Department of Women's and Gender Studies University of Missouri Department of Women's and Gender Studies

David TagerDavid Tager

Psychologist, MU Student Health Center
phone: 573-882-1483

David Tager is a psychologist at the MU Student Health Center. He provides psychotherapy and counseling to MU students with a wide range of concerns. He has a strong interest in the impact of gender roles and expectations on the well-being of individuals, couples and families as well as in how gender is enacted in diverse communities and cultures. He is co-founder of the Transgender Health Network (T-Net), counts Feminist Multicultural Therapy as an important influence, and has presented and published on gender as it relates to men, women and gender non-conforming individuals. A former English teacher, David Tager has taught at universities in New York City, Mexico, Italy and Missouri. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri in 2010.


  • Tager, D., Eastman-Mueller, H., Henderson, S., Bagby-Stone, S., Patterson, E., Even, S., Nadler, A., Sullivan, D (Manuscript under review). Addressing disparities for transgender clients: Creating an inclusive environment and providing integrated mental health and medical care.
  • Mahalik, J. R., Good, G. E., Tager, D., Levant, R. F., & Mackowiak, C. (2012). Developing a taxonomy of helpful and harmful practices for clinical work with boys and men, Journal of Counseling Psychology, 59, 591=603.
  • Mintz, L. B., & Tager, D. (2012). Feminist therapy with male clients: Empowering men to be their whole selves. In C. Zerbe Ennes & E. Nutt Williams (Eds.) The Oxford handbook of multicultural feminist counseling psychology, (pp.322-338). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Goode-Cross, D. T., & Tager, D. (2011). Negotiating multiple identities: How African American gay and bisexual men persist at a predominantly white institution. Journal of Homosexuality, 58, 1235-1254.
  • Tager, D., Good, G. E., & Brammer, S. (2010). Walking over 'em: An exploration of relations between emotion dysregulation, masculine norms and intimate partner abuse in a clinical sample of men. Psychology of Men & Masculinity,11, 233-239.
  • Jordan Varvel, S. E., He, Y., Shannon, J. K., Tager, D., Bledman, R. A., Chaichanasakul, A., Mendoza, M., & Mallinckrodt, B. (2007). Multidimensional, threshold effects of social support in firefighters: Is more support invariably better? Journal of Counseling Psychology, 54, 458-465.
  • Tager, D., Good, G.E., & Morrison, J. (2006). Our bodies, ourselves revisited: Male body image and psychological well-being. International Journal of Men's Health, 5, 228-237.
  • Tager, D., & Good, G. E. (2005). Italian and American masculinities: A comparison of masculine gender role norms in university students. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 6, 264-274.
  • Tager, D. (1997). An Infidel in the Batthouse. Manoa: A Journal of International Writing, 9, 68-75.
  • Fortunato, M., & Tager, D. (1994). Way Station. The Kenyon Review, 16, 105-114.

Courses Taught

WGST 3270 — Themes in Masculinities: Men of Steel and Silk: The Impact of Masculine Norms on Men's Lives


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