Lisa R. Kessler

Assistant Professor, Genetic Counseling

(267) 620-4743

About Me

Lisa Kessler, MS, CGC is the Clinical Coordinator of the Arcadia Genetic Counseling Program.  Her academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Delaware and a Master of Science Degree in Genetic Counseling from Arcadia University.  Lisa has worked in clinical medicine as a genetic counselor in the Division of Medical Genetics at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and she has worked as a research genetic counselor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.  Lisa was previously a Senior Genetic Counselor at DNA Direct and gained experience in telephone genetic counseling.  She has also worked at the Genetic Diagnostic Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania and has provided genetic counseling at Wills Eye Hospital for patients with ocular melanoma.  Lisa’s research in genetic counseling focuses on the process and psychotherapeutic aspects of genetic counseling.   



Education History

University of Delaware 1998

Bachelor of Arts , Major in Psychology

Minor in Jewish Studies, Biological Studies, and Disability Studies

Arcadia University 2000

Master of Science in Genetic Counseling


Co-Author 2018

Utilization of the Tablet Application Proband in Pedigree Construction and Assessment

Research Paper, Journal of Genetic Counseling

Co-Authored with McCarty AJ, Miller J, Pennington J

Author 2014

Prenatal diagnosis in Hemophilia A: Experience of the Genetic Diagnostic Laboratory

Article, The Haemophilia Journal

Co-Authored with Adams, R, Mighion, L, Walther, S, Ganguly, A.

Co-Author 2014

An Investigation of Genetic Counselors’ Testing Recommendations: Pedigree Analysis and the Use of Multiplex Breast Cancer Panel Testing

Article, Journal of Genetic Counseling

Co-Authored with Lundy M, Forman A, Valverde K

Co-Author 2010

Effect of Genetic Counseling and Testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 Mutations in African American Women: A Randomized Trial

Article, Public Health Genomics

Co-Authored with Halbert CH, Troxel AB, Stopfer JE, Domchek S.

Author 2008

BRCA1 and BRCA2 risk perceptions among African American women at increased risk for hereditary breast cancer

Article, Community Genetics

Co-Authored with Domchek, S., Stopfer, J., Halbert, C.H.

Co-Author 2006

Satisfaction with genetic counseling for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations among African American women

Article, Patient Education and Counseling

Co-Authored with Charles, S., Stopfer, J.E., Domchek, S., Halbert, C.H.

Author 2005

Attitudes about genetic testing and genetic testing intentions in African American women at increased risk for hereditary breast cancer

Article, Genetics in Medicine

Co-Authored with Collier, A., Brewster, K., Smith, C., Weathers, B., Wileyto, E.P., Halbert, C.H.