Kristina Olson, Ph.D, is the director of the TransYouth Project. She is an associate pro­fes­sor of psy­chol­ogy at the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton. She received her Ph.D. in 2008 from Har­vard Uni­ver­sity before begin­ning her fac­ulty career at Yale Uni­ver­sity. She moved her research lab to the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton in 2013. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health, and the Arcus Foundation. Kristina was a winner of the 2014 Sage Young Scholars Award, the 2015 Early Career Award from the International Social Cognition Network, the 2015 Davida Teller Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award, and the 2016 Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformational Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science. At the TransYouth Project she supervises the research team, over­sees research design, data col­lec­tion, and the pub­li­ca­tion and dis­sem­i­na­tion of our findings.

Project Coordinators

gabrielleGabrielle (Gabi) Lindquist is one of the project coordinators at the TransYouth Project. She graduated from Occidental College in 2015. She leads many of the special project around the lab, including keeping us up-to-date with all IRB documents and other critical paperwork, helping with grant submissions and leading parent interviews.

Riley Lowe is one of the project coordinators at the TransYouth Project. She graduated from the University of Washington where she was a a psychology major and worked in the Social Cognitive Development lab. Riley hopes to one day attend graduate school in clinical psychology. She supervises the undergrad team and leads the majority of research trips around the U.S. and Canada.

Post-doctoral Fellow

Selin Gülgöz is a postdoctoral fellow working at the TransYouth Project. She graduated from the University of Michigan, with a Ph.D. in developmental psychology in 2015, and before that received her B.A. from Koç University.  Her work with the TYP is currently focused on understanding early gender development in transgender and gender diverse children.

Graduate Students


Lily Durwood is a first-year graduate student in the developmental and child clinical areas interested in transgender children’s development and mental health. She graduated from Harvard in 2010 with a B.A. in Psychology and Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality. After several years at Microsoft she returned to psychology as a Project Coordinator at the TransYouth Project.

ericEric Gomez is a second-year graduate student in the social psychology area interested in prejudice and stereotyping. His work with the TransYouth Project focuses on contributors to transphobia. He received his B.A. (honors) in psychology from Stanford in 2013 where he minored in feminist studies (focusing on LGBT studies). He is a Ford Fellow.

annieAnnie Fast is a fourth-year student in the developmental psychology program. Her work at the TransYouth Project has focused on understanding basic gender development in preschool-aged transgender children.  Annie has also traveled around the country collecting data with families of young transgender and gender nonconforming children.


Elizabeth Ake is a third-year student in the developmental psychology program. At the TransYouth Project she travels around the country working with families of transgender and gender nonconforming children and is currently working on a paper on gender stereotyping in transgender children.

Academic Collaborators

kateKate McLaughlin, Ph.D.,  is a child clinical psychologist and psychiatric epidemiologist with interests in the effects of the childhood social environment on brain and behavioral development in children and adolescents.  Kate received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology and epidemiology from Yale University before beginning her faculty career at the Harvard Medical School. Kate moved to the University of Washington as an assistant professor of psychology in 2013 where she directs the Stress and Development Lab. Kate consults with the TransYouth Project  on the more clinical aspects of the project, including assessments of mental health and providing referrals as needed.  She has won numerous early career awards and her work is currently funded by the National Institutes of Heath.

Nick Eaton, Ph.D., is an assis­tant pro­fes­sor of psy­chol­ogy at Stony Brook Uni­ver­sity. He received his Ph.D. from the Uni­ver­sity of Min­nesota in 2012 before opening a research lab at Stony Brook. Amongst his many research inter­ests are gen­der iden­tity and sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion. At the TransYouth Project, Nick helps with research design and sta­tis­ti­cal analyses.

Current Research Assistants at TYP include: Chonhui (Gabriella) Ji (honors student), Zuoyu (Joey) Lu,  Zeena Rivera, Deja Edwards, Grace Kim, Haley Doyle, Emily Gill, Ali Liao, and Tayla Bolden.