Genetic Counseling Program

Capstone Project Abstracts

Class of 2013

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Class of 2013

An Exploration of the Availability of Perinatal Palliative Care Services: Services Genetic Counselors Provide When No Formal Perinatal Palliative Care Service is Available By Erin Eaton

Perceptions of Self-Efficacy in Select Supervision Competencies Among Clinical Supervisors in Genetic Counseling  By Sabra Ledare Finley

Billing, Reimbursement, and Barriers of the Genetic Counseling CPT Code:  The North Carolina Experience.  By Rebecca Fowler

Application of the NSGC Practice Guidelines for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Genetic Counseling to Male Patients.  By Kati L. Joseph

Standardization of Nuchal Translucency Assessments: Cutoffs, Recommendations and Counseling Approaches.  By Amy Kendall

Knowledge, Understanding and Coping Strategies of Siblings of Children with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome.  By Rebecca A. Okashah

Needs Assessment and Evaluation of Resources Available to Couples Following Termination of Pregnancy for Fetal Indications.  By Anna Wesseler


Class of 2012


Exploring Genetic Counseling Licensure in North Carolina: Current Attitudes and Pursuits of Licensure Borth Nationally and Locally. By Michelle Burch

Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome:  A systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. By Natanya Fleming

Strategies to Increase Student Awareness of Genetic Counseling as a Career Option as Perceived by High School Science Teachers.  By Brittney N. Guerrero

Coping Mechanisms in Fathers of Children with Mucopolysaccharidoses.  By Julie D. Jesiolowski

The Natural History of Pregnancies Diagnosed with Down Syndrome:  Developing Counseling and Pregnancy Management GuidelinesBy Courtney Kiss

The Incorporation of Predictive Genomic Testing into Genetic Counseling Programs.  By Ryan Noss

College Students’ Knowledge of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).  By  Sara Wienke

Exploring the Relationship Between Diagnoses of Congenital Anomalies or Genetic Conditions and Postpartum Depression:  A Retrospective Study.  By Meagan Wisenhart


Class of 2011

Assessment and Resource Development for the NC Neurofibromatosis Support Group  By Amy Furches Blevins

Cutaneous Melanoma Risk Factors and Risk Perceptions: A Comparison between Positive Family History and Negative Family History Melanoma Patients By Jessica Bogacik

Development of an Interview Guide to Assess Parental Disclosure of a 22q11 Deletion Syndrome Diagnosis to the Child as well as Informational and Support Needs.   By Dana Faux

Increasing Undergraduate Student Awareness of Genetic Counseling as a Career Choice.   By Melanie Hardy

Descriptive Life Experiences of Adults with Myelomeningocele   By Kelly McMahon

Knowledge and Attitudes of Pharmacists on Pharmacogenetics   By Michael Osborne

Public Health Genetic Counselors: Roles, Knowledge, Skills and Where to Learn.   By Mallory Schultz

Impact of EGAPP Recommendations for Colorectal Cancer Genetic Testing On Genetic Counseling Sessions.  By Emily Walsh


Class of 2010


Conceptualizations of “Genetic Disease’ Among Undergraduates:  How Common are Beliefs in Genetic Exceptionalism, Really?  By Deanne Alexis Carrere

North Carolina Primary Care Providers Awareness, Perceptions, Experience and use of Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Tests.  By Whitney Cogswell

Talking to Those Who Have Been There:  Identifying Barriers to Adult Health Care for Individuals with Phenylketonuria.  By Kristen Cornell

Evaluation of Biotech 101: An Educational Outreach Program in Genetics and Biotechnology.  By Kelly M East

Genetic Counseling Inter-personal and Intra-personal Individual Variability in Risk Assessment and Prediction of BRCA1 and BRCA2 Mutations.  By Courtney McGuire

Factors Influencing Patient Decisions to Decline Prenatal Genetic Counseling: A Pilot Study.  By Theresa Mihalic

The Relationship Between Nuchal Fold Measurement and Ethnicity.  By Holly Taylor 

Pregnancy Outcomes in Survivors of Abdominal Wall Defects.  By Brooke Rush


Class of 2009

Informational and Logistical Needs of Women with BRCA Mutations Post-Results Disclosure.  By Angie Anido

Practice Patterns of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in North Carolina Regarding Screening and Testing for Aneuploidy.  By Lori Carpenter

A Survey of Patient Goals and Outcomes in the Adult Genetic Counseling Session.  By Katie Farmer

Follow-up Support: How State-Level Newborn Screening Programs Educate the Parents of Newborns Identified as Carriers of Cystic Fibrosis.  By Kate Major

Prevalence of Major Aneuploidy Markers for Down Syndrome in the Hispanic Population.  By Lindsay Presley

Development of a Genetic Counseling Career Assessment Tool: Finding the Right Fit.  By Diana Smith

Genetic Counselors’ Knowledge and Utilization of the Implications of the Cognitive and Behavioral Phenotype of Fragile X Syndrome.  By Asheley Supik

Development of a Resource for Genetic Counselors Addressing Guidelines and Ethical Issues in Genetics Research.  By Tomi Toler

Class of 2008

Multiple Role Relationships in the Training of Genetic Counseling Students.  By Leah Betman

Genetic Counseling Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Individual Variability in Risk Assessment and Prediction of BRCA1 and BRCA2 Mutations.  By Claire Healy

The Student Perspective of Clinical Supervision for the Training of Genetic Counselors.  By Beth Hudson

Determining the Level of Audience Interest in Journal Podcasting.  By Tanya Lehfeldt

Methods of educating Physicians About  Uncommon Genetic Disorders: The Stickler Syndrome Awareness Project.  By Rachel Mills

Knowing your “Beginnings” Make for Better “Endings”: Community Outreach and The Importance of Family Health History.  By Jackie Powers

Patient Perceptions of Usefulness of Cancer Genetic Counseling Summary Letters.  By Emily Rettner

A Medical Records Review of Pregnancy Outcomes of Patients with Type I Gaucher Disease Either On or Off Enzyme Replacement Therapy.  By Kate Watson


Class of 2007

Prevelence and Patient Satisfaction of Telephoned BRCA1/2 Genetic Test Results.   By Larisa Baumanis

Stem Cell Transplantation for the treatment of Krabbe disease: An update for Practicing Genetic Counselors. By Rebecca Crimian

Development of a JEMF Proposal to Identify Core Areas of Knowledge, Competencies and Personal Traits that Promote Effective Genetic Counseling Student Supervisors. By Kim Guthrie

Are Health Professional Advisors an Under-Utilized Resource for Recruiting Students and Diversity into the Genetic Counseling Field?  By Amanda Noyes

Development of a Web-Based Curriculum for Medical Students Addressing the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Genetics. By Shana Merrill

Treatment Options for Patients with MPSII (Hunter Syndrome) and MPS III (Sanfilippo Syndrome): How Do Families Make the Choice?  By Amanda Padro

A Comparison of African American and Caucasian Women: With Whom They Share BRCA1/2 Genetic Testing Results and Why.  By Kacey Platky

How African American men share prostate cancer risk with family members: a pilot study.  By Linda Smith


Class of 2006


Genetic Counselor's Attitudes Towards Anonymous Testing for BRCA 1/2. By Tammy Ader

A Pilot study screen for prevalence of iron deficiency in child with Down syndrome.  By Melissa Alderdice

Giving Good Information: Health Literacy and a 3 MCC Deficiency Educational Brochure.  By Amanda Buglio

Development of a Female Adolescent Sibling Support Group.  By Katie Fritinger

Characterization of Preoccupations in Children with Williams syndrome. By Christine McPhillips

Improving Patient Care Through the Use of Genetic Testing Forms that Adhere to Professional Recommendations.  By Alice Kraemer Tanner

The Support Needs and Barriers of Minorities: Hispanic Families and the Down Syndrome Network of Central Carolina. By K. Gayle Simpson

Nondirectiveness Genetic Counselors Perceptions, Practice and Purpose: .  By Sarah Von Schuch


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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.”