The Gender Program

Program Director:  Dr Michael Marshall

The Gender Program is an innovative program at the University of Alberta with gender affirming care as its guiding principle. The program offers a multidisciplinary approach to providing and navigating health and mental health care with transgender, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary people (gender minorities). It also has an academic role – with teaching and research at its core.

The Program helps persons across the age spectrum who feel that their assigned gender at birth is misaligned with their lived gender.  The Program provides in depth multi-stage assessment and helps persons to negotiate gender affirming interventions to lead their full comfortable lives.  To achieve this, the program offers assessment, therapy and referrals on to other specialties as necessary and has formed good links with various disciplines including endocrinology and surgery.  It works collaboratively with AHS and AH to achieve those firm links.  The program has a good relationship with professionals in Montreal who perform Gender Affirming Surgery and with Alberta Health Out of Province Special Programs Unit that approves funding for these surgeries. 

We are a point of contact for physicians and other professionals who wish for more information on gender diversity and Gender Dysphoria and information about how to make a safe(r) and comfortable space for persons across the gender spectrum who use their unique services.
The Gender Program currently comprises a psychiatrist, a nurse, a registered provisional psychologist, some therapist and social worker input as well as rotating practicum students.  It currently runs 5 days a week on weekdays.  There are opportunities for individual, couple/polycule, family-based, and group therapy interventions.  The program also offers support for partners and family members via links to community agencies that provide that support.  Its own education series and supports are in development.
The program offers an excellent opportunity for research for health care and allied professionals interested in this field.  It plays a role in the education of learners.  There is the opportunity for electives and we are actively working towards graduate rotations and education and ultimately a fellowship.  The Program welcomes all learners looking to augment their knowledge base in this area.

Your Gender Program Team

Program Director/Psychiatrist: Dr. Michael Marshall

Patient Inquiries
The Gender Program is by referral only
Referrals accepted from Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists and any other health care professionals with PRACIDs
Phone: 780-407-6693
Email: GenderProgram@ahs.ca