Arlene Lev, CV

Curriculum Vitae



  • M.S.W., 1986–S.U.N.Y. at Albany, School of Social Welfare, Albany, NY.
  • B.A. in Sociology, minor in Women’s Studies, 1979, S.U.N.Y. at Binghamton, NY.
  • A.S. in Social Science, minor in Minority Studies, 1977, Herkimer County Community College, Herkimer, NY.




  • Licensed Certified Social Worker [L.C.S.W.], l986 (C), 1997(R), 2005 (LCSW) State of New York (R-034680).
  • Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor [C.A.S.A.C], 1988, NYS.
  • Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor [C.A.D.C.], 2008, NYS.


Academic Positions


  • University at Albany, School of Social Welfare, Lecturer, Albany, New York, 1988 – present.
  • Empire College, Adjunct Faculty, Distance Learning, 2008 – present.
  • Smith College, School for Social Work, Lecturer, Northampton, Massachusetts, Summer 2012-2014.
  • Rockway Institute, California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Lecturer (Lesbian Track), San Francisco, California, Fall 2012 – present.
  • Vermont College of the Union Institute and University, Adjunct Faculty, Distance Learning, 1998 to 2007.


Professional Experience


  • Choices Counseling and Consulting, Founder and Clinical Director, Albany, New York (1986 to present).
  • The Training Institute for Gender, Relationships, Identity, and Sexuality [TIGRIS], Founder, and Director, Albany, New York (2010-present).
  • Pride Center of the Capital Region, Clinical Field Supervisor, Albany, New York (2007- present).
  • Project Manager, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity [SOGI] Project Planning Committee, University at Albany, School of Social Welfare (2009 – present).
  • Curricula Development, Governors Office of Employee Relationships, State of New York, (2010 – 2012).
  • Rainbow Access Initiative, Albany, New York: Founder & Project Manager (2000 – 2004), Lead Trainer and Consultant (2000- 2008).


Community Service


  • Conference Co-Chair, Provider’s Day, Empire Conference, Albany, New York, April 27, 2013.
  • Member, Program Committee, American Family Therapy Academy, 2012.
  • Member, Program Committee, American Family Therapy Academy, 2013.
  • Program Chair, American Family Therapy Academy, Annual Meeting: Sex, Gender and Cyberspace: Expanding the Vision of Family Therapy, Baltimore, Maryland, 2011.
  • Member, LGBTQI Concerns Advisory Committee, University at Albany, (2009 – present).
  • Member, LGBTQI Concerns Advisory Committee, Sub Committee Training (2011).
  • Member, Standards of Care Committee, World Professional Association of Transgender Health (2009 – present).
  • Member, Membership Committee, World Professional Association of Transgender Health. (2011 – present).
  • Member, Advisory Committee, A Longitudinal Study of Transgender/Gender-Variant Youth and Their Families, Department of Family Studies and Social Work, Miami University, (2009 – present).
  • Member, Dissertation Committee, Karen Scarpella, Understanding the Experience of Male- to-Female Transsexuals in a Therapeutic Relationship, University of Denver (2008 –2010).
  • Member, Dissertation Committee, Jordon Downing, Transgender Identity Construction: Intersections of Gender and Sexuality, Clark University, Worchester, MA, (2010 – present).




  • Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Transgenderism (2007 – present).
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of GLBT Family Studies (2006 – present).
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Lesbian Studies (2009 – 2012).
  • Member, National Association of Social Workers [N.A.S.W.] (1986 – present).
  • Member, World Professional Association of Trans-Health (WPATH) (2000 – present).
  • Member (Associate), Division 44, American Psychological Association [APA] (2002 – present)
  • Member, American Family Therapy Academy [AFTA] (2006 – present).
  • Member, Advisory Board, Lesbian and Gay Family Building Project (2000 – present).
  • Member, National Advisory Council, Sexual Orientation and Gender Institute, Center on Halsted, (2007 – 2009).
  • Member, Medical Advisory Board, Intersex Society of North America (2006 – 2008).
  • Board Member, Family Pride Coalition (2003 – 2006).
  • Chair, National Association of Social Workers [N.A.S.W.], New York State Chapter, Lesbian and Gay Issues Committee (1986 – 1994).
  • Contributing Editor, In the Family Magazine Board, (2004 – 2005).




  • 2014 President’s Awards for Exemplary Community Engagement, University at Albany, 2014
  • Innovative Contribution to Family Therapy, American Family Therapy Academy, 2013
  • Ally Award, Freedom Center for Social Justice, TransFaith in Color Conference, 2011
  • Departmental Diversity Award, for the School of Social Welfare, University at Albany for the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Project, Lavender Graduation, 2011
  • Unsung Hero Award from the University at Albany, Lavender Graduation, 2010
  • Community Service Award, Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Council, 2010
  • Transgender Emergence won The American Psychological Association, Division 44, as Distinguished Book of the Year, 2006
  • Transgender Emergence chosen by The Society for Sex Therapy and Research as Book of Special Merit, 2006
  • Positive Difference Award, The Office of Learning Disabled Students Services Department of Student Life, University at Albany, 2003





  • Transgender Emergence: Counseling Gender-Variant People and their Families. NY: Haworth Clinical Practice Press/Taylor and Francis, 2004.
  • The Complete Lesbian and Gay Parenting Guide. NY: Berkley/Penguin Press, 2004.


Book Chapters (selected)

  • Lev, A.I. (2014). Understanding transgender identities and exploring sexuality and desire. In Allez, G.H.(Ed). Sexual Diversity and Sexual Offending. Research, Assessment and Clinical Treatment in Psychosexual Therapy. London: Karnac.
  • Lev, A.I. (2015). Resilience in Lesbian and Gay Couples. In K. Skerrett, K. & k. Fergus (Eds.). Couple resilience across the lifespan: Emerging perspectives. New York: Springer Press.
  • Lev, A.I., & Sennott, S. (2013). Clinical Work with LGBT Parents and Prospective Parents in LGBT-Parent Families: Possibilities for New Research and Implications for Practice, In Abbie E. Goldberg and Katherine R. Allen (Eds). NY: Springer Press.
  • Lev, A.I. & Sennott, S. (2012). Trans-sexual Desire in Different Gendered Bodies. In J.J. Bigner & J.L. Wetchler (Eds.), Handbook of LGBT-Affirmative Couple and Family Therapy.NY: Taylor & Francis.
  • Lev, A.I., & Sennott, S. (2012). Understanding Gender Nonconformity and Transgender Identity: A Sex Positive Approach, In P. Kleinplatt’s (Ed.) New Directions in Sex Therapy (2nd Edition), NY: Routledge Press.
  • Kleinplatz, P.J., Moser, C., & Lev, A. I (in press). Sex and Gender Identity Disorders In G. Stricker & Tom Widiger, (Eds.), Clinical Psychology (Vol. 8) Handbook of Psychology (2nd Edition). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons.
  • Lev, A.I, & Alie, L. (2012). Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Children and Youth: Developing Culturally Competent Systems of Care In S.K. Fisher, J.M. Poirier. & G.M.Blau, (Eds.) Improving Emotional and Behavioral Outcomes for LGBT Youth: A Guide for Professionals. Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing Company.
  • Lev, A.I (2007). Understanding Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: The need for education in servicing victims of trauma. Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence, (Ed.) Nicky Ali Jackson, Ph.D. NY: Routledge.
  • Lev, A.I. (2006). Transgender Communities: Developing Identity through Connection In Bieschke, K., Perez, R. & DeBord, K. (Eds.). Handbook of Counseling and Psychotherapy with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients (2nd Edition.). American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C., 147-175.
  • Lev, A.I. (2006). Transgender Emergence within Families. Sexual orientation and gender identity in social work practice. Morrow, D.F, & Messinger, L. (Eds.) NY: Columbia University Press, 263-283.
  • Lev, A. Lev, S. (1999). Sexual Assault in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered communities In. Joan C. McClennen and J. Gunther (Eds.) A Professional Guide to Understanding Gay and Lesbian Domestic Violence: Understanding Practice Interventions. Lewiston NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 35-62.
  • Istar, A. Couple Assessment: Identifying and Intervening in Domestic Violence in Lesbian Relationships, in Violence in Lesbian and Gay Partnerships, Claire Renzetti and Charles Harvey Miley (Eds.) Haworth Press: NY, 93-106, 1996. [Monograph also published in journal format.]


Journal Articles and other Publications (selected)

  • Lev, A.I. (2013). Gender Dysphoria: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back. Clinical Social Work Journal, 41 (2), 288-296, July.
  • 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. (2011). Standards of Care for the health of transsexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming people, 7th Version, International Journal of Transgenderism.
  • Tasker, F., Buxton, A.P., Fedewa, A., Goldberg, A., Gottlieb, A., Green, R-J., LaSala, M., Lev, A.I, Lynch, J., Tunnell, G. & Wetchler, J.L. (2011): Jerry J. Bigner: A Tribute to the Founding Editor of the Journal of GLBT Family Studies , Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 7:5, 419-422.
  • Rachlin, K. & Lev, A.I. (2011). Challenging Cases for Experienced Therapists, Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 15:1–20.
  • Lev, A., Winters, K., Alie, L., Ansara, Y., Deutsch, M., Dickey, L., Ehrbar, R., Ehrensaft, D., Green, J., Meier, S., Richmond, K., Samons, S., Susset, F., (2010). “Response to Proposed DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria,” Professionals Concerned with Gender Diagnoses in the DSM,
  • Lev, A.I. (2010). How queer – the development of gender identity and sexual orientation in LGBTQ-headed families. Family Process, 49 (2), 268-290.
  • Lev, A.I. (2010). A review of “Gay and lesbian parents and their children: Research on the family life cycle; Who’s your daddy? And other writings on queer parenting; Becoming parent: Lesbians, gay men, and family.” Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 6, 341–348.
  • Lev, A.I. (2009). The ten tasks of the mental health provider: Recommendations for revision of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s Standards of Care. International Journal of Transgenderism, 11 (2), 74-99.
  • Lev, A.I. (2008). More than surface tension: Femmes in families. Journal of Lesbian Studies, 12(2–3).
  • Lev, A.I. (2006). Intersexuality in the family: An unacknowledged trauma. The Journal of Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy, (Eds. Vernon A. Rosario & Jack Drescher), 10(1), 27-56.
  • Lev, A.I. (2006). Gay Dads: Choosing surrogacy. The British Psychological Society Lesbian and Gay Psychology Review, 7 (1), 72-76.
  • Lev, A.I. (2005). Disordering Gender Identity: Gender Identity Disorder in the DSM-IV-TR.
    The Journal of Psychology and Human Sexuality, 17 (3/4), 2005.





  • Evaluating Trans Clients for Hormones: Assessment, Letter-Writing, and Collaboration with Physicians. November 22, 2013.
  • Webinar, Pride and Joy Families, Gender in LGBTQ Families, January 18, 2012.
  • Webinar, Pride and Joy Families, Talking with Children in LGBTQ Families about their Origins across Developmental Stages, March 7, 2012.


Keynotes and All Day Trainings (selected)

  • All Day Training, Mental Health Resource and Education Network, LGBTQ Issues in Therapy: A New Frontier, Ashland, Oregon, May 17, 2013.
  • All Day Training, Mental Health Evidence-Based Practice Project for Children, Youth and Families, School of Social Work, The State University of New York, Working with LGBTQ Clients Dealing with Trauma, Buffalo, New York, October 11, 2013.
  • All Day Training, Women’s Therapy Center, All in the Family: Gender Transitions throughout the Lifecycle, Berkeley, California, May 11, 2013.
  • All Day Training, Unitarian Universalist Church, Understanding Trans/Gender: Creating a Welcoming Community, Oneonta, New York, March 10, 2013.
  • Keynote, Gold Rush Conference, Envisioning a World of Gender Freedom, Denver, Colorado, March 24, 2012.
  • Keynote, Empire Conference, Gender Expression and Diversity in Children and Youth, Albany, New York, April 13, 2012.
  • Keynote: Northeast LGBT Conference, Provider’s Day, Fostering Leadership in LGBTQ Students, Albany, New York, March 31, 2012.
  • Full Day Training, Plattsburgh Behavioral Health Services, Gender Non-Conforming Children and Transgender Youth, Plattsburgh, NY, September 16, 2011.
  • Keynote, Empire Conference, Gender Comes of Age, Albany, NY, May 7, 2011.
  • Workshop, Ackerman Institute Annual Spring Conference, Gender Variance in Families: A Family Systems Approach, New York City, May 15, 2009.
  • Full Day Training, Northeast Parent and Child Society, Clinician’s Training Day, Structural Family Therapy, Schenectady, New York, October 31, 2008.
  • Keynote Speaker, Dimensions X Conference: A Decade of Caring for Queer Youth, Working with Families of LGBTQIQ Youth, San Francisco, California, September 26, 2008.
  • Plenary Speaker, American Family Therapy Academy, Family Therapy’s Forgotten Bonds,
    Transgender Emergence, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 19, 2008.
  • Keynote Speaker, Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health, Supporting Partners of Trans People, Toronto, Canada, June 27, 2008.
  • Lunch and Learn Speaker, Series presented by the Lesbian and Gay Family Building Project, Same-Sex Parenting: Kingston, NY, April 25; Ithaca, NY, May 2; Utica, NY, May 16; Rochester, NY, November 16; and Albany, NY, December 7, 2008.
  • All Day Training, Human Rights Campaign “All Children—All Families,” Transgender Families for Adoption Specialists, Washington, D.C., July 13, 2008.
  • Speaker, Department of Social Work at Monmouth University, Inaugural Greta Singer Lecture in Clinical Social Work, Contemporary Clinical Practice with People who are Transgendered, West Long Beach, New Jersey, April 11, 2008.
  • Trainer, The New England Gender Conference: For Therapists and Healthcare Providers, Advanced Clinical Issues, Couple and Family Issues, Northampton, Massachusetts, February 2, 2007.
  • Keynote Speaker, Pink Therapy, 2nd Biennial Conference, London, U.K., Intimate Affairs: Sexual Minorities and Relationships, Transgender Emergence: Transgender, Transsexual, and Gender-Nonconforming issues through a Family Systems Lens, June 16, 2006.
  • Grand Rounds, Palmetto Memorial Hospital, Gender-Variant Children and Youth, Columbia, South Carolina, April 27, 2007.


Workshops and Conferences (selected)

  • Provider training day, Binghamton University Downtown Center, Working with Trangender Individuals and Their Families: A Provider Training Day, with Acey Mercer and Carolyn Wolf- Gould, M.D., for Pride and Joy Families, Binghamton, NY, April, 25, 2014.
  • Clinical Case Seminar with Diane Ehrensaft, PhD, Working with Gender Creative Children and their Families, Women’s Therapy Center, Berkeley, California, May 10, 2013.
  • Workshop, Women’s Therapy Center, All in the Family: Gender Transitions throughout the Lifecycle, Berkeley, CA, May 11, 2013.
  • Workshop, American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) Annual Conference: Coupling Today: Love, Parenting, Community, Working with Families with Gender Nonconforming Youth: Ethical Dilemmas in Working with Families of Gender Non-Conforming Children, July 6, 2013.
  • Plenary Session, World Professional Association of Transgender Health, Complex Clinical Cases, September 24, 2012.
  • Workshop, GLAP The Third Bi-Annual Trans-Clinical Symposium, Complex Clinical Cases, February 25, 2011.
  • Workshop, Gold Rush Conference, Envisioning Clinical Practice with Families of Gender Nonconforming Children and Transgender Youth, Denver, Colorado, March 24, 2012.
  • Plenary Session, Gold Rush Conference, Standards of Care Denver, Colorado, March 23, 2012.
  • Panel Presentation, Empire Conference, Supporting Gender Nonconforming Children and Youth, Albany, New York, April 13, 2012.
  • Panel Presentation, In Our Own Voices, A National LGBT POC Health Summit,: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Family Diversity: The Intersection of Racial and Queer Identities, October 16, 2011.
  • Panel Member, National Multicultural Conference, Intersections of Trans Identities, January 28, 2011.
  • Workshop, Gay and Lesbian Affirmative Psychotherapy, Transgender Symposium, Advanced Clinical Cases, New York City, February 20, 2010.
  • Workshop, Power of Social Work Conference, Transgender Emergence in Families: A Social Work Perspective, Albany, New York, March 12, 2010.
  • Panel Presentation, Aging into Feminism, Lesbians in the 70’s and 80’s & LGBTQ’s in the 21st Century: Voices Back Then/Voices Right Now, Wheelock College, Brookline, MA, March 20, 2010.
  • Workshop, Family Week, Boys Will Be Boys and Girls Just Love Pink: How Our Families “Do” Gender, Provincetown, MA, August 5, 2010.
  • Workshop, VISIONS, Inc., Becoming a Trans Ally: A Workshop with Arlene Lev, Boston, Massachusetts, November 7, 2009.
  • Workshop, In Our Own Voices, A National LGBT POC Health Summit Conversation across boundaries: Building cultural competence and fostering respect for racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities across organizational and institutional divides. Albany, New York, October 15, 2009.
  • Workshop, Pride and Joy Family Weekend Parenting Gender-Variant Children, Utica, NY, April 25, 2009.
  • Workshop, Pride and Joy Family Weekend Boys Will Be Boys and Girls Just Love Pink: How Our Families “Do” Gender, Utica, NY, April 25, 2009.
  • Workshop, St. Peter’s Addiction Recovery Center, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LBGT) Substance Abuse Training, Albany, New York, March 20, 2009.
  • Organizer, Rainbow Access Initiative, The Transgender Research Forum with Mona Mason, March 12, 2009.
  • Workshop, Mental Health Consumer Forum, AIDS Council of NENY, Albany, New York, February 26, 2009.
  • Workshop, National Multicultural Conference, Gender Identity Disorder, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 15, 2009.
  • Organizer, Videos at Noon, LGBT Video Series, University at Albany, Spring 2009.
  • Workshop, World Professional Association for Transgender Health, Developing an Ethical Standard of Care for Children, Youth and Families, Chicago, Illinois, September 8, 2007.
  • Workshop, Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, Gender-Variant Youth: The Role of the Healthcare Provider Caring for Adolescents, Toronto, Canada, May 6, 2007.
  • Workshop, American Family Therapy Academy Annual Conference, Vancouver, B.C.,
    Transgender Youth, June 21, 2007.
  • Workshop, International Foundation for Gender Education, Moving Beyond Gatekeeping and Medical Model, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 12, 2007.
  • Workshop, Philadelphia Mazzoni Center Trans-health Conference, Provider’s Day, Trans- Positive Family Therapy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 5, 2007.
  • Workshop. Gender Identity Project, Lesbian and Gay Community Center New York City, Trans- Families: A Guide for Building Healthy Families, March 17, 2007.
  • Lecture, Syracuse University LGBT Resource, Working with Gender-Variant Youth and Their Families, Syracuse, New York, October 27, 2006.
  • Training, Fenway Community Health, Transgender Emergence, Boston, Massachusetts, October 24, 2006.
    Workshop, NYS Affirmative Action Advisory Council, Civil Rights in the 21st Century, Sexual Orientation and
  • Gender Identity, Saratoga Springs, New York, September 20, 2006.
  • Workshop, Pink Therapy, 2nd Biennial Conference, Intimate Affairs: Sexual Minorities and Relationships, LGBT Families: Moving beyond “we have a right to exist,” London, U.K., June 16, 2006.
  • Workshop, Transgender Umbrella: Clinical Skills for Empowering Transgender and Gender Queer Clients, Couple and Family Therapy, Mesa, Arizona, June 3, 2006.
  • Lecture, Sunshine Club, Family and Gender Issues, Hadley, Massachusetts, May 20, 2006.
  • Workshop, Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting Transgender Children and Youth – The Role of the Pediatrician, San Francisco, California, April 29, 2006.
  • Workshop, Gender-Variant People and their Families, Therapy Issues in Working with Gender- Variant & Ambiguous Sexed Clients & Family, Topeka, Kansas, April 21, 2006.
  • Workshop, NASW Massachusetts, Symposium 2006, Marlboro, Massachusetts, LGBT Families and Social Work: A New Frontier, April 6, 2006.
  • Workshop, NASW-NYS, The Power of Social Work, LGBT Families and Social Work: A New Frontier, Albany, New York, March 24, 2006.
  • Lecture, TransNYC, CUNY Graduate Center, TransSexuality: Myths and Truths about Transgender Embodiment and Eroticism, New York City, October 20, 2005.
  • Workshop, National Association of Social Workers Annual Conference, Clinical Practice with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered People, Suffern, NY, March 11, 2005.
  • Workshop, True Colors, Inc, Sexual Minority Youth, Central Connecticut State University,
    TransYouth, New Britain, Connecticut, March 18, 2005.
  • Lecture, Department of Psychology, University at Albany, Transgender Emergence, Albany, New York, March 31, 2005.
  • Public Talk, Voices Library Lecture Series, Hudson Valley Community College Transgender Emergence, Troy, New York, September 8, 2005.
  • Workshops, Human Development & Family Studies Program, and Division of Student & Campus Life, University of Vermont, Clinical Issues working with Transgender Youth: Developmental Issues, Burlington, Vermont, November 7, 2005.
  • Workshop, Lesbian and Gay Family Conference, “Out” in the World, Advocating for Our Families at School and in Our Communities, and Talking to Our Children about our Families, Binghamton, New York, November 11-12, 2005.
  • Workshop, Transgender 2004, the 18th Annual IFGE Conference, PA, Transitioning within Families, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 3, 2004.
  • Workshop, University of Connecticut, Rainbow Center, Transgender Emergence, Storrs, Connecticut, April 21, 2004.
  • Workshop, Transgender 2003, International Foundation for Gender Education Conference and The RSI Transperson Symposium, Disordering Gender Identity, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 22, 2003.
  • Panel Presentation, The Multicultural Family Institute, 12th Annual Culture Conference “Crossing Cultural Borders: Transformation and Healing,” University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Gender Crossings, New Brunswick, New Jersey, May 23, 2003.
  • Workshop, Albany Law School Clinic, HIV/AIDS Conference, Transgender Health Care and Legal Issues, Albany, New York, July 10, 2003.
  • Workshop, Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association, BiAnnual Conference,
    Revisiting the Standards of Care, Ghent, Belgium, September 11, 2003.


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