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Research Projects

Students are required to complete a customized Capstone Project.  This is an opportunity for students to select a topic of interest and build their own research project.  Students will work with a customized advisory committee of program leadership, faculty, and genetic counselors to complete this aspect of their training. 

Research projects for current students

  • Assessing recent genetic counseling program graduates for their perspectives on their multicultural counseling competency training by Baily Mallon
  • Case Report Loeys-Dietz Syndrome by Deanna Fry
  • Assessment of Patient Health Literacy in Genetic Counseling Sessions by Shannon Hefferan
  • How do prenatal genetic counselors manage rare autosomal trisomies detected via NIPT by Hannah Jochem
  • Barrier Genetic Counselors Encounter While Practicing in Rural United States by Taylor Smith
  • Provision of Genetic Counseling for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Patients by Lindsey Orozco
  • COVID-19 Impact on Practice of Clinical Genetic Counselors by Ann Faulkner

Research projects for our recent graduates students

  • Education of Medical Examiners Regarding Postmortem Genetic Testing in Cases of Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) and Sudden Unexplained Death (SUD) by Rachel Campagna (accepted 2020 NSGC Poster)
  • Physician Opinions on Mosaicism in Preimplantation Genetic Screening and Genetic Counseling by Irene Ford (accepted 2020 NSGC Poster)
  • The Effects of Practicing Mindfulness on Levels of Compassion Fatigue in Genetic Counselors by Cartney Knecht
  • Comparing Genetic Counseling Admissions Processes: Pre- and Post Third Pary National Matching Service by Audrey Samuelson
  • Factors Influencing Current and Prospective Genetic Counselors’ Awareness of and Preparation for the Genetic Counseling Profession by Amanda Hoff
  • Strategies that Counselors Use to Prepare for New Specialty Positions by Ellen Fellers
  • Factors Contributing to Patient Engagemetn in Services Following Consumer-Initied Genetic Testing by Sami Witt
  • Factors that inform genetic counseling students' personal opinions about abortion by Courtney Schuiteman (accepted 2020 NSGC Poster)
  • Understanding genetic counselors' perceptions of duty to warm by Lexi Lash
  • Familial Hypercholesterolemia Patient Knowledge Assessment by Samantha Toy
  • Genetic Counseling Perspectives of Current Informed Consent for Prenatal Screening by Courtney Asman
  • Dissecting the Role of Genetic Counselors in Patient Informed Consent for Whole Exome Sequencing (WES) by Nicole Collins
  • Patient Reported Outcome Measurement as a Treatment Tool in Genetic Counseling by Katherine Ross
  • A Case Study of Prenatal Liver Tumor Presentation in Simpson-Golabi-Behmel Syndrome by Brooke Sample (preparing for publication)
  • A Case Report on novel cancer associated with CHEK2 pathogenic variant by Kassi Brooks (preparing for publication)
  • Sources of Patient Education and Knowledge of Genetic Contributions to Diabetes by Adam Stucke 
  • Patient Understanding of Variants of Uncertain Significance by Jessica Caboatje
  • Primary Care Provider Use of Family History for Referral Strategies to Genetics/Genetic Counseling by Caroline Estes
  • Factors Influencing the Information on Prenatal Diagnosable Disabilities Given to Parents by Trisha Neidlinger
  • Trends in Options Discussed During Prenatal Genetic Counseling Session by Miranda Ruben (Poster at NSGC 2018)
  • Hereditary Sensory Autonomic Neuropathy (HSAN) Rase report and Literature Review by Kyra Firestone (published)
  • Primrose Syndrome Case Report and Literature Review by Caitlyn Ricks (preparing for publication)