Faculty

Cassie Buck, MS, CGC, Lecturer in Genetic Counseling

I graduated from the Brandeis Genetic Counseling Program in 2009. I began my GC career working for a genetic testing laboratory, before leaving to work in an academic research setting. Acting as the Research Counselor & Study Coordinator, I met with patients and their families with reproductive disorders to enroll them into genomic research, collect phenotypic and family history data, and expand family participation, while also collecting/reviewing data for manuscript preparation and overseeing IRB compliance. In my current role as Research Advisor, I oversee student Master’s thesis projects and research training. I individually meet with the 1st year GC students in the spring to develop their thesis and teach “Genetic Counseling Research Project” which begins in the summer after the first year and continues through the second year.

Joe Cunningham, PhD, Professor of Psychology

I have been facilitating “Genetic Counseling Process Group” since the inception of the program in 1992. Working within a small group of second year students, I work closely to integrate students’ shared experiences from field placements, coursework, internships and individual lives to becoming genetic counselors. As a Psychology Department faculty member, I conduct research on children’s cognitive and emotional development and on the nonverbal communication of emotion by children and adults. I also teach courses in clinical psychology and developmental psychopathology.

Judy Jackson, MS, CGC, Lecturer in Genetic Counseling

After graduating from the Brandeis GC program in 1996, I have spent many years as a clinic-based prenatal genetic counselor in different settings throughout the Boston area. In addition to my full-time clinical genetic counseling position at South Shore Hospital, I teach Human Reproductive and Development Biology to 1st year GC students and Brandeis undergraduates. I am a member of NSGC and chairperson of the Genetic Counseling Special Interest Group for the International Society of Prenatal Diagnosis. Most recently, I was a featured presenter at their annual meeting in Berlin.

Kate Kramer, PhD, CGC, Lecturer in Genetic Counseling

After completing a PhD in genetics and molecular biology at Brandeis in 1994, I went on to receive an MS in Genetic Counseling from Northwestern University. I worked as a clinical genetic counselor for several years and, more recently, worked in the private sector in a genetic testing laboratory. I now teach “Human Genetics” to first year genetic counseling students and undergraduates, and work with students on their thesis research. This spring, I will be teaching a course for the Heller School of Social Policy, “Integrative Seminar on Health”.

Barbara Lerner, CGC, PhD, Lecturer in Genetic Counseling

I was the former Co-Director for Research and Professional Development at Brandeis’ Genetic Counseling Program. During my tenure, I initiated the Family Pals program—a program in which first-year students are paired with a family who has a child with a disability. Since leaving the Co-Directorship at Brandeis, I went on to earn a PhD in Health Services Research from the Boston University School of Public Health. Subsequently, I returned to the program to teach “American Health Policy & Practice and the Delivery of Genomic Health Care” to the first and second year genetic counseling students and continue in the role of primary advisor for student Master Thesis projects. My research focuses on improving the quality of genetic services with particular attention to patient-centered provider communication.

Alice Noble, JD, MPH, Senior Lecturer in the Legal Studies Program and Adjunct Lecturer in The Heller School

I am responsible for teaching “Genetics, Law and Social Policy” to the first and second year genetic counseling students. I also teach Health Law and Ethics at The Heller School and Genetics, Law, and Society in the Legal Studies Program. I am also on the faculty of Boston College Law School and Tufts Medical School. Prior to teaching at Brandeis, I taught at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Terri I. Queler, MSW, LICSW, Adjunct Associate Professor of the Practice of Genetic Counseling

I joined the Program in January 2016 and am teaching two courses: Counseling Theory and Technique to the first-year class. Genetic Counseling: Case Conferences and Family Counseling to the second year which is co-taught with Professor Janet Rosenfield. I have a private practice in Newton, MA where my primary focus includes: perinatal health and wellness, couples and college mental health. The practice includes a full range of treatment approaches including individual, couples and group counseling.

Janet Rosenfield, MS, CGC, Lecturer in Genetic Counseling

I co-teach Genetic Counseling Case Conferences with Terri Queler to second year students. I also teach a first-year student process group and regularly participates as a thesis advisor. I am a prenatal counselor at South Shore Hospital I am also on the Board of Understanding Our Differences (UOD) which is a disability education curricula taught to elementary school–aged children in many school systems in the greater Boston area.

Rachel Woodruff, PhD, Lecturer in Biology

I am a full time faculty member in the Biology Department and teach undergraduate genetics and cancer biology, as well as “Molecular Biotechnology” for first year GC students and advanced undergraduates. I received a PhD in biology from MIT and prior to coming to Brandeis taught biology at MIT and Biochemistry at Suffolk University.