Walter Bockting, PhD

Expertise in: 
Psychology, Child Psychiatry / Psychology
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Overview

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

Psychology, Child Psychiatry / Psychology, LGBT Mental Health, Gay/Lesbian Counseling, Hysteroscopy, Leukemia, Psychosomatic Medicine, Sexual Behavior Disorder, Sexual Dysfunctions Counseling, Sexual Orientation Issues, Sexual Development, Identity Disorders, Gender Identity

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry and Nursing)

Administrative Titles

  • Co-Director, LGBT Health Initiative Division of Gender, Sexuality

Dr. Bockting is a Clinical Psychologist and Co-Director of the Initiative for LGBT Health at the New York State Psychiatric Institute / Columbia University Psychiatry with the Columbia School of Nursing. His research interests are in LGBT health, sexual and gender identity development, Internet research methods, HIV prevention, and the promotion of sexual health. His research has been funded by the American Foundation for AIDS Research and the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Bockting is an internationally known expert in the assessment and treatment of gender dysphoria as well as in general mental health and psychosocial adjustment of transsexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming children, adolescents, adults, and their families. He is widely published and is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Transgenderism. Dr. Bockting is past president of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health and a past president and Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. In 2010-2011, Dr. Bockting served on the Institute of Medicine Committee of the National Academies whose work culminated in the IOM Report on the Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding. Dr. Bockting's work at CUMC focuses on combining research, clinical practice, education, and public policy to promote LGBT health locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Gender

  • Male

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Phone Appointments

New and Existing Patients:
646-774-6937

Location(s)

CUMC/Herbert Pardes Building of the New York State Psychiatric Institute
1051 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10032
Primary
CUMC/Neurological Institute of New York
710 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032
New Patient Appointments:
212-305-9758

Insurance Accepted

Aetna

  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NY Signature
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Signature Administrators
  • Student Health

Coventry Health Care

  • Coventry Health Care

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Blue Access (Exchange)
  • EPO
  • Gatekeeper (Exchange)
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Pathway (Exchange)
  • POS
  • PPO

MagnaCare

  • MagnaCare

UnitedHealthcare

  • Behavioral Health
  • Behavioral Health Columbia University Employee Plan
  • Medicaid Behavioral Health

*Please contact the provider’s office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • PhD, Vrije Universiteit

Honors & Awards

  • 2011: University Innovations, in appreciation of commitment to research and innovation at the University of Minnesota
  • 2006: Fellow, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality
  • 1996: Helping Professional of the Year, City of Lakes Crossgender Community
  • 1988: Post-Doctoral Clinical/Research Fellowship, Program in Human Sexuality, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota Medical School, 1988-1990

Research

Dr. Bockting research interests are in LGBT health, sexual and gender identity development, Internet research methods, HIV prevention, and the promotion of sexual health. His research has been funded by the American Foundation for AIDS Research and the National Institutes of Health.

He is the Principal Investigator of an NIH funded study that developed and evaluated an Internet-based HIV prevention and health promotion intervention for the U.S. transgender population. He is also co-investigator of several studies focusing on vulnerable subgroups of the trangender population in New York, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Mumbai, India. At CUMC, Dr. Bockting collaborates on research on staph infections among men who have sex with men and on a community survey of residents in Washington Heights and Inwoods. In the Spring of 2014, Dr. Bockting will launch a new study on transgender identity development, implemented simultaneously in New York City and San Francisco.

Research Interests

  • LGBT health
  • Sexual health
  • Transgender-specific health care
  • HIV prevention research
  • Internet research
  • Gender identity and sexual development

Grants

PRECISION IN SYMPTOM SELF-MANAGEMENT (PRISSM) CENTER (Federal Gov)

Aug 16 2016 - May 31 2021

LGBT ACCESS TO CARE PROGRAM (Private)

Jan 1 2018 - Dec 31 2020

NURSE EDUCATION, PRACTICE, QUALITY, AND RETENTION INTERPROFESSIONAL COLLBORATIVE PRACTICE (Federal Gov)

Jul 1 2016 - Jun 30 2020

THE STUDY OF LGBT HEALTH (Private)

Apr 1 2018 - Mar 31 2020

TRANSGENDER PEOPLE IN THE WORKFORCE BUILDING CAPACITY TO INCREASE EMPLOYMENT (Private)

Jan 1 2018 - Dec 31 2019

STUDY OF YOUNG TRANSGENDER PERSONS AND HOW SCHOOLS AND OTHER SUPPORT SYSTEMS CAN EASE THEIR COMPLEX SITUATIONS (Private)

Jul 1 2018 - Jun 30 2019

TRANSGENDER IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT AND HIV: VULNERABILITY, RISK, AND RESILIENCE (Private)

Jan 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017

TRANSGENDER IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT AND HIV: VULNERABILITY, RISK, AND RESILIENCE (Private)

Oct 1 2015 - Sep 30 2017

NURSE EDUCATION, PRACTICE, QUALITY, AND RETENTION - INTERPROFESSIONAL COLBORATIVE PRACTICE (Federal Gov)

Jul 1 2014 - Jun 30 2017

TRANSGENDER IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT AND HIV: VULNERABILITY, RISK, AND RESILIENCE (Private)

Jan 1 2016 - Dec 31 2016

TRANSGENDER IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT AND HIV: VULNERABILITY, RISK, AND RESILIENCE (Private)

Jul 1 2015 - Jun 30 2016

LGBT CORE SUPPORT (Private)

Jul 1 2015 - Jun 30 2016

IDENTITY STRESS AND HEALTH IN THREE COHORTS OF LGB INDIVIDUALS (Federal Gov)

Sep 4 2014 - May 31 2016

WICER 4U (Federal Gov)

Sep 30 2013 - Sep 30 2015

TRANSGENDER IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT AND HIV: VULNERABILITY, RISK, AND RESILIENCE (Private)

Apr 1 2014 - Mar 31 2015

TRANSGENDER IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT AND HIV: VULNERABLITITY, RISK AND RESILIENCE (Private)

Mar 7 2014 - Mar 6 2015

TRANSGENDER IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT AND HIV: VULNERABILITY, RISK AND RESILIENCE (Private)

Jan 1 2014 - Dec 31 2014

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS INITIATIVE COMMUNITY-BASED COMPARATIVE EFFECTIVENESS RESEARCH (WICER) (Federal Gov)

Sep 30 2010 - Sep 29 2013

GENDER IDENTITY AND HIV RISK II (Federal Gov)

Oct 1 2012 - Jan 31 2013

Selected Publications

  • Bockting, W. O., Miner, M. H., Swinburne Romine, R. E., Hamilton, A., & Coleman, E. (2013). Stigma, mental health, and resilience among an online sample of the U.S. transgender population. American Journal of Public Health.
  • Nuttbrock, L., Bockting, W., Rosenblum, A., Hwahng, S., Mason, M., Macri, M., & Becker, J. (2013). Gender abuse, depressive symptoms and HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections among male-to-female transgender persons: A three year prospective study. American Journal of Public Health, 103(2), 300-307.
  • Grey, J. A., Robinson, B. E., Coleman, E., & Bockting, W. O. (in press). A Systematic Review of Instruments that Measure Attitudes toward Homosexual Men. Journal of Sex Research.
  • Gonzalez, C. A., & Bockting, W. O., Beckman, L., & Durán, R. E. (2012). Agentic and communal personality traits: Their associations with depression and resilience among transgender women. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 67(9-10), 528-543.
  • Coleman, E., Bockting, W., Botzer, M., Cohen-Kettenis, P., DeCuypere, G., Feldman, J., Fraser, L., Green, J., Knudson, G., Meyer, W., Monstrey, S., Adler, R., Brown, G., Devor, A., Ehrbar, R., Ettner, R., Eyler, E., Garofalo, R., Karasic, D., Lev, A.I ., Mayer, G., Meyer-Bahlburg, H., Hall, B. P., Pfaefflin, F., Rachlin, K., Robinson, B., Schechter, L., Tangpricha, V., van Trotsenburg, M., Vitale, A., Winter, S., Whittle, S., Wylie, K., & Zucker, K. (2012). Standards of care for the health of transsexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming people, 7th version. International Journal of Transgenderism, 13(4).
  • Zamboni, B. D., Robinson, B. E., & Bockting, W. O. (2011) HIV status and coming out among African-American gay/bisexual men. Journal of Bisexuality, 11(1), 74-84.
  • Bockting, W. O., Benner, A., & Coleman, E. (2009). Gay and bisexual identity development among female-to-male transsexuals in North America: Emergence of a transgender sexuality. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 38(5), 688-701.
  • Bockting, W. (2008). Psychotherapy and the real-life experience: From gender dichotomy to gender diversity. Sexologies, 17(4), 211-224.
  • Bockting, W. O., Miner, M., & Rosser, B. R. S. (2007). Latino men’s sexual behavior with transgender persons. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 36(6), 778-786.
  • Bockting, W. O., Robinson, B. E., Forberg, J. B., & Scheltema, K. (2005). Evaluation of a sexual health approach to reducing HIV/STD risk in the transgender community. AIDS Care, 17(3), 289-303