Jillian C. Shipherd, PhD

Professor, Psychiatry

Jillian Shipherd


Dr. Shipherd is currently a Clinical Research Psychologist at the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD at VA Boston Healthcare System, she is also one of two part-time Directors of the LGBT Health Program for the Veterans Health Administration in Washington DC, and a Professor of Psychiatry at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. Dr. Shipherd earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the State University of NY at Buffalo, and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Boston Consortium at the VA Boston Healthcare System. Dr. Shipherd’s area of expertise is the interface of mental and physical health subsequent to trauma with a focus on sexual and gender minority populations. More broadly, she has published on improving healthcare system responses to the unique needs of LGBT Veterans. She is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. Dr. Kauth and Dr. Shipherd are the editors of the 2018 book, Adult Transgender Care: An Interdisciplinary Approach for Training Mental Health Professionals.

Other Positions

  • VA Boston Healthcare System


  • State University of New York at Buffalo, PhD
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, MA
  • State University of New York at Albany, BA


  • Published on 10/2/2023

    Fan CA, Upham M, Beaver K, Dashtestani K, Skiby MM, Pentel KZ, Rhew IC, Kauth MR, Shipherd JC, Kaysen D, Simpson T, Lehavot K. Recruiting Sexual and Gender Minority Veterans for Health Disparities Research: Recruitment Protocol of a Web-Based Prospective Cohort Study. JMIR Res Protoc. 2023 Oct 02; 12:e43824. PMID: 37782536.

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  • Published on 9/5/2023

    Boyer TL, Wolfe HL, Littman AJ, Shipherd JC, Kauth MR, Blosnich JR. Patient Experiences and Provider Perspectives on Accessing Gender-Affirming Surgical Services in the Veterans Health Administration. J Gen Intern Med. 2023 Sep 05. PMID: 37670068.

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  • Published on 7/12/2023

    Wolfe HL, Boyer TL, Shipherd JC, Kauth MR, Jasuja GK, Blosnich JR. Barriers and Facilitators to Gender-affirming Hormone Therapy in the Veterans Health Administration. Ann Behav Med. 2023 Jul 12. PMID: 37436725.

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  • Published on 5/16/2023

    Wolfe HL, Boyer TL, Rodriguez KL, Klima GJ, Shipherd JC, Kauth MR, Blosnich JR. Exploring Research Engagement and Priorities of Transgender and Gender Diverse Veterans. Mil Med. 2023 May 16; 188(5-6):e1224-e1231. PMID: 34791410.

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  • Published on 3/31/2023

    Rose AJ, Hughto JMW, Dunbar MS, Quinn EK, Deutsch M, Feldman J, Radix A, Safer JD, Shipherd JC, Thompson J, Jasuja GK. Trends in Feminizing Hormone Therapy for Transgender Patients, 2006-2017. Transgend Health. 2023 Apr; 8(2):188-194. PMID: 37013092.

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  • Published on 1/19/2023

    Valentine SE, Smith AM, Miller K, Hadden L, Shipherd JC. Considerations and complexities of accurate PTSD assessment among transgender and gender diverse adults. Psychol Assess. 2023 May; 35(5):383-395. PMID: 36656725.

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  • Published on 12/22/2022

    Livingston NA, Gatsby E, Shipherd JC, Lynch KE. Causes of alcohol-attributable death and associated years of potential life lost among LGB and non-LGB veteran men and women in Veterans Health Administration. Addict Behav. 2023 Apr; 139:107587. PMID: 36571942.

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  • Published on 11/29/2022

    Jasuja GK, Reisman JI, Rao SR, Wolfe HL, Hughto JMW, Reisner SL, Shipherd JC. Social Stressors and Health Among Older Transgender and Gender Diverse Veterans. LGBT Health. 2023; 10(2):148-157. PMID: 36454239.

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  • Published on 11/17/2022

    Hahn H, Burkitt KH, Kauth MR, Shipherd JC, Blosnich JR. Primary sources of health care among LGBTQ+ veterans: Findings from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Health Serv Res. 2023 Apr; 58(2):392-401. PMID: 36331086.

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  • Published on 10/6/2022

    Salomaa AC, Livingston NA, Bryant WT, Herbitter C, Harper K, Sloan CA, Hinds Z, Gyuro L, Valentine SE, Shipherd JC. A bottom-up approach to developing a unified trauma-minority stress model for transgender and gender diverse people. Psychol Trauma. 2023 May; 15(4):618-627. PMID: 36201832.

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