Each genetic counseling student is required to complete a departmental research project as a requirement of graduation from the Program. The goals and requirements of the Research project are as follows:

  • *To gain an understanding of how research projects are developed and implemented.
  • *To understand methodology and methods of data analysis, and when to implement.
  • *To gain experience with the institutional requirements for research, including the IRB approval process.
  • *To formally write up [in a publishable paper format] and orally present the project at the Graduate Student Colloquium that will occur shortly prior to graduation.
  • *To present a poster at a professional meeting when possible

Each student is supported by a research committee, comprised of at least three faculty members. Each committee has at least one member with expertise in the topic of the project and one member with expertise in the methodology to be employed. In addition, each committee contains at least one genetic counselor and one member of the Stanford Genetic Counseling Research Oversight Committee. Other committee members can include individuals from other disciplines and backgrounds, whether within Stanford or from an outside institution.

Students are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract to a professional meeting in the year immediately following their completion, and/or publishable paper in a peer-reviewed journal. We are proud to have a 50% publication rate for student research projects. 

Thesis Projects

We are very proud to have a ~50% publication rate for student research projects.

Stephanie Booke
Genetic Counselors' Attitudes Towards and Practice Related to Psychiatric Conditions
Daiana Bucio
A genetic counseling needs assessment of Mexico
Abby D'Angelo Assessing Genetic Counselors’ Experiences with Physician Aid-in-Dying and Practice Implications
Athena Ganetsos
Stress and Coping in Caregivers of Children with Rasopathies: Assessment of the Impact of Caregiver Conferences
Madeline Graf Use of genetic risks in pediatric organ transplantation listing decisions: a national survey
Daisy Hernandez
The Roles of Professional Medical Interpreters in the Medical and Metabolic Genetics Clinics with Spanish-Speaking Limited English Proficient Patients
Lily Hoffman-Andrews
Attitudes of people with inherited retinal conditions toward gene editing technology
Michelle Pacione
Perspectives on Spinraza (Nusinersen) Treatment Study: Views of Individuals and Parents of Children Diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Jessica Park
Genetic Counselors’ Perceptions ofUncertainty in Pretest Counseling for Genomic Sequencing: A Qualitative Study
Kim Zayhowski
Cancer genetic counselors’ experiences with transgender patients: an exploratory qualitative study