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.

Alyssa Armsby International attitudes of genetics professionals toward human gene editing
Stephanie Bivona The experience of parents receiving whole exome sequencing results for their children
Danielle Dondanville
"This could be me": Exploring the impact of genetic risk for Huntington's disease young caregivers
Ellie Harrington
Multifaceted care and adherence to treatment for individuals living with methylmalonic acidemia (MMA) and propionic acidemia (PA): the caregivers’ perspective
Jessica Kianmahd Provider practice patterns and viewpoints on the use of clinical genetics services for autism: A nationwide survey of primary care and specialist physicians
Karina Liker
“It’s hard to not see yourself in some of these patients”:
Personal and professional challenges of
infertility genetic counselors
Aiste Narkeviciute Emotional and decision making responses to all aneuploid results in preimplantation genetic screening (PGS)
Megan Nathan
Genetic counselors' and genetic counseling students' implicit and explicit attitudes toward homosexuality
Julia Silver Mindfulness among genetic counselors is associated with improved empathy, burnout, compassion fatigue, and work engagement