Natalie Markowitz Wittlin is a doctoral candidate whose research explores beliefs about gender and sexual orientation, as well as how those beliefs relate to physical and mental health outcomes. She is particularly interested in appearance-related stereotypes of transgender and cisgender women and men. In one line of work, she explores categorization and misgendering of transgender individuals. In another, she examines how cisgender women respond to challenges to their physical femininity. Natalie earned her B. A. from Barnard College at Columbia University with a major in psychology and a minor in political science. Prior to beginning graduate school, she worked in the fields of education, public health, and psychology.