Randi and Fred Ettner Fellowship in Transgender Health

The Randi and Fred Ettner Fellowship in Transgender Health is a two-year program that provides training in the general area of sexual therapy, with a particular emphasis in the area of transgender and non-binary health. This fellowship will focus on expanding access to care and advancing research to better understand, diagnose, and treat transgender and non-binary gender health concerns.

The fellowship will fund postdoctoral fellows who are interested in a career that combines clinical and scholarly endeavors in the area of transgender health.

Fellows in the Program in Human Sexuality with an emphasis in Transgender Health spend 40% of their time conducting research projects under faculty supervision, with a goal of presenting results at a scientific conference or preparing an article for publication. They spend 60% of their time providing clinical care focused on transgender health as well as treating a variety of sexual and gender health conditions, under the supervision of experienced professionals.

The goals for the fellowship program, with a combined 40% research/60% clinical care model are to:

  • Provide up-to-date training in the assessment and treatment of a variety of sexual concerns
  • Provide more in-depth and up-to-date training in the assessment and treatment of gender identity concerns
  • Provide education to medical students, family medicine residents on topics such as sex history taking, basic counseling skills for sexual and gender problems and concerns. 
  • Engage in scholarly activity (40% of your time) that advances skills in research design, analysis, report writing, and presentation in the area of transgender health

Past Fellows

Past Fellows

Nic Rider, PhDNic Rider, Ph.D. was the first Randi and Fred Ettner Postdoctoral Fellow at the Program in Human Sexuality, with research and clinical work focused on transgender health. Dr. Rider’s clinical training has included psychotherapy and assessment experiences in a university counseling center, hospital settings, private practice, community clinic, residential treatment, and juvenile justice settings. Dr. Rider has professional interests in the areas of gender and sexual identity development, intersections of identity, discrimination and microaggressions, sexual trauma/abuse recovery, and social justice advocacy. Dr. Rider is on the executive board for the Asian American Psychological Association’s Division on LGBTQQ Issues and participates in committees advocating for sexual and gender minorities. Dr. Rider received a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Rider is Assistant Professor at the Program in Human Sexuality and Co-Associate Director of Research for the National Center for Gender Spectrum Health. 

Randi and Fred Ettner

Randi and Fred EttnerDr. Randi Ettner is a clinical and forensic psychologist whose practice is located in Evanston, IL. She is a leader in the field of transgender health, an expert witness in Medicare, anti-discrimination laws, parental rights and health care for prisoners. She is a board member for WPATH and chairs their committee for incarcerated persons. Dr. Ettner conducts research and is the author of four books, including a medical and surgical text. She is the president of New Health Foundation Worldwide. She received her Ph.D. in psychology at Northwestern University.

Dr. Frederic M. Ettner MD is a family physician with 36 years of experience including 20 years treating transgender youth and adults. In addition to his practice, he conducts research and teaches medical students. His practice is located in Lincolnwood, IL. Dr. Ettner received his M.D. from The Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.

They have provided initial funding for this fellowship.

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Current Fellow

Ghazel TellawiGhazel Tellawi, PhD, is the current Randi and Fred Ettner Postdoctoral Fellow in Transgender Health. Dr. Tellawi received clinical training in psychotherapy and assessment in a variety of settings, including a university counseling center, hospital settings, private practice, and a university clinic that served both students and members of the community. She has clinical interests in the following areas: sexual and gender identity, the role that microaggressions play in the experiences of LGBTQ individuals, and sources of coping and resilience in LGBTQ individuals.