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.

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