Arcadia University News


October 3, 2017

Dr. Sacca Presents at National Genetic Counselor Conference

On Sept. 15, Dr. Rosalba E. Sacca PhD, MSGC ’16 presented “Trans-counseling: A Case Series of Transgender Individuals at High Risk for BRCA 1 Mutations” at the National Society of Genetic Counselors' Annual Educational Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Sacca highlighted three case studies that...

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September 13, 2017

Isaacs ’18M Receives Genetic Counseling Award to Research Counselor-Patient Alliances

Genetic Counseling’s Jessica Isaacs ’18M received a 2017 Jane Engelberg Memorial Fellowship (JEMF) Student Research Award for a project geared toward strengthening counselor-patient relationships. In her proposal, “Potential Methods to Strengthen the Counselor-Patient Alliance in a Genetic...

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August 9, 2017

Students, Alumni, Faculty Promote Health and Wellness in Belize

Students, alumni, and faculty from Arcadia’s Physical Therapy, Genetic Counseling, Public Health, Physician Assistant, Education, and Counseling programs continued their mental health, physical wellness, and education efforts in Belize from July 15 to 26. This year’s trip overlapped with Camp...

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March 29, 2017

Share ’17M Contributes to 22q Deletion Syndrome Study in American Journal of Medical Genetics

Through his collaborative work with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s 22q and You Center, Genetic Counseling major Matthew Share ’17M contributed to “22q11.2 deletion syndrome in diverse populations,” a study featured on the cover of American Journal of Medical Genetics ’ April 2017 edition...

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March 3, 2017

Valverde Joins Governor’s Roundtable to Discuss Senate Bill

On Feb. 23, Kathy Valverde , associate professor and director of Genetic Counseling, presented to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf at Swarthmore College about Pennsylvania Senate Bill 3 (SB3), which would limit the amount of time a woman has to terminate her pregnancy to 20 weeks, instead of at the...

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February 23, 2017

Dr. Sawyer Continues Service Efforts and Interdisciplinary Education in Belize

Hoping to facilitate interdisciplinary education among the University’s health science and education professionals, Dr. Karen Sawyer , assistant professor and director of Experiential Learning in the Department of Physical Therapy, is raising funds to expand the ongoing efforts of Arcadia students...

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November 16, 2016

Two Fulbright Winners, One U.S. Agency Award Winner Among Arcadia’s Graduate Students

Arcadia University is home to three international graduate award recipients this year. Olga Banaszkiewicz ’17 , of Spain, received the Becas de Máster en Estados Unidos de América from Fulbright España; Selviana Ndoen ’18 , of Indonesia, received the USAID Program to Extend Scholarships and...

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November 10, 2016

Genetic Counseling Graduate Student Jocelyn Knazik Phelps ’17 Awarded $500 Grant

Genetic Counseling graduate student Jocelyn Knazik Phelps ’17 received a $500 research grant from the Metabolism/Lysosomal Storage Diseases Special Interest Group (SIG) of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC). The grant will support Knazik Phelps’s thesis research, “Parental Use of...

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November 2, 2016

Hands-on Exercises Help Prepare College of Health Science Students for Career Work

By Marcella Haddad '17 “It seems like you have a pretty strong history of colon cancer,” said Genetic Counseling student John Lewis , looking through his notes. The patient nodded and looked down at his hands. Fortunately, this was only an exercise; the patient, an actor. But the exercise was...

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October 13, 2016

Genetic Counseling Celebrates 20th Anniversary

On June 3, Arcadia University celebrated the Genetic Counseling program’s 20th anniversary alongside students, faculty, alumni, and esteemed health care professionals. The Genetic Counseling Class of 2016 totaled 14 members, including Honors Convocation speaker Dr. Rosalba E. Sacca ,...

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September 20, 2016

Hathaway ’15, ’17M Receives National Genetic Counseling Research Award

Genetic Counseling student Evan Hathaway ’15, ’17M was awarded the 2016 JEMF Student Research Award from the National Society of Genetic Counseling for his research proposal, “Gambling and medical decisions: The influence of risk propensity on choices related to genetically-predisposed health...

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August 8, 2016

Students, Faculty, Alumni Collaborate on Belize Community Service Trip

Arcadia University is continuing to expand its global service efforts with the addition of San Pedro, Belize as a service location. Through a $25,000 grant from Arcadia University, the College of Health Sciences and the School of Education have provided care to the general community since Aug. 6,...

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April 29, 2016

Genetic Counseling Hosts Annual Bowl-A-Thon for Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund

On April 20, Founder of the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund , Peggy Dolan, visited Arcadia University to tell her story to Genetic Counseling students. Dolan talked about how her experiences caring for her daughter, and those shared by their “hospital neighbors,” inspired the foundation. The Ambler-...

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February 9, 2016

Dr. Conway Elected to Board of National Society of Genetic Counselors

Laura Conway ‘99M, Ph.D., CGC , assistant professor and associate director of the Genetic Counseling program, was elected to the board of directors of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) and will serve as the secretary/treasurer for two years. Since the first master’s degrees in...

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February 2, 2016

Akgumus ’15M Receives Prestigious Genetic Counseling Award

The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) Foundation announced that Gozde Akgumus ’15M will receive the Carolyn Mills Lovell Award at the 2016 ACMG Annual Meeting on March 10 in Tampa, Fla. The prestigious award, presented annually to the researcher who submits the highest-rated...

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January 12, 2016

U.S. Embassy Interviews Arcadia Student as Part of International Education Week

For International Education Week in November, Genetic Counseling major Rebecca Purvis ’17 was interviewed by the U.S. Embassy and Consulate for her experiences abroad as a Fulbright scholar. Purvis, a New Zealander, is a 2015 Fulbright Science and Innovation Graduate Award recipient. In order to...

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August 4, 2015

Genetic Counseling Students LEND Families a Hand

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Fellowship Provides Genetic Counseling Students with Insight on Neurodevelopmental Disorders

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July 27, 2015

Khan ’14M Awarded to Promote Family Health Awareness

Shama Khan ’14M received an award from the New York Mid-Atlantic Consortium for Genetics and Newborn Screening Services (NYMAC), funding a project to educate members of the Muslim community about the importance of examining family history when considering marriage and family planning. Khan, a...

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July 27, 2015

Genetic Counseling Students Attend Prenatal Diagnosis Conference

In May, all 14 first-year students in Arcadia’s Genetic Counseling program attended the Seventh Annual Philadelphia Prenatal Diagnosis Conference to learn about cutting edge testing and diagnosis from an array of nationally recognized experts in the field of prenatal genetics. The program featured...

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July 27, 2015

Genetic Counseling Graduate Student Royer Selected for LEND Fellowship at CHOP

Following a multi-stage, competitive application process, genetic counseling student Erin Royer ’16M was selected for a year-long fellowship with the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Each year, a genetic counseling fellow is...

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April 24, 2015

Genetic Counseling Alumna Interviewed on Milwaukee News Program

Amy Stoddart , a 2014 graduate of the Genetic Counseling program and now a certified genetic counselor at Columbia St. Mary’s Cancer Center in Milwaukee, was interviewed on “The Morning Blend” on Milwaukee’s NBC affiliate. Stoddart, an advocate for patient and public education on breast and ovarian...

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