Heino F. Meyer-Bahlburg, PhD

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Primary Clinical Focus: Intersexuality / Disorders of sex development in children, adolescents, and adults; gender variants / gender dysphoria in children and adolescents.

Primary Research Interests: Developmental psychobiology of gender and sexuality; intersexuality / disorders of sex development; gender dysphoria; sexual risk behavior; assessment of gender and sexuality.

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry)

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center


  • Male

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • University of Dusseldorf, Germany
  • Internship: New York State Psychiatric Institute


(1) Adverse cognitive and behavioral side effects of prenatal dexamethasone exposure. (2) Stigma experience and anticipation in persons with somatic disorders of sex development (DSD). (3) The effects of biological factors (prenatal hormones, genes), medical treatments (prenatal and postnatal glucocorticoids, postnatal sex hormones), gender assignment, and rearing conditions on the development of gender-related behavior, sexual orientation, and gender identity in DSD. (4) The effect of genital ambiguity and genital surgery on later sexual functioning in 46,XX congenital adrenal hyperplasia. (5) Gender dysphoria in children and adolescents related to brain imaging findings. (6) Development of assessment methods of gender identity, infant orientation, sexual functioning, and psychosocial stigma in DSD.

Research Interests

  • Assessment of gender and sexuality
  • Developmental psychobiology of gender and sexuality
  • Gender identity disorders
  • Intersexuality / Disorders of Sex development
  • Sexual risk behavior

Selected Publications

  • Meyer-Bahlburg HFL: Psychoendocrinology of congenital adrenal hyperplasia. In: New MI et al. (Eds.), Genetic Steroid Disorders., Academic Preess/Elsevier, San Diego, CA, USA, 2014
  • Meyer-Bahlburg HFL: Sex steroids and variants of gender identity.. Endocrinology & Metabolism Clinics of North America 2013;42:435-452
  • Meyer-Bahlburg HFL, Dolezal C, Haggerty R, SiLverman M, New MI: Cognitive outcome of offspring from dexamethasone-treated pregnancies at risk for congenital adrenal hyperplasia due to 21-hydroxylase deficiency.. European Journal of Endocrinology 2012;167:103-110
  • Meyer-Bahlburg HFL, Dolezal C, Johnson LL, Kessler SJ, Schober JM, Zucker KJ: Development and validation of the Pregnancy and Infant Orientation Questionnaire.. Journal of Sex Research 2010;47:598-610
  • Meyer-Bahlburg HFL: From mental disorder to iatrogenic hypogonadism - Dilemmas in conceptualizing gender identity variants as psychiatric conditions.. Archives of Sexual Behavior 2010;39:461-476