 1998.

Bradley served on the American Psychiatric Association DSM-IV Subcommittee on Gender Identity Disorders from 1989 to 1994.[2] She was a member of the American College of Psychiatrists from 1993 to 1995.

Bradley, Zucker, Nicole Beaulieu, Gina Grimshaw, and Anne Wilcox presented at a 2000 sociobiology conference chaired by J. Michael Bailey, the International Behavioral Development Symposium. Their paper was titled "Left-Handedness is Over Represented in Boys with Gender Identity Disorder."

Bradley's research in parenting and evaluation of parenting programs led to her involvement in initiating The Parenting Alliance and the Infant Mental Health Promotion Project. The Council for Early Child Development named Bradley a Community Champion for her work developing the Early Years Centres from 2002 to 2003.

Because her therapeutic intervention for gender identity disorder in children is controversial, a 2007 celebration honoring Bradley's career was crashed by transgender protesters.[3]

Selected publications

* Gender identity disorder and psychosexual problems in children and adolescents, 1996, Guilford Press, ISBN 9780898622669, with Kenneth J. Zucker

* Affect regulation and the development of psychopathology, 2003, Guilford Press ISBN 1572309393


1. Dingfelder, Sadie F. (April 2004). "Gender bender". Monitor on Psychology, Vol. 35, No. 4.

2. Bradley SJ, Blanchard R, Coates SW, Green R, Levine SB, Meyer-Bahlburg HFL, Pauly IB, Zucker KJ (1991). Interim report of the DSM-IV Subcommittee on Gender Identity Disorders. Archives of Sexual Behavior Volume 20, Number 4 / August, 1991

3. Gagnon, Audrey (April 12, 2007). Boys will be girls: Gender identity clinic event disrupted by trans activists. ‘’Xtra!’’

External links

* Susan J. Bradley profile via Hospital for Sick Children