Julie Mencher, MSW is a psychotherapist in private practice and a pioneer in LGBT education, psychotherapy, and advocacy. She developed and held the position of Transgender Specialist at Smith College, a single-sex institution, over ten years ago. As a nationally recognized speaker and consultant, Ms. Mencher serves as a strategic advisor to organizations on gender diversity and sexuality. A member of the Smith College School of Social Work faculty for over twenty years, she was also a Visiting Scholar at the Stone Center at Wellesley College, where she founded the Lesbian Theory Group. Ms. Mencher lectures frequently on LGBT experience, eating disorders, trauma and women’s development. She trains graduate students and professionals in social work, psychology, and psychiatry. Ms. Mencher is in private psychotherapy and consultation practice, where she sees a wide range of individuals and couples. A regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Ms. Mencher lives in Northampton, MA with her son.