Thomas A. Vance, PhD

Postdoctoral Clinical & Research Fellow

Thomas A. Vance, Ph.D. received his doctoral degree in counseling psychology at The University of Akron. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at Boston University Medical Center at The Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology (CMTP). During his internship, he completed two yearlong rotations with focused training in working with individuals and couples who identified as transgender, gender non-binary, and gender non-conforming, as well as treating individuals and couples with severe and persistent mental illness. Dr. Vance carried a diagnostically complex caseload of patients with varying presenting concerns and needs. He also played an important role in providing psychoeducation and consultation regarding intersectionality, minority identities, and cultural responsiveness in therapeutic care.

Dr. Vance is currently a Postdoctoral clinical and research fellow at the Gender Identity Program at Columbia University Medical Center. His work examines the intersection of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, race/ethnicity, disability, class, and other identities and experiences. In his role at the Gender Identity Program, Dr. Vance researches, practice, and advocates on the resilience of transgender people, gender non-binary youth, social justice and empowerment training related to mental health.

Dr. Vance specializes in providing a holistic multicultural care to children, adolescents, adults, and families. His clinical practice uses evidence-based therapies and techniques appropriately modified for working cross-culturally with socially, economically and politically disadvantaged patients. Dr. Vance is sensitive to and trained in exploring the ways in which cross-cultural and transcultural experiences impact mental health, physical wellness and recovery. In addition to Dr. Vance’s multicultural training in topics related to race and ethnicity, he has breadth of experiences in working with individuals and couples with gender and sexuality. He offers gender evaluation and affirmation therapy while providing support and care to children, adolescents, and adults who identify as transgender, gender non-conforming, or gender exploring.