Dr. Michelle Cretella, M.D.

About Dr. Michelle Cretella, M.D.

Dr. Cretella is President of the American College of Pediatricians (College), a board certified pediatrician and member of the CMA. She was elected to the College’s Board of Directors in 2005. Prior to being elected President in 2015, Dr. Cretella chaired the Adolescent Sexuality Committee, Pediatric Psychosocial Development Committee, and Scientific Policy Committee. In these roles she became one of the College's chief researchers, writers and spokespersons on issues of pediatric mental and sexual health. She is regularly consulted by Breitbart News, FRC, One News Now, Relevant Radio and many others. Her article Gender Dysphoria in Children and Suppression of Debate was published in the 2016 summer issue of Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Cretella serves on the Medical Committee of the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity (a national organization of health professionals who advocate for psychotherapy for ego-dystonic homosexuality and gender dysphoria). Dr. Cretella served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Research and Therapy for Homosexuality (NARTH) from 2010-2015.

Dr. Cretella received her medical degree in 1994 from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency in pediatrics in 1997 at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut. She completed a fellowship in College Health through the University of Virginia in 1999. After 15 years of group practice in rural Connecticut and Rhode Island she left clinical practice to devote more time to family and the College. Dr. Cretella and her husband have three sons and a daughter between the ages of 12 and 19.

Gender Dysphoria in Children

ABSTRACT: Gender dysphoria (GD) of childhood describes a psychological condition in which children experience a marked incongruence between their experienced gender and the gender associated with their biological sex. When this occurs in … [Read more...]