Varunee Faii Sangganjanavanich PhD

Professor and Interim School Director, The University of Akron

The presenter is a Professor in Counseling and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a supervisor endorsement. As a clinician, she has worked with gender nonconforming, transgender, and transsexual individuals pursuing gender transition. As a scholar, she has authored and coauthored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries on gender identity, gender transition, and transgender issues in counseling. Her recent publications include counseling transgender individuals, career development of transgender individuals, assessment and treatment of gender dysphoria in children and adolescents, as well as affirmative approach in supporting gender transition in gender nonconforming youth. In addition, to promote transgender mental health on behalf of professional counselors, she holds leadership positions on the United States Professional Association for Transgender Health Executive Board and serves on multiple taskforces in the World Professional Association for Transgender Health.