Genetic Counseling Faculty

Director

Kathy Valverde 2014Kathleen D. Valverde, M.S., C.G.C., earned a B.S. in Psychology from Binghamton University and an M.S. in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling from Sarah Lawrence College. In 1995 she assumed the position of Assistant Director of Arcadia’s Genetic Counseling program and in 2004, became the Director. She has worked in the genetic counseling field for more than 25 years with extensive expertise in cystic fibrosis. She has served on the National Society of Genetic Counselors Board of Directors and as treasurer for the Jane Engleberg Memorial Fund. She is a founding board member for the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling, serving on the executive committee as treasurer and secretary. She has published extensively and has a special interest in clinical supervision and cancer counseling.

Medical Director

Ian-KrantzIan Krantz, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, an attending physician in Genetics Services, and director of the genetics residency/fellowship program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Krantz serves on the Clinical Advisory Board for the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS) Foundation, the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research, and the Alagille Syndrome Alliance. In May 2004, a research team led by Dr. Krantz reported in Nature Genetics that they had identified a gene on chromosome 5 which, when altered, causes CdLS. Since 2002 he has been the course director for the Medical Genetic courses GC550 and 551. He regularly supervises students in clinic and provides thesis advising and mentoring.

Assistant Director

Laura-Conway2013

Laura Conway, Ph.D., C.G.C., earned a B.S. in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She engaged in research for several years before graduating in 1999 from the Genetic Counseling graduate program at Arcadia University. After graduating, she practiced as a prenatal genetic counselor for five years. Dr. Conway has served as an abstract reviewer for the National Society of Genetic Counselors, and she has been a member of the advisory group for the Jane Engelberg Memorial Fellowship, for which she has served as finance officer and chair. She has also served as chair of Arcadia University’s Institutional Review Board. Her primary interest is exploring how genetic counselors can incorporate changes in technology into their practice.

Clinical Coordinator

LisaKessler2013

Lisa Kessler, M.S., C.G.C., is the Clinical Coordinator. She graduated from the Genetic Counseling program at Arcadia University in 2000. Lisa has worked as a genetic counselor in the Division of Medical Genetics and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. She was previously a Senior Genetic Counselor at DNA Direct by Medco and gained experience in telephone counseling and pharmacogenomics. She has served as an abstract reviewer for the National Society of Genetic Counselors and has authored numerous publications throughout her career. Her primary interests are the psychosocial aspects of genetic counseling.

Adjunct Faculty

  • Elliott H. Abrams, Ph.D., Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Pennsylvania
  • Barbara Bernhardt, M.S., C.G.C., University of Pennsylvania; Division of Medical Genetics, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Laura Conlin, Ph.D., Department of Human Genetics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Melanie Corbman, M.S., C.G.C., Cancer Treatment Centers of America
  • Brenda Finucane, M.S., C.G.C., Geisinger Health System
  • Andrea Forman, M.S., C.G.C., Family Risk Assessment Program, Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Kristi Fitzgerald, M.S., C.G.C., Biochemical Genetics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Diana Harris, Ph.D., Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania
  • Paige Kaplan, M.D., Biochemical Genetics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Wendy Long, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania; Maternal Fetal Medicine/Genetics, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Rosaria Love, Ph.D., practicing clinical psychologist
  • Donna McDonald-McGinn, M.S., C.G.C., Associate Director Clinical Genetics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Livija Medne, M.S., C.G.C., Clinical Genetics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Jennifer Morrisette, Ph.D., Department of Human Genetics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Kate Nathanson, M.D., Cancer Genetics, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Steven Robbins, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Arcadia University
  • Cynthia Rutherford, M.A., Counselor, Arcadia University Counseling Center
  • Nancy Spinner, Ph.D., Department of Human Genetics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Susan Walther, M.S., C.G.C., GeneDx
  • Vivien Weinblatt, M.S., C.G.C., Integrated Genetics
  • Alisha Wilkens, M.S., C.G.C., Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Megan Wright, Ph.D., Department of Biology, Arcadia University

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