Aron C. Janssen, MD

  • Specialty: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 646-754-5000

About Me

I was always interested in science and problem solving, but I felt that the human aspect of hard science was often missing. I wanted to work in a field where I could help give a voice to people who didn’t have one.

After working for some time in an LGBT clinic in Chicago, I was inspired to become a physician. However, I found myself wanting to know more about people than I could discover from a quick clinical appointment. I loved having the opportunity to hear people’s stories, and I quickly realized that this is something psychiatry—especially child psychiatry—would let me focus on.

I am currently the director of the Gender and Sexuality Service at NYU Langone’s Child Study Center, a service I began several years ago with the goal of improving treatment outcomes for transgender and gender nonconforming children, adolescents, and adults. Through the clinical service, I provide personalized gender assessments and individual and family therapy, as well as school consultations and professional development. It’s quite a unique program, and I am fortunate to be one of the few child psychiatrists in this city that has the opportunity to do this work.

I also run a consulting service at NYU Langone for children with medical conditions who are in need of psychiatric help. In this service and in my practice, I work closely with patients and their families, as well as a team of psychiatrists and psychologists who work together to ensure that best practices are followed and patients receive compassionate care.

In my practice, the child always comes first. This is especially important during gender therapy. I follow a very affirmative model of care. My job and goal are to allow children to be themselves, to find their own strengths, and to use their own voice.

I am currently participating in several research projects. As a member of a research collaborative—the Adolescent Gender Identity Research Group—I work with other investigators in Amsterdam, London, Toronto, and other places to collect information on transgender youth in an effort to better understand their needs. I am also studying the impact of care for children with co-occurring gender dysphoria and psychiatric disorders.


Conditions and Treatments

grief counseling, disruptive behavior disorder, bereavement counselling, mood disorder, sexuality, anxiety disorder, gender dysphoria, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Credentials

Positions
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Child & Adolescent Psychiatry), 2013
  • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology - Psychiatry, 2011
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, NYU Medical Center, Psychiatry, 2011
  • MD from University Of Colorado, 2006

Locations and Appointments

3 Insurance Plans Accepted
  • HealthSmart (WTC)
  • Medicare
  • UnitedHealthcare Top Tier
*Insurance listed above may not be accepted at all office locations. Please confirm prior to each visit. The information presented here may not be complete or may have been changed.
NYU Child Study Center

1 Park Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10016

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My Research

Publications

  • Gender Variance Among Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Retrospective Chart Review

    Janssen, Aron; Huang, Howard; Duncan, Christina
    Transgender health. 2016. 1 (1): 63-68

  • Gender Dysphoria and Co-Occurring Autism Spectrum Disorders: Review, Case Examples, and Treatment Considerations

    Jacobs, Laura A; Rachlin, Katherine, Erickson-Schroth, Laura; Janssen, Aron
    LGBT health. 2014 Aug. 15. 1 (4): 277-282

  • Not by Convention: Working with People on the Sexual & Gender Continuum

    Liaw, Karen Ron-Li; Janssen, Aron
    IN: The Massachusetts General Hospital textbook on diversity and cultural sensitivity in mental health. New York, NY : Springer New York, 2014. p.89-117. (Current Clinical Psychiatry) (846252)

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