Each genetic counseling student is required to complete a departmental research project as a requirement of graduation from the Program. To combine learning about how to conduct research in an ethical way with the practical skills needed in the profession, we require the following:

  • All students will complete a research project, but the range of topic areas and methods can vary widely (see prior project titles below)

  • During graduate school, students will complete a research seminar and a research elective, usually addressing the method or analysis approach they will utilize.  

  • Students will turn in a paper written in the format for submission to a journal.  We are proud that more than 50% of our students ultimately publish their research papers.  

  • Students will write an abstract and are encouraged to submit it to a relevant national meeting

  • Students will create a poster, and if possible present it at a local genetics meeting.  

  • Students will orally present their work at a research colloquium, usually held immediately prior to graduation. 

Thesis Projects

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

Brita Christenson
How Genetic Counselor Personal Strengths Influence Career Choice and Job Satisfaction
Kristina Cotter
Positive Attitudes and Therapeutic Misconception Around the Hypothetical Clinical Trial Participation in the Huntington’s Disease Community
Natalie Deuitch Social Media and the Diagnostic Odyssey: The Experience of Parents of Children with Undiagnosed Diseases
Laura Hayward
International Genetic Counseling: What Do Genetic Counselors Actually Do?
Josh Keyes
Development and Psychometric Analysis of Instrument to Measure High School Genetics Knowledge. GLASS: Genetics Literacy Assessment for Secondary Schools
Kim Kinnear
Factors Contributing to Job Satisfaction and Longevity in Millennial Genetic Counselors
Rachel Mangels
The Incidence of RASopathies in a Prenatal Polyhydramnios Cohort
Andrew Shaw
Analysis of the Utilization of Information Resources by Caregivers of Infants Identified to Carry Sickle Cell Trait on California Newborn Screening
Erika Snure Beckman
Attitudes Towards Hypothetical Gene Editing Technologies in Parents of People with Autosomal Aneuploidies
Kate Vlessis
Germline Testing for Patients with BRCA1/2 Mutations on Somatic Tumor Testing