Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD is an Adolescent Medicine physician specializing in the care of gender non-conforming children and transgender youth. Board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Dr. Olson-Kennedy has been providing medical intervention for transgender youth and young adults including puberty suppression and cross sex hormones for the past eleven years, and is considered a national expert in this area. Dr. Olson-Kennedy is the Medical Director of The Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, the largest transgender youth clinic in the United States. She also spearheads a rigorous research program that seeks to understand the trans experience from childhood through early adulthood. Dr. Olson-Kennedy has appeared frequently on national television, and spoken all over the country to educate providers, parents, and other communities about the needs of transgender youth.
Linda A Hawkins, PhD, MSEd, LPC is the Founder and Co-Director of the Gender & Sexuality Development Clinic at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She has over 20 years of experience working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and/or Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) children, youth and families. And, 18 years of experience in addressing mental health care needs of children, youth and families within health care settings. Dr. Hawkins provides consultation, training and coaching for medical teams to determine culturally competent ways to collaborate with LGBTQ patients and families. Since 2014, Dr. Hawkins trained over 10,000 employees on improving the LGBTQ patient and family experience at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Dr. Hawkins is an Associate Adjunct Professor at Widener University at the Center for Sexuality Studies and was awarded the annual Pride Award for Teaching & Leadership in the Field of Sexuality in the Fall of 2015. In 2018, Dr. Hawkins founded the Advanced Training Program in Transgender Mental Health which is a year-long intensive training for mental health providers to increase their knowledge and skills to better support their transgender, gender non-binary and gender expansive clients.