Lectures & Presentations

“Dr. Pula’s moving narrative of gender transition, and others like it, should be required reading for any clinician interested in the complexities that lie beneath our profession’s often ossified understanding of gender.”
Rajiv Gulati, MD Faculty, New York University (NYU) Institute for Psychoanalytic Education, Psychoanalytic Association of New York

“Because I see the provision of optimal mental health treatment as an issue of social justice and human rights, it makes no sense to me to deny that transgender people often have serious struggles that deserve quality care, full opportunity to take care of ourselves, and opportunity to actualize ourselves and our lives. Denial of this reality becomes another form of oppression.” Jack Pula, MD, City University of New York (CUNY) City College, March 27, 2014

“The ongoing difficulty that the psychoanalytic profession has in opening up to non-pathological views of transgender people must be addressed. At the same time, there must be a preservation of analytic space to take up the personal struggles an individual transgender person may bring into treatment.” Jack Pula, MD, “Understanding Gender Through the Lens of Transgender Experience” Journal of Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 2015. 35(8): 809-822.


Straddling the Gender Binary: Navigating Gender Dysphoria and Uncertainty, Columbia University Medical Center CUMC LGBT Initiative, New York, NY,  Nov 21, 2017

Spoken: (un)Silencing of Marginalized Communities, panelist, Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) Domestic Violence Panel for StudentsNew York, NY, Apr 20, 2017

Increasing Clinician and Cultural Competency in Psychotherapeutic Work with Transgender Patients, 46th Scientific Session, invited speaker, Advanced Training Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Toronto Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Toronto, Canada, Mar 3 & 4, 2017


Understanding Gender Through the Lens of Transgender Experience & What’s an Analyst to Do? Countertransference Considerations in Cis-Trans Dyads, invited speaker, Israeli Forum for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, and Ben-Gurion Psychotherapy Research Lab Symposium, Tel-Aviv, Israel, Nov 30, 2016 

Countertransference Considerations in Psychoanalytic Work with Transgender Analysands, invited speaker, Transgender Identity Symposium, Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR), New York, NY, Oct 23, 2016

Complex Cases of Transgender Patients with Trauma History, Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) LGBT Initiative, New York, NY, Sep 6, 2016 

AGLP Psychotherapy Case Conference, one of two discussants for “Case conceptualization of a young adult trans male: Analytic and cognitive perspectives,” American Psychiatric Association (APA) ConferenceAtlanta, GA, May 16, 2016

The Clinical Evaluation and Management of Substance Use Disorders in Transgender Patient Populations, panelist, American Psychiatric Association (APA) ConferenceAtlanta, GA, May 15, 2016

Transgender and Intersex for the Practicing Psychiatrist – Society, Medicine, and Gender Variance, instructor, course for American Psychiatric Association (APA) Conference, Atlanta, GA, May 14, 2016

Understanding Gender Through the Lens of Transgender Experience, invited speaker, Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, Annual Retreat: “He Said, She Said: Understanding the Transgender Community,”  Norwalk, CT, April 2, 2016

Symposium 2016, conference: “Sexuality and Its Discontents,” panelist on transgender panel, New York, NY, March 26, 2016  (for video of talk click here)

Essentials for the Psychiatrist Working with Transgender Patients, Grand Rounds presentations at Rutgers University, Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, and Montefiore Hospital, New York, NY, March 2016

Fatherhood from a Transgender Perspective, Fatherhood Discussion Group, American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA), New York, NY, Jan 13, 2016


Transgender 101: Developing the Clinical and Cultural Competencies to Work with Trans Patients, invited comments, panelist, Open House, New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA), Division of Psychoanalysis, New York, NY, Nov 7, 2015

What’s an Analyst to Do? Countertransference Considerations in Cis-Trans Dyads, panelist, Conference: “Conceptual, Technical, and Countertransferential Difficulties in Working with Transsexual and Transgender Analysands,” International Psychiatric Association, Boston, MA, July 24, 2015

Essentials of the Psychiatrist Working with Transgender Patients, invited speaker, Artist Symposium, Walter Reed Medical Center, Washington, DC, June 3, 2015

Society, Medicine, and Gender Variance, Conference: “Transgender and Intersex Care for the Practicing Psychiatrist,” American Psychiatric Association (APA), Toronto, Canada, May 17, 2015

Epistemology of Identity: Political Concerns for Transgender Psychiatry, Conference: “Keywords: Interdisciplinary Roundtable Conversations – Trans: Transgender, Transnational, Translation,” Columbia University Center for the Study of Social Difference, New York, NY, Apr 9, 2015

Time for Oedipal Revival or Oedipal Rival? Transfathering in the Post-Modern Age, Conference: “All About Father: Psychoanalysis, The Oedipus Complex, and the Modern Family,” University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, Mar 20 – 22, 2015


Psychoanalysis Through the Lens of Transgender Experience: A Clinician’s Personal Journey, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center (PPSC) Annex, New York, NY, December 12, 2014

Transgender Health and Controversies in Medical Training, Conference: “Sex in Medicine Week,” State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center, College of Medicine, Brooklyn, NY, November 11, 2014

Understanding Gender Through the Lens of Transgender Experience, NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, New York, NY, October 3, 2014

Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Psychiatrists in Training: Understanding the Training and Clinical Experiences of TGNC Psychiatrists, special fellows session, SAMSHA Minority Fellowship – American Psychiatric Association (APA) Council on Minority Affairs (concurrent with APA), New York, NY, May 5, 2014

Controversies in the Treatment of Transgender Children and Adolescents, panelist, Annual Meeting, American Psychiatric Association (APA), New York, NY, May 5, 2014

Gender Identity, Terminology, and Nomenclature, panelist, APA Working Group on Gender Dysphoria presentation, Annual Meeting: “Gender Identity and Gender Dysphoria for the Practicing Psychiatrist,” American Psychiatric Association (APA), New York, NY, May 4, 2014

Transgender Embodiment: the Role of Affective and Intersubjective Regulations in the Construction of the Psyche-Soma, panelist along with Avgi Saketopoulou and SJ Langer, Trans*Literate Conference, Psychotherapy Center for Gender and Sexuality (PCGS), New York, NY, March 29, 2014

A Transgender Psychiatrist’s Journey of Personal and Professional Transition, CUNY City College, New York, NY, March 27, 2014

What Psychiatrists Need to Know to Work with Transgender People, Grand Rounds, Brookdale Hospital, Brooklyn, NY March 18, 2014

The Challenges and Rewards of Being a Transitioning Transgender Candidate During Psychoanalytic TrainingNYU Institute for Psychoanalytic Education (IPE), New York, NY, February 1, 2014

Training American Psychiatric Residents on Transgender Care, panelist, World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2014

Transgender Embodiment: the Role of Affective and Intersubjective Regulations in the Construction of the Psyche-Soma, panelist, World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2014


Wellness, Mental Health, and the Life Needs of Transgender Students, Seven Sister’s Conference, Barnard College, New York, NY, December 5, 2013

Psychiatric Assessment of Transgender Patients, panelist, Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, Philadelphia, PA, June 14, 2013

Teaching Cultural Competency, panelist, American Psychiatric Association (APA), May 21, 2013

Transgender Psychiatry: Training Modern Clinicians, panelist, National Transgender Health Summit, Oakland, CA, May 8, 2013

Polymorphously Perverse Candidates: How we fit and conflict with modern psychoanalytic training, early personal reflections of a transgender doctor, invited speaker, The White Institute, New York, NY, May 1, 2013

To Be Or Not To Be: Clinical Disclosure of LGBT Status, panelist, Conference, American Psychiatric Association (APA), May 2013

Teaching on the Psychiatric Care of the Transgender Population, panelist, Annual Conference, American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT), March 8, 2013


Transgender Standards of Care for Mental Health Practitioners, New York Transgender Health Conference, New York, NY, November 9, 2012

Working with Transgender People: Psychiatrist’s Guide to the WPATH Standards of CareInstitute for Psychiatric Services, 2012

When a Candidate or Analysand Identifies as Transgender – Impacts for the Individual and the Institution, panelist, Winter Meeting, American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA), 2012


Bullied for Bending, presenter, New York District Branch Annual Meeting, American Psychiatric Association (APA), 2011

Trauma in Our History: A Battle of Words, A Battle for Legitimacy, Grand Rounds, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Department of Psychiatry, 2009

Addiction and Film: Homosexuality in and Out of the Closet, presenter, Winter Conference, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP), 2006