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Faculty

  • Megan Tucker, MS, LGC (Program Director)
    • Megan began her career at St.Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis working in both prenatal and pediatric practice for 10 years.  During that time, she helped develop a statewide Perinatal Loss Evaluation Program offering a free customized evaluation service for families experiencing a stillbirth and a Cord Blood Collection/Genetics Consultation Initiative to avoid “missed opportunities” for babies that were identified as having an anomaly or suspected life-threating complications.  In 2015, she joined The Center for Genomic Advocacy at Indiana State University to establish a brand new Master’s in Genetic Counseling Program as well as a new Genetic Counseling Clinic focusing on oncology and psychiatric genetic counseling.  She remains the director of the genetic counseling training program and genetic counseling clinic at Indiana State University.  Megan has given hundreds of presentations to high school and university students as well as healthcare providers and the general public.  She has presented an several National Society of Genetic Counselors annual conferences and has had nearly 20 peer reviewed publications.  

  • Rusty Gonser, PhD (Associate Program Director)
  • Joseph Hersh, MD (Medical Director)
  • Bridget Roberts-Pittman, PhD
  • Catherine Steding, PhD
  • Caitlin Brez, PhD
  • Michael Deem, PhD
    • Michael Deem is Assistant Professor of Nursing and Healthcare Ethics at Duquesne University. His main areas of research are bioethics, philosophy of biology and medicine, and public health ethics. Dr. Deem completed a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame in 2015 and a M.A. in Philosophy from Texas A&M University in 2009. He then served as the 2015-16 Pediatric Ethics and Genomics Fellow at Children's Mercy Hospital, where he worked with the Center for Bioethics and Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine on a NIH-funded study of the clinical use of rapid whole-genome sequencing in the neonatal intensive care unit. Additionally, through the Children's Mercy Division of Clinical Genetics he accrued over 100 observation hours in genetic counseling at Children's Mercy Hospital, Midwest Perinatal Associates, and The University of Kansas Cancer Center. Dr. Deem's additional clinical training includes completion of the Children's Mercy Hospital Pediatric Bioethics Certificate, the MedStar Washington Hospital Clinical Ethics Immersion, and the Center for Conflict Resolution in Healthcare's Conflict Resolution and Clinical-Setting Mediation Training for Healthcare. He is editor, along with Dr. Emily Farrow and Dr. Robin Grubs, of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Genetic Counseling.

  • Shaad Ahmad, PhD
  • Hugo Gante, PhD
  • Kristin Niendorf, MS, LCGC
    • Kristin Baker Niendorf, board certified genetic counselor, has over 20 years of experience in clinical genetic counseling, research, professional advocacy and education.  Continuously striving to improve access to genetic advances, Kristin has helped develop and streamline clinical genetic services at five unique institutions. With a strong history of research expertise, she has 50 published peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and abstracts with an eye on improving the lives of those with hereditary disease, particularly familial cancer. She has been an IRB member and served as Assistant Editor/Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Genetic Counseling for 11 years. Currently, Kristin's work is focusing on utilizing technological advances such as online family history collection and mobile applications to increase patient access to genetic care. Kristin has lectured and served in various roles as capstone project advisor, thesis committee member, admissions committee interviewer, and clinical supervisor for several different graduate genetic counseling programs. Professional and personal advocacy has been a career highlight. She was twice selected as a Board of Director of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, elected the first Chair of the Minnesota Genetic Counselors' Association and spearheaded the SuperYou campaign to educate the public about the value of genetic counseling. Through her appointment to the Indiana State University Genetic Counseling Program, Kristin looks forward to bringing this passion in order to support the graduate students as they become future leaders of genomic medicine.