Current Role at Stanford

Program Manager for the Center for Integration of Research on Genetics and Ethics (CIRGE) at the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics (SCBE).


Education & Certifications

  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Criminology (2018)
  • B.A., Harvard University, Government and Mind, Brain, and Behavior (2011)


Journal Articles

  • Judicial Perceptions of Media Portrayals of Offenders with High Functioning Autistic Spectrum Disorders International Journal of Criminology and Sociology Berryessa, C. M. 2014; 3: 46-60
  • Ethical, legal and social issues surrounding research on genetic contributions to anti-social behavior AGGRESSION AND VIOLENT BEHAVIOR Berryessa, C. M., Martinez-Martin, N. A., Allyse, M. A. 2013; 18 (6): 605-610
  • Ethical, legal, social, and policy implications of behavioral genetics. Annual review of genomics and human genetics Berryessa, C. M., Cho, M. K. 2013; 14: 515-534


    The field of behavioral genetics has engendered a host of moral and social concerns virtually since its inception. The policy implications of a genetic basis for behaviors are widespread and extend beyond the clinic to the socially important realms of education, criminal justice, childbearing, and child rearing. The development of new techniques and analytic approaches, including whole-genome sequencing, noninvasive prenatal genetic testing, and optogenetics, has clearly changed the study of behavioral genetics. However, the social context of biomedical research has also changed profoundly over the past few decades, and in ways that are especially relevant to behavioral genetics. The ever-widening scope of behavioral genetics raises ethical, legal, social, and policy issues in the potential new applications to criminal justice, education, the military, and reproduction. These issues are especially critical to address because of their potentially disproportionate effects on vulnerable populations such as children, the unborn, and the incarcerated. Expected final online publication date for the Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics Volume 14 is . Please see for revised estimates.

    View details for DOI 10.1146/annurev-genom-090711-163743

    View details for PubMedID 23452225

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