Genetic Counseling Alumni
Thesis Projects

Having our students acknowledged for their academic and professional efforts validates the strength of Arcadia's program and the quality of its students and graduates. Students are encouraged to submit their theses for presentation and or publication. A significant number of students have taken on this challenge, and several of them have had their work selected for presentation and or publication.

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2013

Cabey, Rachael Views and experiences of pro-life genetic counselors related to value conflicts in the career setting.
Chowns, Jessica Young women (18-25) with BRCA mutations in the family: Motivations for or against testing.
Davis, Allison The effect of visual aids on knowledge, anxiety, and health behaviors.
Ebrahimzadeh, Jessica Assessing the qualities that guide genetic counselors’ choice for genetic testing laboratories.
Hyatt, Colette Pre-symptomatic genetic testing of monozygotic and dizygotic twins: Looking at a twin perspective.
Koprowski, Kristen Exploring the impact of the diagnostic process on patients evaluated for Marfan Syndrome and their families.
Levenseller, Brooke L. An investigation of genetic counselors’ testing recommendations: Pedigree analysis and the use of multi-gene breast cancer panels.
Lundy, Meghan Orthopedic Manifestations and Implications for Individuals with Costello Syndrome
Mighion, Lindsey Effects of giving bad news on compassion fatigue in genetic counselors and possible implications for NIPT.
Narcisa, Vivien L. Identifying the social, emotional, and practical needs of teenagers with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome.
Scarano, Maria Irene Endocrine manifestations in patients affected by 22q11.2 deletion syndrome.
Schultz, Kathryn Z. Comparing face perception skill in Williams syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, Prader-Willi syndrome, mild intellectual disability and typical development.
Shah, Divya Professional issues for international genetic counselors.

2012

Amlie-Wolf, Louise Renal Anomalies, Polyhydramnios and Single Umbilical Artery as Prenatal Clues to the Diagnosis of 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome
Clark, Marissa Non-invasive Prenatal Testing: Views of Genetic Counselors and Implications for the Profession
Everhart, Samantha Factors Influencing Clinician Satisfaction with APOE Genotype Disclosure Counseling Sessions: The REVEAL Study
Gomez, Alejandra Assessment of Genetic Counselors’ Views and Attitudes towards Providing Consent for the Use and Storage of Newborn Screen Dried Blood Spots
Hildebrandt, Alysia Uveal Melanoma: Exploring Patients’ Desire for a Personalized Risk Assessment of Developing Metastatic Disease through Genetic Testing
Kiely, Rachel Genetic Counselors’ Views of Consanguineous Couples
Liu, Hongbin Novel Clinical Manifestations in Pallister-Killian Syndrome
Rickard, Stacey Orthopedic Manifestations and Implications for Individuals with Costello Syndrome
Schilling, Christina Follow the Money: A Descriptive Assessment of the History, Challenges, and Barriers to the Funding of Genetics Services in New York State
Tarpinian, Jennifer Determining Genetic Counselors’ Perspectives on the Applicability and Implications of Universal Carrier Tests
Tusi, Jessica “Permission to Open Up Pandora’s Box”: Participants’ Views of Whole Exome Sequencing Research
Winheld, Stephanie Determining Factors that Influence Reproductive Decision-Making in Women with Epilepsy

2011

Allan, Catherine  Seeking a Diagnosis: Parental/Guardian Interest and Motivation
Bomba, Kathryn  Barriers Towards Perinatal Autopsies
Capasso, Jenina  Parental Disclosure: Predictors of Content BRCA Positive Parents Discuss with Their Minor Offspring
Clarke, Colleen  Retrospective Analysis of Metabolic Profiles in Primary Mitochondrial Disease
Cook, Rebecca  Assessing the Utility of Four Educational Videos Concerning Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
Eberhard, Moriah  Assessing the Effectiveness of Provider Education for the SNP Microarray: A Pilot Study
Folk, Leandra  The Development of a Doctorate Degree in Genetic Counseling: A National Survey of the Opinions and Concerns of Genetic Counselors
Hartman, Jessica  Assessing the Spanish-Speaking Interpreter's Understanding of Prenatal Genetic Counseling
Hoard, Michelle  Qualitative Analysis of the Psychosocial Impact of Limited Interaction Amongst People With CF: The Patient's Perspective
McCormick, Elizabeth  Assessing Genotype-Phenotype Correlation in Costello Syndrome With the Use of a Severity Score
McLarney, Brittany  Creating a Useful Book about Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency for Adolescents
Mueller, Rebecca  From Colonization to Isolation: Tracking the Risks and Repercussions of Cross-infection in Cystic Fibrosis
Roberts, Melanie  Exploring Social Adjustment and Coping Strategies in Young Adults with Treacher Collins Syndrome
Wisniewski, Natalia  Pharmacogenomics and the Clinic: Patient Expectations of Pharmacogenetic Testing and Delivery and the Potential Role for Genetic Counselors

2010

Ahimaz, Priyanka  Assessment of Attitudes Toward Genetic Counseling For Family Members of Patients with Parkinson Disease
Child, Andrea  Client Follow-up in a Community Hospital Cancer Risk Assessment Program: Utility of the Annual Questionnaire
Forgeng, Courtney  Assessing the Knowledge and Attitudes of Genetic Counseling Students on Pharmacogenomics
Garin, Katie  Adult Management of Phenylketonuria
Grey, Becky  Genetic Counselors' Utilization of CHEK2 Testing
Kaczmarek, Amy  Assessing the Use of Social Support Systems by Men with Kennedy's Disease
Leighton, Justin   The General Public's Understanding and Perception of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Test Results
Rainey, Kim  The experiences of individuals who receive true negative results from BRCA testing: A qualitative pilot study
Seyer, Lauren  The Development of a Doctorate Degree in Genetic Counseling: An Investigation of Current Opinions and Future Considerations
Sutcliffe, Erin  Attitudes toward and perceptions of genetic testing for Familial Defective Apolipoprotein B-100 within the Amish community
Tietsworth, Candace   Survey of the History and Treatment of Seizures in Individuals with Chromosome 15q Duplications
Wells, McKenzie  Assessing Factors Involved in Genetic Counselors' Support of Predictive Genetic Testing in Minors
Zelley, Kristin  Identifying the Unmet Needs of Women with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia

2009

Brenner, Laurie  Genetic Counselors' Views of Patient Misperceptions in Counseling Sessions: A Qualitative Study.
Depas, Morgan  The Knowledge and Attitudes of Adult Women with Cystic Fibrosis toward Reproduction and Genetic Testing
Gomez, Daisy  Overcoming Communication Barriers From the Perspective of Medical Interpreters
Kron, Katherine  Factors Influencing Reproductive Decision-Making Among Individuals with Epilepsy: Assessing the Importance of Offspring Risk Perception.
Lyons, Michelle  Addressing the Needs of Orthodox Jews Receiving Genetic Counseling for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis
Mento, Sandra  Prevention and Detection of Breast Cancer in
BRCA Mutation Carriers.
Polinsky, Cristina  Medical Management Decision Making Following Uninformative BRCA1/BRCA2 Genetic Test Result Disclosure.
Reinwald, Joanna  An Assessment of Chinese-English Alpha-Thalassemia Pamphlets: Is Chinese Hazardous to Your Health?
 Roman, Sandra  An assessment of general genetic knowledge, perceived risks and attitudes towards genetic counseling in Hispanic patients.
Schofield, Elizabeth  Assessment of level II ultrasound screenings for women of AMA between 18 and 22 gestational weeks in pregnancies with chromosomally normal fetuses.
Sellers, Heather  Differences in Ovarian Cancer Risk Awareness and Screening Practices Between Women with Hereditary Breast and/or Ovarian Cancer Syndrome (HBOC) and Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colorectal Cancer Syndrome (HNPCC): A Pilot Study.
Stroh, Eliza  Attitudes of Genetic Counselors Toward Presenting Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis for Ruling Out Disease and for Non-medical Purposes.
Tsikerdanos, Colleen  Effects of a Counselor's Pregnancy on Prenatal Genetic Counseling Sessions.

2008

Brandt, Amanda  Communication of BRCA1/2 Mutation Test Results to At-risk Family Members: A Male's Perspective
Charles, Melanie  How Much Do Women Know About Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome? Assessing the Knowledge and Beliefs of Women with PCOS
Coffey, Lauren  The Audiological Assessment of Patients with the 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome
Dewys, Amanda  Prenatal Genetic Counseling Referral Perceptions in Spanish and English Speaking Patients
Feret, Holly  An Assessment of Genetic Counselors' Attitudes towards Individuals with Schizophrenia 
Heuer, Carolyn  Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: Genetic Counselors' Attitudes and Practices
Howard, Erika  The Impact of Uninformative BRCA1/2 Results in African American Women: Understanding, Risk Perception, and Cancer Worry 
Kowalski, Megan  Exploring the Unmet Needs and Unanswered Questions of Adolescents and Young Aadults with Craniosynostosis 
MacKeverican, Beth  Huntington's Disease: Are Supportive Services Meeting the Needs of Caregivers?
Primeau, Sarah  Implicit Attitudes of Healthcare Workers Towards Facial Dysmorphology
Rennig, Corrine  A Child's Diagnosis of Marfan Syndrome: A Description of Parental Experiences
Turner, Tiffany  The Assessment of Parental Attitudes, Concerns, and Understanding About Genetic Testing for Non-syndromic Bilateral Sensorineural Hearing Loss

2007

Boni, Charlotte   The Assessment of Genetic Counselors' Attitudes Toward Breast Cancer Susceptibility Testing Prior to Surgical Intervention
Cressman, Marcie   An Assessment of Nurses' Bedside Knowledge of Genetics
Kovalcin, Mary Beth  Cancer Incidence in Grandparents of Children with Achondroplasia at the Time of Diagnosis
Lowe, Kathryn  Determining the Number of Individuals with Anophthalmia/Microphthalmia Who Have Received Chromosome Analysis and Renal Ultrasound Evaluations
Monaco, Laura  The Assessment of Genetic Counselors' Perceptions, Attitudes, and Current Practice Towards Counseling for Psychiatric Illnesses
Pryzbylski, Amber  How Having a Family History of a Genetic Condition Affects Genetic Counselor Practice
Santini Smith, Andrea  Identifying Barriers to Prenatal Genetic Counseling Services in Rural Areas: A Pilot Study
Szak, Megan  Using the Implicit Association Test to Evaluate How Education Changes Perceptions of Dysmorphology
Tandy, Stephany  Genome-wide Expression Arrays On Lymphoblasts Of Children With Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS)

2006 

Bobis, Rachel  Genetic Counselors and Interdisciplinary Health Care Teams: Team Members' Knowledge of Genetic Counselors' roles
Clay, Dana  Perceived Risk, General Knowledge, and Attitudes Toward Predictive Testing in Unaffected Individuals with a Family History of Frontotemporal Dementia
Delany, Mary  Reproductive Decisions After the Birth of a Child with Cystic Fibrosis
Giatropoulos, Christina  Obstetric Issues in Women with Skeletal Dysplasia: What Women Want
Hamman, Kelly  The State of Genetic Counseling in Assisted Reproductive Technology
Koch, Kristi  The Unaffected Sibling: Parental Accounts of Sibling Interactions in Families Where a Child Has Williams Syndrome
Martin, Joanna  Genetic Counselors As Part of a Multidisciplinary Team Involved in the Care of individuals with Turner Syndrome
Roberts, Vicki  Assessment of Pennsylvania Pediatricians' Knowledge of and Roles in the Newborn Screening System
Savage, Melissa  Discovering Self-efficacy in Patients with Von Hippel-Lindau Disease
Schmidlen, Tara  Genetic Counseling Versus Genetic Consulting: Evaluating the Impact of a Name on the Expectations of Service
Shehan, Erin  The Effects of Huntington Disease on Patients and Their Spouses
Zoladz, Jessica  The Importance of Genetic Counseling for Individuals and Family Members of Affected Individuals with a Diagnosis of a Retinal Degenerative Disease

2005

Ahern, Meagan  Craniosynostosis and its Impact on Family Functioning
Carre, Amanda  Determining Health Supervision Guidelines for Children with Overgrowth Syndromes
Charles, Sarah  Patient Satisfaction with Genetic Counseling for BRCA1 and BRCA2 Mutations in African American Women
Close, Lindsey  Genetic Counseling for Schizophrenia: The Views Expressed by Family Members of Affected Individuals
Corbman, Melanie  Assessing the Genetic Counseling Needs of Families Affected by Glycogen Storage Disease
Gablik, Joanne  What Teens Need to Know: Genetics 101. The Development and Implementation of an Educational Module
Giuliano, Dawn  The Spouse as the Patient: The Effect of Huntington Disease on the Spouse
Hoffman, Kim  Special Educators' Knowledge of Genetic Mental Retardation Syndromes: A Needs Assessment
Jiorle, Beth  Psychosocial Aspects of Young Adults Living with Cystic Fibrosis
Kent, Jessica  Neonatal Diagnosis of Prader-Willi Syndrome: An Assessment of Parental Needs
Lee, Kerri  A Retrospective Evaluation of Second Trimester Maternal Serum Screening in Pregnancies with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome
Smith, Lauren  Uptake of Prenatal Genetic Testing Services Among Underserved Populations

2004

Fels, Christina  Accuracy of Patient Risk Perception and How it Correlates to Patient's Trust of Provided Risk Information
Harris, Stacy  Investigation of Skewed X-Inactivation Status in Females with Optiz G/BBB Syndrome and a Novel Mutation in MID1
Johnson, Holly  An Evaluation of Barriers to Carrier Testing in the Ashkenazi Jewish Population: A Pilot Study with a Focus Group of College Students
Senecoff, Julie  Competencies for Genetic Counselors in the Pharmaceutical Industry: Pharmacogenomic Clinical Trials
Zonno, Kristi  In Search of Barriers to Testing When There is a Known Mutation in the Family: Development of a Survey to Assess Communication Patterns and Genetic Testing Uptake in Familes with a Known BRCA1 or BRCA 2 Muation

2003

Armeli, Christina  The Level of Awareness of β-Thalassemia in Italian and Italian-American Populations
Baeslach, Christen   Quality of Life in Patients with a Family History of Colorectal Cancer and Other Influences of Quality of Life
Bianco, Nicole  Communicating Numerical Risk Information in Genetic Counseling
Corsetti, Stephanie  Giving Parents a Diagnosis of NF1 for their Children: Quantitative Analysis of the Counseling Process
D'Ambruoso, Lisa  One Family's Experience with Sex Chromosome Aneuploidy and Mosaicism: A Case Report
Ennis, Sara  Hearing Loss and Genetic Testing: Assessing Prenatal Views that Inform Decision Making
Gehris, Pamela  Congenital Left-Sided Lesions of the Heart: A Cohort Study
Keenan, Meredith  A Pilot Study: Assessing the Needs of Adolescents Diagnosed with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
Klingler, Elizabeth  Implicit and Explicit Attitudes of Genetic Counselors Towards Dysmorphology
Ober, Janet  Awareness of the Genetic Counseling Profession at Undergraduate Colleges
Oetting, Lisa  An Issue of Informed Consent: An Investigation of Parental Attitudes about the Informed Consent Process for Genetic Counseling
Peterman, Christine  An Assessment of High School Students' Knowledge and Attitudes Toward Specific Genetic Diseases
Walther, Susan  Sulfation Pharmacogenetics: Relationship of Phenol Sulfotransferase SULT1A1 Genotype to Activity Phenotype in MCF-7 Cells

2002

Blasko, Jessica  The Potential Influence of Web Site Reliability in Cancer Risk Counseling
Coughlin, Curtis  Genetic Diagnosis of Mental Retardation and the Implications of Fragile X Syndrome on Family Dynamics: Case Studies
Flora, Christina  From Mystery to Medicine: An Analysis of the Findings Associated with Primordial Dwarfism, ODPD, Undifferentiated Type
McKay, Suzanne  Neonatal Screening Tests: Differences in Opinion between Parents and Physicians
Moitz-Fiorito, Aimee  Possible Partial Trisomy 19p: A Case Study
Mushlin, Jamie  Characteristics of Women at High Risk for Developing Breast Cancer at Pre-Counseling, Post-Counseling, and Follow-Up
Shah, Kinjal  The Level of Awareness of β-Thalassemia in Asian Indians
Tonnesen, Melissa  The 22q11.2 Deletion: A Survey of Familial and De Novo Cases Comparing Parents' Medical Management of their Children with the Deletion, Parents' Medical Knowledge of the Deletion, and Parents' Social Support Resources
Wagner, Danielle  A Needs Assessment of Elementary School Teachers Regarding Genetic Conditions
Woolley, Elizabeth  Family-Centered Care: Improving Parent-Infant Relationships in Neonatal Intensive Care Units. A Pilot Study of Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the Greater Delaware Valley
Wright, Shannon  Are Pediatric Genetic Counselors Addressing the Concerns of Their Clients?

2001 

Bryant, Jennifer  Understanding the Complex Genetics of Pheochromocytoma: Revised Recommendations for Genetic Testing
Catanzaro, Jason  Maternal Risk Factors and the Severity of Congenital Heart Disease in Infants with the 22q 11.2 Deletion Syndrome
Goss, Devin  Access to Health Care in the Genetic Counseling Setting
Lyman, Mollie  Genetic Counselor Shortage: Myth or Fact?
Merchant, Amanda  Women with Neural Tube Defects for Pregnancy Histories of Neural Tube Defects: Their Views on Genetic Counseling
Smith, Jennifer  Exploring the Genetic Counselor's Role When Working with Families and Bereaved Siblings
Whoolery, Kara  Psychosocial, Occupational and Service Needs of Adults with Williams Syndrome
Yaeger, Dinah  Anxiety and Optimism in Parents of Children with Smith-Magenis Syndrome

2000

Binns, Victoria  Assessing the Need to Expand the Profession: Should Genetic Counselors be Employed by Dialysis Corporations?
Bock Keep, Rosanne  Are Pediatric Genetic Counselors Addressing the Concerns of Their Clients?
Everest, Amy  Osteogenesis Imperfecta and Child Abuse Accusations: Case studies
Hennig, Anastacia  The Level of Awareness of β-thalassemia in Greek-Americans
Jay Kessler, Lisa  Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome: Family and Individual Coping and the Role of a Genetic Counselor
Jenny, Kim  The Effectiveness of Genetic Counseling for Families of Children with Smith-Magenis Syndrome
Keelean, Debra  The Need for Adequate Pretest Counseling in Obstetrics Prior to Offering Maternal Serum Screening
Levin, Elissa  Down Syndrome and the Family: A Survey of Maternal and Paternal Perceptions of the Family Experience, Future Family Planning, and Counseling
Peck, Dawn  The 'Forgotten Parent': A Survey of the Experiences and Attitudes of the Male Partner Regarding Prenatal Testing and Genetic Counseling
Lloyd Rabinowitz, Stacy  A Survey of the Anxiety Level of Women Over the Age of 34 Seen for Prenatal Genetic Counseling

1999

Brandt, Rachael Tripi  A Relationship Between the Ability to Breast Feed and the Onset of Clearly Audible Speech in Children with Down Syndrome
Conway, Laura  Pharmacogenetics: Use of Genetic Information to Predict Safety and Efficacy of Pharmaceutical Agents
Dwyer, Mary  Parents' and Patients' Attitudes Towards Genetic Testing for Corneila de Lange Syndrome and Alagille Syndrome
Moore, Christine  Genetic Counseling and the Visually Impaired
Rossello, Kathleen  Issues of Quality in Genetic Counseling: Examining the Goals of Counseling and the Process Factors Related to Patient Satisfaction
Schmidt, Stacy  Genetic Education for Primary Care Physicians
Sellers, Tina  Risk Assessment: A Genetic Counselor's Unique Experience with the Comprehensive Risk Assessment Program for Menopausal Women
Wolfe, Eileen  Rabbinical Knowledge and Practices Related to Genetic Counseling in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey
Young, Megan  Melanoma Risk Perceptions, Risk Behaviors, and Screening Practices in Melanoma Families

1998 

Barbagallo, Joyce  Maternal Serum Screening of Women Over Age 35: Influence Upon the Decision to Accept or Decline Amniocentesis
Bolufer-Laurentie, Ines  The Role HOX Genes Play in Abnormal Human Development
Creighton, Mary Anne  Genetic Discrimination by Health Insurers and Employers: The State of the Issue
DeLany, Shannan  Attitudes of Pediatric Nurses: A Qualitative Study Assessing the Impact of Cultural, Professional, and Personal Experiences in Formulating Attitudes about Genetic Conditions
Hubbard, Gail  Possible Alterations in Cancer Predisposition Genes That are Unique to the Mennonite Population
Icke, Katherine  Multiple Marker Screening for Aneuploidy in Ovum Donor Pregnancies: Comparison of Risks Using Donor Age vs. Recipient Age
Kramer, Stephanie  Early Intervention and Special Education Personnel's Awareness of Genetic Services
Lemech, Michelle  The Asian Client: Impact of Culture in Genetic Counseling
Weaver, Amybeth  Pastoral Counseling and Genetic Counseling: A Survey of Client Perception, Expectation, and Satisfaction

1997

Dickinson, Susan  Cancer Risk Evaluation Program Impact Study
Donahoo, Kristen  Clergy Interest in Genetics Education and Its Impact on Genetic Counselors
Dunstone, Robin  The Public's Knowledge of Genetic Information
Farmer, Jennifer Marie  Using Genograms as a Counseling Tool to Focus on the Family
Hoess, Katie  Strategies for Assessment of Recurrence Risk in Angelman Syndrome
Jarzebowicz, Amy Ann  Practice Guidelines for Genetic Testing in Children: A Proposal
McMahon, Carrie  Familial Holoprosencephaly A Study of Clinical Manifestations
Megerian Bardakjian, Tanya  Anophthalmia: Genetic Counseling Issues
Tambini, Lorien  Possible Associations of Prophylactic Mastectomy Consideration with Various Factors Measured in Baseline Questionnaires at Fox Chase Cancer Center

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