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.

Nivedita Ahlawat It gets worse and then it gets better”: Experiences of adolescents and young adults adapting to postnatal diagnosis of sex chromosome aneuploidy
Daniela Diaz Caro Perspectives on precision medicine among sexual and gender minority community members
Braeden Ego
Refining risk stratification for sudden cardiac death and heart failure in Dilated Cardiomyopathy: Leveraging the power of family history and genetic testing to increase accuracy
Kate Elliott "I wouldn't want anything that would change who he is."  The relationship between perceptions of identity and attitudes towards hypothetical gene-editing in parents of children with autosomal aneuploidies 
Gaby Lee Waiting for the end of the diagnostic odyssey: Factors influencing the time it takes for patients to complete exome sequencing
Hannah Llorin
Tumor Genomic Profiling (TGP) - Identified mutations In moderate risk breast and ovarian cancer genes: A worthy target for germline confirmatory testing
Kathleen Murphy

Provider perceptions of patient experiences considering pregnancy terminations after a fetal genetic diagnosis or ultrasound anomaly during the COVID-19 pandemic

Miles Picus Family communication of cancer genetic test results: A qualitative exploration of patients’ experiences sharing results
Jennifer Siranosian Exploring prenatal testing preferences among pregnant women: A discrete choice experiment
Caroline Stanclift Researcher views on multi-omics return of results in the Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium (MoTrPAC)
Monty Worthington Variant reclassification in a hereditary cancer clinic: prevalence, rate and impacts to health management