Genetic Counseling Program

About Nancy Callanan, M.S., C.G.C.

Program Director and Clinical Professor
Nancy Callanan,
M.S., C.G.C.
Primary interests in counseling and educational needs in genetic screening programs.

Nancy Callanan, Director of the UNCG Genetic Counseling Program received her MS in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College in 1977, and was certified in genetic counseling by the American Board of Medical Genetics in 1982. She has over 20 years of clinical experience, primarily in the areas of prenatal and pediatric/general genetic counseling (University of Connecticut - 1977-1980; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - 1980-1999). In 1998, Ms. Callanan was an invited member of the planning committee for the UNCG MS Genetic Counseling Program, and was appointed Director of the program in 1999.

Ms. Callanan has been actively involved in genetics professional organizations throughout her career. She has served three terms on the Board of Directors for the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) as Regional Representative (1983-85), Secretary (1992-95), and Presidential Rotation (2005-2008). She was a member of the ad hoc committee that drafted the NSGC Code of Ethics that was completed in 1992, and received the NSGC Regional Leadership Award in 1999. In 2008 she was awarded the NSGC Natalie Weissberger Paul Lifetime Achievement Award.

She also served as an elected member of the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) from 2000-2005 and as ABGC President (2004-2005). She served as the ABGC liaison to the National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics (NCHPEG) from 2002-2005. She is also a member of the Association for Genetic Counseling Program Directors and served as President of this organization from 2007-2009.

At UNCG, Ms. Callanan was an appointed member of the Graduate Studies Committee (2001–2003; 2009-2010) and served as GSC Chair for the 2002-2003 academic year. She was also appointed to a three year term on the UNCG Institutional Review Board (2008-2010).

Her research interests include the educational and counseling needs of individuals undergoing carrier testing, prenatal screening, and newborn screening and clinical supervision in genetic counseling.

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  • "I chose to attend UNCG because of its shared learning environment and the access to some of the leading institutions in the country. "

  • "UNCG is a great fit for me. The program directors have extensive experience in the world of genetic counseling and provide you with opportunities to work with some of the best medical centers in the country. Our location allows us to have expert guest lecturers, many of whom you also get to work alongside or observe in your clinical rotations in your second year. We also have some really wonderful and unique opportunities as a part of this program: we observe in syndrome specific support groups and clinics, tour genetic laboratories, and are matched with a family with a genetic disease to learn what it is like to live with a genetic condition. Finally, our directors are genuinely invested in each of us, and care about our success and getting to know each of us personally."

  • "The director and assistant director do their best to ensure that our program provides a collaborative learning experience.  Both are active members of the Genetic Counseling community and strive to introduce you to all aspects of this field.  We also have renowned clinical sites and the beautiful state of North Carolina at our disposal.”