Dr. Michael Marshall, a psychiatrist with a special interest in transgender mental health, is dedicated to serving the needs of Alberta’s transgendered population.
Dr. Marshall is the Program Director of the Gender Program at the University of Alberta, an innovative program with gender affirming care as its guiding principle. The program offers a multidisciplinary approach to providing and navigating health and mental health care with transgender, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary people (gender minorities). It also has an academic role – with teaching and research at its core.
The program helps persons across the age spectrum who feel that their assigned gender at birth is misaligned with their lived gender. The program provides in-depth multi-stage assessment and helps persons to negotiate gender affirming interventions to lead their full comfortable lives. To achieve this, the program offers assessment, therapy and referrals on to other specialties as necessary and has formed good links with various disciplines including endocrinology and surgery. It works collaboratively with AHS and AH to achieve those firm links. The program has a good relationship with professionals in Montreal who perform gender affirming surgery and with Alberta Health Out of Province Special Programs Unit that approves funding for these surgeries.