Cesar Gonzalez, PhD, and Katie Spencer, PhD, have been promoted to Assistant Professors at the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota Medical School.
Gonzalez completed his postdoctoral fellowship at PHS in 2010, and joined PHS as a clinical psychologist and researcher on the All Gender Health Online research project where he helped develop an interactive web-based intervention for sexual health. Since then he has been promoted to a Research Associate and now to Assistant Professor (research-track).
In June 2012, Gonzalez completed his board certification in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is currently receiving his Advanced Certification in Schema Therapy (by the International Society of Schema Therapy through the Cognitive Therapy Center of NY/NJ), an innovative and evidence-based approach for treating complex psychological conditions and personality disorders. Gonzalez received his BA in psychology from the University of Arizona and received his PhD in clinical psychology from Alliant International University, Los Angeles. His clinical training includes behavioral medicine, severe mental illness, child and family therapy, and the assessment of learning differences. He served as director of evaluation and research at Bienestar Human Services, Inc., a non-profit organization serving Latino, HIV-infected/affected, GLBT individuals, where he evaluated HIV prevention programs and conducted community research on HIV/AIDS. Gonzalez is an editorial board member of the International Journal of Transgenderism and is a fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology. He is also recipient of National Institute of Health's Loan Repayment Program award. His research interests include: gender dysphoria; gender non-conformity; depression and suicidality; resilience; early maladaptive cognitive schemas; and multicultural community psychology. Gonzalez is bicultural, and is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Spencer completed her postdoctoral fellowship at PHS in 2009, and joined PHS as a clinical psychologist. She has now been promoted to Assistant Professor (clinical scholar track).
In addition to her clinical work, Spencer works with multiple community organizations working to educate about LGBT healthcare issues and primarily transgender healthcare. She works with the Minnesota Trans Youth Support Network on the Community Hormone Access Project, partnering with community advocates and trans youth to develop community based hormone protocols for transgender care, in hopes to increase access to competent care and hormone provision for trans youth. She recently participated in the development of a theatre educational project for high schools on transgender youth issues. Spencer provides training education, and consultation on sexual health and transgender issues, and has worked with the Family Tree Clinic, Face to Face Health and Counseling Services, Fairview Clinics, the University of North Dakota, and the Veterans Administration. Spencer often speaks about the intersections of LGBT rights and impact on well-being, and will be presenting a First Friday Forum for the Minnesota Psychological Association on the psychological research on same sex marriage in October 2012.
Spencer received her MA and PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She received her BA in women's studies and psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her internship was completed at the University of Illinois-Chicago Counseling Center. She has a strong interest in education and training of therapists and medical providers in sexual health and transgender health care competency. Her primary clinical practice is working with transgender and gender non-conforming children, adolescents, and adults, women's sexual health, and LGBT sexual health and well-being. She co-facilitates several groups, including the gender exploration group for youth and their families, the women's sexual health group, and transgender adult interpersonal groups. She has experience working with compulsive sexual behavior and general sexual dysfunction concerns. Her research and clinical interests focus on cultural competency in working with LGB and transgender populations, LGBT sexual health, sex therapy with LGBT couples, trans youth, and feminist embodied approaches to sexual health.