Skip to content

LGBTQI+ Services

Student Health recognizes that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students have health concerns that are the same as other students. However, other issues may be different and require a greater understanding or specific information or programs.

This section does not cover all services available to you as a UCSB student. Please browse the website, for a more complete picture. However, this section does address some areas that may be of specific interest or concern.

About the SHS Staff:


Shereen Barr, LCSW (pronouns: she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is available to assist LGBTQI+ students with a variety of needs such as access to resources, information and counseling.

Appointments can be made by phone if you Join the Line, or email confidentially through Gateway on the Student Health website.


 Betsy Malear

Betsy Malear, MS, RD (pronouns: she/her) is a Dietitian and Health Educator at Student Health available to help LGBTQI+ students navigate our healthcare services.

You can make an appointment by calling (805) 893-3368, or email confidentially through Gateway on the Student Health website.


 Han Koehle

Han Koehle, (pronouns: they/them) is our Queer and Trans Health Advisor available to help LGBTQI+ students navigate our healthcare services.

Contact them by calling 805) 893-3368 or email

Medical Care:

The Student Health Center offers comprehensive and compassionate medical care, here you can see a medical provider about any health issue, from acne and headaches to sexually transmitted infections and HIV care.  Primary care services include preventative care, cancer screenings, vaccinations, and chronic disease management, all delivered with sensitivity to your individual comfort and needs.  Comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care is available for all sexual orientations and gender identities. Social workers and nutritionists are available to help students with stress-related health problems, nutrition concerns, as well as exploring sexuality and gender identities.

Preventive services such as HIV PrEP and self-directed STI testing are readily available.

Transgender Students:

Regardless of where you are in your gender affirming jorney, the Student Health Center is here to support your well being. Our Gender Care team includes specialized health care providers for those interested in affirming hormone therapy. We also have social work, nutrition and health education services to address the unique challenges transgender and gender diverse students may face. We can assist in navigating and advocating in all aspects of care, including linking to community resources and assistance with documentation and referrals that may be needed for gender affirming procedures.  


Call (805) 893-3368  to make an appointment, no need to give the reason for the visit. Providers  available are Ali Javanbakht, M.D., Erin Moore, M.D. and Angie Magaña, N.P.  You can leave confidential messages or email clinicians through Gateway on the Student Health website.

For more information, see our Transgender Health Care section

Student Health Insurance:

The University requires all students to have major medical insurance, and SHS offers UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) to meet that requirement. UC SHIP benefits include coverage for many gender affirming procedures. See: UC SHIP for more information about coverage.

UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP)  - Gender Reassignment Surgery Benefits can be found here: 2019-20 UCSHIP Transgender Benefit Flyer.


Your appointments with clinicians, counselors, and other SHS staff are confidential. By law, your parents, friends, professors and other school officials do not have access to your SH records.

Medical Records:

The only way that someone may know about your appointment is if you tell them, you give us written permission to release information, or we are required by law.

Counseling Records:

Like medical records, these are protected by law. In addition, counseling records are kept separately from medical records.


We welcome your input on how we can improve our services related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students.

For more information call (805) 893-3368

Follow us on Facebook

genderneutral graphic

All Gender Restrooms:

Student Health is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all students. For your comfort, we have these single stall bathrooms available within our building:

- Granada Clinic Waiting Room
- Sierra Clinic (connected to lab for specimen collection)
- Riviera Clinic (behind Information Desk)
- Physical Therapy (inside clinic)
- Health & Wellness Hallway