Walter Bockting and transgender people

Walter Bockting is a Dutch psychologist who has studied transgender health.


Bockting received his doctoral degree in psychology in 1988 from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

From 1988 to 1990, he did a Post-Doctoral Clinical/Research Fellowship in the Program in Human Sexuality at University of Minnesota Medical Schoo’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Hi completed his PhD in 1998.

Bockting was on faculty at the Program in Human Sexuality from 1988 – 2012. During his tenure at PHS, he served as a psychologist, professor, and coordinator of transgender health services. He was also on the graduate faculty of Feminist Studies and a co-founder of the University’s Center for CAH and Disorders of Sex Development.

2006: Fellow, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality

In 2012 he joined the faculty of Columbia University. His research interests include gender identity development, transgender health, sexuality and the Internet, and HIV prevention, and his work has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, and the Minnesota Department of Health.


Bockting is the author of many scientific articles and editor of five books:

  • Gender Dysphoria: Interdisciplinary Approaches in Clinical Management (Haworth Press, 1992)
  • Transgender and HIV: Risks, Prevention, and Care (Haworth Press, 2001)
  • Masturbation as a Means of Achieving Sexual Health (Haworth Press, 2002)
  • Transgender Health and HIV Prevention (Haworth Press, 2005)
  • Guidelines for Transgender Care (The Haworth Press, 2006)

He served as editor of the International Journal of Transgenderism, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Homosexuality. He is past president of the World Professional Organization for Transgender Health, past president and fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, and vice-president of the North American Federation of Sexuality Organizations.

Bockting is a member of WPATH and works at the Gender Clinic at University of Minnesota. Much of his work is on disease and drug use in the transgender community. Bockting has written a review of Bailey’s book scheduled for publication in the near future. Biological reductionism meets gender diversity in human sexuality.


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Bockting, W. O. (2005). Biological reductionism meets gender diversity in human sexuality. [Review of the book The Man Who Would Be Queen: The Science of Gender-Bending and Transsexualism. J. M. Bailey]. Journal of Sex Research, 42(3), 267-270.


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