Gender & Sexuality Service

Some children identify strongly with peers of the opposite sex or may frequently cross-dress. Others may be exploring their sexual orientation or seeking to understand the sexual or gender identity of their parents or siblings.

The Gender and Sexuality Service at the Child Study Center, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital of New York at NYU Langone, provides evaluations and therapeutic support for children, adolescents, and families dealing with these issues.

We help with behaviors considered at variance with generally accepted gender roles. We also help youth experiencing sexual or gender identity issues and provide assessments for puberty suppression and cross-gendered hormone treatments. We address the psychosocial aspects of disorders of sex development, also known as intersex conditions (congenital genital variations), and co-occurring mental health disorders.


Specific treatment goals are tailored to individuals. They generally focus on supporting the child’s exploration of his or her identity, increasing resilience, and building family and peer support. Treatment goals address self-esteem, school stress, friendships, and family relationships, with an emphasis on building adaptive strategies and coping skills and reducing stigma and bias.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact our care management team at 646-754-5000 or email us at