Dr. Sevelius (they/them) is a clinical psychologist, behavioral health researcher, and intervention scientist leading an extensive portfolio of NIH-funded studies engaging transgender and gender expansive individuals and communities. Dr. Sevelius developed the Model of Gender Affirmation, the first trans-specific conceptual model that aims to elucidate the role of gender affirmation on health-related behaviors and outcomes.
To date, Dr. Sevelius' research has focused on developing, testing, and disseminating peer-led interventions to promote sexual health and resilience among transgender people. These community-based HIV prevention and treatment programs focus primarily on serving transgender women of color in New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area, and in São Paulo, Brazil. Most recently, Dr. Sevelius’ research and clinical work has expanded to include psychedelic-assisted therapies for identity-based trauma.
Dr. Sevelius is also a dedicated mentor of early-stage investigators, with a focus on those with backgrounds and identities that are under-represented in academic medicine. They are a passionate advocate for transforming academic institutions to create environments where diversity is truly celebrated, equity is non-negotiable, and inclusion follows naturally from a culture of belonging.
Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated
- Gender Dysphoria
- LGBTQ Mental Health
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Women's Mental Health
- Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry)
- NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
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- Behavioral Health (Columbia University Employee Plan)
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- World Trade Center Health Plan
Credentials & Experience
Education & Training
- University of Missouri - St. Louis
- Internship: University of Oregon
- Fellowship: University of California, San Francisco
Stauffer CS, Brown MR, Adams D, Cassity M, Sevelius J. MDMA-assisted psychotherapy: Inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people in the frontiers of PTSD treatment trials. Frontiers in Psychiatry. 2022 Oct 10;13:932605. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2022.932605. PMID: 36299539; PMCID: PMC9589439.
Sevelius JM, Dilworth SE, Reback CJ, Chakravarty D, Castro D, Johnson MO, McCree B, Jackson A, Mata RP, Neilands TB. Randomized Controlled Trial of Healthy Divas: A Gender-Affirming, Peer-Delivered Intervention to Improve HIV Care Engagement Among Transgender Women Living With HIV. JAIDS: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. 2022 08 15; 90(5):508-516. PMID: 35502891; PMCID: PMC9259040.
Sevelius JM, Glidden DV, Deutsch M, Welborn L, Contreras A, Salinas A, Venegas L, Grant RM. Uptake, Retention, and Adherence to Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in TRIUMPH: A Peer-Led PrEP Demonstration Project for Transgender Communities in Oakland and Sacramento, California. JAIDS: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. 2021 12 15; 88(S1):S27-S38. PMID: 34757990; PMCID: PMC8579996.
Sevelius JM, Castro DA, Warri V, Moreta Avila L, Chakravarty D, Zamudio-Haas S, Kramer K, Monico Klein K, Zack B. Adapting and Implementing an Evidence-Based Reentry Intervention for Incarcerated Transgender Women: Lessons Learned. Journal of Correctional Health Care. 2023 Jan 02. PMID: 36595355.
Sevelius JM, Murray LR, Martinez Fernandes N, Veras MA, Grinsztejn B, Lippman SA. Optimising HIV programming for transgender women in Brazil. Culture, Health, and Sexuality. 2019 05; 21(5):543-558. PMID: 30378463; PMCID: PMC6483864.
Sevelius JM. Gender Affirmation: A Framework for Conceptualizing Risk Behavior among Transgender Women of Color. Sex Roles. 2013 Jun 01; 68(11-12):675-689. PMID: 23729971; PMCID: PMC3667985.