Audio Interviews

Click the play button below to listen to key figures in the world of sexuality. Each interview provides perspectives from people who have acquired either comprehensive or uniquely specialized knowledge about sexual behavior.

Dr. Kenneth Zucker

Dr. Kenneth J. Zucker (1950-) is a professor at the University of Toronto and the Clinical Lead of the Gender Identity Clinic, Child, Youth and Family Ser­vices at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. His main areas of interest are gender identity development, disorders of sex development, and gender dysphoria. Dr. Zucker is the rare individual who combines active clinical work and prolific research, especially in the area of human gender identify. He was a leader of the DSM-5 Work Group on Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders. He has been the editor of Archives of Sexual Behavior since 2002, and published many works on sexuality and gender, including Gender Identity Disorder and Psychosexual Problems in Children.  

Discussion Questions:

  1. What has changed for transgender people in the previous period? What are the changes seen in clinical practice?
  2. What is the relationship between autism and gender dysphoria?
  3. What’s different between gender dysphoria in childhood and in adolescence?


Dr. Diane Ehrensaft

Dr. Diane Ehrensaft (1946–) is a developmental and clinical psychologist, focused on child development, gender, gender-nonconforming and transgender children and youth, and LGBTQI families. Dr. Ehrensaft is the director of Mental Health and founding member of the Child and Adolescent Gender center, that provides services to gender non-conforming/transgender youth and their families. She published several articles and books, including The Gender Creative Child and genderborn, gendermade.  She is also widely recognized for her strong social advocacy for the rights of transgender children.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Which problems face young people with gender dysphoria?
  2. What is gender identity, and how is it related to gender expression?
  3. What are the most important points in working with transgendered children?


Dr. Elizabeth Loftus

Dr. Elizabeth F. Loftus (1944–) is a cognitive psychologist, with renowned expertise in human memory, its malleability and its notorious fallibility. Dr. Loftus is best known for her work in the misinformation effect, eyewitness memory, and false memories. Her research has been decisive in many court decisions around the world including many by the U.S. Supreme court. She has been an expert witness in many high profile cases, with her testimony often being the foundation of legal precedents. Both her forensic and research efforts have led to many awards, including her being name one of the 100 most influential psychologists of the 20th century. Dr. Loftus is a distinguished professor at University of California, and prolific researcher and author of numerous books, including Mind at Play, Eyewitness Testimony—Civil and Criminal, and The Myth of Repressed Memory.

Discussion Questions:

  1. How does work of Dr. Loftus influence the main postulates of psychoanalysis?
  2. What is audience tuning? Can you think of an example of this phenomenon in a therapeutic context?
  3. How is forgetting different from repression?