Jack Lewis Turban III (born December 13, 1989) is an American psychiatrist who specializes in transgender and gender diverse youth. His research has demonstrated that the affirmative model of care is the best and safest model, and he proposes outlawing gender identity change efforts through “therapy.”


Turban earned a bachelor’s degree in neurobiology from Harvard University. He then attended Yale University, earning his medical degree and a master’s degree in health science. He became a Medical Research Fellow at Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 2015, then became a Resident Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2017.


Jack Turban, Noor Beckwith, Sari Reisner, Alex Keuroghlian. Association Between Recalled Exposure to Gender Identity Conversion Efforts and Psychological Distress and Suicide Attempts Among Transgender Adults. JAMA Psychiatry, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2019.2285

Jack Turban, Dana King, Sari Reisner, Alex Keuroghlian. Psychological Attempts to Change a Person’s Gender Identity From Transgender to Cisgender: Estimated Prevalence Across US States, 2015. American Journal of Public Health, 2019. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2019.305237

Jack Turban, Jeremi Carswell, Alex Keuroghlian. Understanding Pediatric Patients Who Discontinue Gender-Affirming Hormonal Interventions. JAMA Pediatrics, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.1817

Jack Turban, Alex Keuroghlian. Dynamic Gender Presentations: Understanding Transition and “Detransition” among Transgender Youth. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 2018.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaac.2018.03.016

Jack Turban. Potentially Reversible Social Deficits among Transgender Youth. Journal of Autism & Developmental Disorders, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-018-3603-0

Jack Turban, Shervin Shadianloo. Transgender and gender non-conforming youth. IACAPAP e-Textbook of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Geneva: International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions, 2018. 10.1176/appi.ajp.2017.17030361 https://iacapap.org/iacapap-textbook-of-child-and-adolescent-mental-health/

Jack Turban, Gerrit van Schalkwyk. “Gender Dysphoria” and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Is the Link Real? Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaac.2017.08.017

Jack Turban, Diane Ehrensaft. Research Review: Gender identity in youth: treatment paradigms and controversies. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1111/jcpp.12833

Jack Turban, Joel Winer, Susan Boulware, Timothy VanDeusen, John Encandela. Knowledge and attitudes toward transgender health. Clinical Teacher, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1111/tct.12738 

Jack Turban, Annelou deVries, Kenneth Zucker. Gender Incongruence & Gender Dysphoria. Lewis’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: A Comprehensive Textbook, 5th Ed. Philadelphia: JB Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2017.

Jack Turban, Tony Ferraiolo, Andres Martin, Christy Olezeski. Ten Things Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth Want Their Doctors to Know. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaac.2016.12.015

Jack Turban. Transgender Youth: The Building Evidence Base for Early Social Transition. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaac.2016.11.008

Jack Turban, Andrés Martin. Becoming Nicole. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaac.2016.10.010

Jack Turban, Marc Potenza, Rani Hoff, Shane Kraus. Psychiatric Disorders, Suicidal Ideation, and Sexually Transmitted Infections among Post-deployment Veterans Who Utilize Digital Social Media for Sexual Partner Seeking. Addictive Behaviors, 2016. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.11.015

Jack Turban*, Alex Lu*, Eyiyemisi Damisah, Tore Eid, Alexander Vortmeyer, Veronica Chiang. Novel biomarker identification using metabolomic profiling to differentiate radiation necrosis and recurrent tumor following Gamma Knife radiosurgery. Journal of Neurosurgery, 2016. https://doi.org/10.3171/2016.8.JNS161395

Judith Kempfle, Jack Turban, Albert Edge. Sox2 in the differentiation of cochlear progenitor cells. Scientific Reports, 2016. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep23293


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