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About Jack

Jack Turban MD MHS is a researcher, medical journalist, and resident physician in child and adolescent psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, where he researches the mental health of transgender youth. He is co-editor of the book Pediatric Gender Identity: Gender-affirming Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth.

Dr. Turban is regularly consulted by the media to comment on issues regarding the mental health of LGBTQ youth. He and his work have been quoted over 100 times for outlets including NPR’s All Things Considered, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, ABC’s 20/20 with Diane Sawyer, The New York Times, NBC News, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Vox, Reuters, GQ, Vogue, CBC, andVanity Fair, among others. He has consulted for the U.S. Department of Defense and major tech companies on issues related to LGBTQ mental health.

Dr. Turban’s original research and opinion pieces have appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Vox, Scientific American, The Hill, STAT, Psychology Today, JAMA PediatricsJAMA Psychiatry, The American Journal of Public Health, and The Journal of The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, among others.

Dr. Turban graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude with a B.A. in neurobiology. He earned his MD and MHS degrees from Yale School of Medicine, where he was an HHMI medical research fellow and graduated with highest honors with an award winning thesis entitled, “Evolving Treatment Paradigms for Transgender Youth.”

He is currently a resident physician in child and adolescent psychiatry at The Massachusetts General Hospital & McLean Hospital (Harvard Medical School). He has several active research projects through The Fenway Institute, The McLean Institute for Technology in Psychiatry, and in collaboration with The U.S. Veteran’s Health Administration and Yale School of Medicine. He is a member of the media committee of The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and the communications council of The American Psychiatric Association.

Latest Pieces

The Coronavirus Pandemic Puts Children at Risk of Online Sexual Exploitation (Scientific American)

Europol and the FBI has issued a warning to parents. that children are at a heightened risk of online sexual exploitation during the coronavirus pandemic. Parents can have quick conversations with their kids to keep them safe.

I want to donate plasma for an experimental Covid-19 treatment. Because of homophobia, I can’t. (Vox)

Dr. Turban discusses the FDA’s rule that prohibits men who have sex with men from donating blood, along with the impact it has on the coronavirus pandemic and LGBTQ mental health.

Bathtub Psychotherapy in the Age of Coronavirus (The Washington Post)

Psychiatrists are still here for you during the coronavirus pandemic, even if it means therapy from your bathtub.

Don’t Listen to Twitter. There Is No Cure for Coronavirus, Yet. (The New York Times)

After Trump tweeted about anti-malarial drugs for coronavirus, there was a huge surge in people trying to get these medications. The results could be deadly.

When Lawmakers Don’t Get Transgender Children (The New York Times)

Politicians in several U.S. states are introducing legislation that would put pediatricians in prison for providing medical care to transgender youth. The medical profession has made it clear: This kind of legislation is dangerous and should not become law. 

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