Mere Abrams, MSW, ASW, is a gender specialist, educator, consultant and advocate in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mere also serves as a Clinical Researcher at the Child and Adolescent Gender Center, a partnership between the University of California San Francisco and community-based organizations to provide comprehensive interdisciplinary services to transgender/trans, nonbinary, and gender-expansive children and youth and their families. Mere received a master's degree in social work from Smith College School for Social Work and attended Pitzer College as a undergraduate student.
As a Clinical Researcher at the Child and Adolescent Gender Center, Mere oversees the implementation and execution of the first ever U.S. study funded by the National Institute of Health measuring the impact of early medical interventions for transgender/trans, nonbinary, and gender-expansive youth. Mere is an active member of Mind the Gap, a network of mental health professionals who specialize in gender and use a gender affirmative model in working with children, adolescents, and families. Mere previously worked as a Program Manager at Gender Spectrum, a non-profit organization that helps to create gender inclusive and sensitive environments for all children and teens through education, training, and family support services.
Mere's research and public speaking focus on the areas of gender diversity and inclusion, education, trans/transgender, nonbinary, and gender-expansive children and youth, gender identity, parenting, parent-child relationships, queer families, and gender inclusive puberty and sex education. Mere completed a master's thesis on the impact of gender diversity and sensitivity trainings in K-12 schools, and was a contributor and editor of The Transgender Teen: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Teens, by Stephanie Brill and Lisa Kenney.
Mere has a private practice in Oakland, California, where Mere provides consultation, counseling, coaching and advocacy to adults, children, and teens. In addition, Mere offers gender assessments, co-parenting counseling, and couples counseling related to parenting transgender/trans, nonbinary and gender-expansive children and teens. Mere's areas of emphasis and specialization include: gender identity, transgender/trans, nonbinary and gender-expansive children, teens, and adults, parent consultation, and educational advocacy.