Masters’ Theses

2017
  • Digging a Little Deeper: What do College Career Advisors Know about Genetic Counseling? What do they Want to Know?
  • Factors Influencing Uptake of Bilateral Prophylactic Mastectomy (BPM) between the ages of 20 and 30 years in unaffected women with a BRCA mutation
  • Impact of Familial Adenomatous Polyposis: An Emerging Adult Perspective
  • Down Syndrome, Autism, and Parent Experiences with The Dually-Diagnosed
  • Where Do We Draw the Line?: Navigating Conflicts of Interest in the Genetic Counseling Profession
  • The Internet’s Black Box: What Parents of Children with Duchenne or Becker Muscular Dystrophy are Finding Online
  • Journey of Fathers Following their Child’s Fragile X Diagnosis
  • Variant Interpretation Education in Genetic Counseling Programs
  • An Exploration of the Art of Prenatal Genetic Counseling in Catholic Hospitals
  • Genetic Counselors’ Comfort Levels, Attitudes and Conversations with End-stage Cancer Patients
2016
  • The Psychosocial Implications of a Hereditary Colorectal Cancer Syndroe Diagnosis in Emerging Adulthood
  • Incidence of suspected germline variants in SNaPshot NGS tumor genotyping and genetic counseling implications
  • Now What Happens? An Exploration of the Genetic Counselor’s Role in Transition Planning
  • Men with Klinefelter Syndrome and Their Thoughts on Testicular Sperm Extraction
  • To Be a Clinical or Non-Clinical Genetic Counselor, That is the Question
  • Fanning the Flame: Factors Associated with Burnout in Genetic Counselors
  • NIPT – Emerging Issues: Genetic Counselors’ Experiences & Perspectives with Incidental Findings
  • Cystic Fibrosis-related Infertility: Thoughts and Experiences of Men in Romantic Relationships
  • The Changing Landscape of Prenatal Testing: Certified Nurse Midwives’ Integration of NIPT into Practice
  • Psychosocial Implications in Female Carriers of Ornithine Transcarbamylase Deficiency
2015
  • Parents’ Perspective on the Transition of Children with Down Syndrome into an Inclusion Classroom
  • Telling the Truth about Turner Syndrome: Disclosure of a diagnosis and infertility to romantic partners.
  • The Impact of Online Images of People with Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1) on the Parents of Newly Diagnosed Children.
  • An Investigation of Parental Support in Two Rural Kentucky Counties
  • Identifying barriers encountered by genetic counselors when providing sex education counseling to pediatric patients with intellectual disability
  • Trichotillomania: The Genetics Perspective of a Hairpuller Trichotillomania: The Genetics Perspective of a Hairpuller.
  • Prenatal genetic testing and screening for consanguineous couples in clinical practice: is clinical practice consistent with practice guidelines?
  • Exploring Psychosocial Challenges Experienced by Emerging Young Adults with Von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome
  • An Evaluation of General Population Knowledge of Melanoma and Melanoma Genetics in Hawaii
2014
  • The Psychosocial Implications of Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer
  • Chinese Parents’ Perception of Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Exploration of the Influence of Culture
  • Genetic Testing without Genetic Counselors: Exploring the BRCA Testing Experiences of Patients with Breast Cancer
  • Return of Genetic Research Results: An Analysis of Participant Preferences
  • The Angelina Jolie Effect: Assessing the Impact of a Celebrity’s Story on Cancer Genetic Counseling
  • Left Out in the Cold: Barriers to Clinical Trial Participation and the Impact on Parents of Sons with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
  • Reporting Incidental Findings in Clinical Whole Exome Sequencing: Incorporation of the ACMG Recommendations into Current Practice of Genetic Counseling
  • Disclosure of a Fragile X Syndrome Diagnosis to Symptomatic Females: A Qualitative Study of the Parental Approach
  • Predictive testing for Huntington’s disease: an exploration of the partner’s role in decision-making
  • Death of a child to Tay-Sachs or other progressive neurological disorders:Long-term impact on parents’ emotional and personal lives
2013
  • NIPT: Current Utilization and Implications for the Future of Prenatal Genetic Counseling
  • “Is it going to hurt?” The impact of patient-provider interactions on children and their families during the diagnostic odyssey
  • Discussing Risks of Assisted Reproductive Technology: Current Practices in Genetic Counseling
  • The Medical Care of Children Born with Ambiguous Genitalia from the Parent Perspective
  • An Investigation into Self‐Care and Compassion Fatigue Among Genetic Counselors
  • Helping those that are Underinsured: What are Genetic Counselors doing to help their patients get BRCA1/2 testing covered?
  • Epilepsy, Pregnancy and AEDs: Current Practices of Prenatal Genetic Counselors
  • Genetics in the era of whole exome / whole genome sequencing
  • Assessing Deaf Awareness: Training and Attitudes of Recent Genetic Counseling Graduates
  • Assessing Utilization, Integration and Impact of the Genetic Counseling Cultural Competence Toolkit (GCCCT): A Survey of Genetic Counseling Graduate Program Directors
  • Finding Common Language: Assessing the Use of the Term “Intellectual Disability” in Clinical Practice
2012
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder in Multiplex Families: A Qualitative Study of Diagnostic Experiences and Parental Perceptions.
  • The Iceberg and the Helix: Investigating the Role of Genetic Testing and Genetic Counseling in the Diagnosis and Management of Celiac Disease.
  • Motivations and Characteristics of Families who Adopt Children with Special Needs.
  • Through a New Lens: The Impact of an Infant’s Visual Impairments on Maternal Bonding and Maternal Identity During Feeding Time.
  • An Assessment of the Medical Care of Children Born with Ambiguous Genitalia from the Parent Perspective
  • Disability Awareness Training and Implications for Current Practice: A Survey of Genetic Counselors
  • Investigating genetic counselors’ experiences with Legius syndrome
  • Return of Individual Research Results: A Survey of Genetic Counselors’ Opinions and Experiences
  • The Current Landscape of Prenatal Aneuploidy Screening: Perspectives of Genetic Counselors in the United States
  • Perinatal Loss Manifested Through the Lens of the Extended Family Unit
  • Cystic Fibrosis Carrier Screening: Current Practices and Challenges in Genetic Counseling
2011
  • The Impact of Early-Onset Hereditary Essential Tremor on Affected Individuals: A Qualitative Study
  • Genetic Counselors’ Role in Maternal PKU: Patient and Genetic Counselor Perspectives
  • Communication of Lynch Syndrome Genetic Test Results: Strategies to Facilitate Information Sharing with at-risk Family Members
  • When is preimplantation genetic diagnosis acceptable? Attitudes of university students regarding various uses of the technology
  • The Impact of Genetic Testing for Rett Syndrome: As Assessment of Parents’ Experiences
  • The Psychosocial Impact of Termination for Fetal Anomaly on the Male Partner
  • Feeding Infants with Down Syndrome
  • Utilization of Genetic Testing Among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Genetic Disorders with Psychiatric Manifestations: A Survey of Genetic Counselors
  • Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) and its effect on genetic counseling practice: A survey of genetic counselors
  • An Assessment of Genetic Counseling Services Provided to Children Born with Disorders of Sexual Development and to their Families
2010
  • Psychosocial Techniques and Theories Used in Genetic Counseling
  • Direct-to-Consumer Whole Genome Scans: Consumer’s Motivation and Perspective
  • The effect of personal experience with grief and loss: interviews with genetic counselors
  • Development of a Genetics Education Tool for the Non-Medical Staff of Perkins School for the Blind Secondary Program
  • The demographics of the genetic counselor: trends through time
  • Prenatal Patients with Cognitive Impairment: The Genetic Counseling Perspective
  • An Assessment of Genetic Counselors’ Opinions on how Non-Invasive Prenatal Diagnosis will Impact Genetic Counseling Services
  • Opinions, knowledge and attitudes of genetic counselors in the United States about preimplantation genetic diagnosis for BRCA ½ mutation carriers
  • Genetic Counselors’ Views on DNA Banking
  • Offering PMS2 testing
  • Early Experiences of Prenatal Genetic Counselors with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Carrier Screening
  • Genetic Counselors’ Decision during Their Own Pregnancies
2009
  • Beginning Genetic Counselors’ Comfort Level with Grief and Loss in the Clinical Setting
  • An Exploration of the Interplay between Students’ Religious Beliefs and their Genetic Counseling Graduate Training
  • Family Pals: An Exploration of Parents’ Experiences
  • Breast Cancer Patient Preferences Regarding the Timing of their Cancer Genetic Counseling During Treatment
  • Challenges in Counseling for Rare Chromosome Conditions: Genetic Counselors’ Perspective
  • Multicultural Genetic Counseling with Alaska Natives and Canadian First Nations Clients
  • The Development and Implementation of a Family History Collection Tool in a Pediatric Practice: a Pilot Study
  • Genetic Counseling Perspectives on Prenatal Array Comparative Genomic Hybridization
  • Assessing Fragile X Premutation Carriers’ Understanding of the Premutation Phenotype
2008
  • Discussing Down Syndrome in a Prenatal Setting: The Genetic Counseling Approach
  • Investigation of Current Telegenetic Practice among Genetic Counselors
  • Foreign Language Interpreter Services: Experiences of Clinical Genetic Counselors
  • Practices Regarding Interpretation of and Counseling for Variants of Uncertain Significance (VUS) in the Cancer Genetic Counseling Setting
  • Adoption and Genetic Counseling: Assessing the Need for Adoption Education
  • A Comparison of Models Used to Predict MLH1, MSH2, and MSH6 Mutation Carriers
  • Understanding the Process of Multicultural Genetic Counseling
  • Parental Perceptions of the Psychiatric Risks Associated with Velocardiofacial Syndrome
  • Direct-to-Consumer Marketing of BRCA Testing: Assessing the Impact on Individuals at Risk and the Practice of Cancer Genetic Counseling
  • Psychiatric Genetic Counseling: Assessing the Impact of Educational Efforts
2007
  • Challenges Prenatal Genetic Counsellors Encounter When Counseling Adolescent Patients
  • Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: How are Patients Gaining Health Insurance Reimbursement?
  • An Examination of the Differences in Response, Coping and Adaptation of Mothers and Fathers to Diagnoses of Genetic Conditions
  • Genetic Counseling from the Rural Patient Perspective: Knowledge of, Interest in, and Accessibility to Services
  • Employing a Web-Based Teaching Tool to Recruit Undergraduates into Genetic Counseling
  • Genetic Counseling practices for variants of uncertain significance in whole-gene sequence analysis: a BRCA case study
  • Perceptions of Severity and Interest in Prenatal Diagnosis and PGD among Individuals with Hereditary Multiple Exostoses (HME)
  • Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Assessing Interest in and Satisfaction with Genetic Services
2006
  • Experiences of families with children who have undiagnosed syndromes: is there a need for increased support?
  • Newfoundland and Labrador general/family practitioners’ knowledge of medical genetics and utilization of genetics services
  • Infertility and the genetic assessment: an educational resource for fertility treatment providers
  • Identifying Possible conflicts-of-interest for research genetic counselors
  • Pilot study: family practitioners’ attitudes, knowledge and use of genetic counseling services
  • Knowledge of Ashkenazi Jewish Carrier Screening Among a College Student Population
  • Current Knowledge of Genetics among Medical Students in New England
  • Internet vs. Face-to-Face Huntington Disease Support Groups; A Comparative Survey
  • Self-Disclosure in the Pedicatric Genetic Counseling Session: A Retrospective Comparison
2005
  • Multicultural Genetic Counseling: What Works?
  • Snapshot of Pre-test BRCA Genetic Counseling Models
  • Impact of an uninformative brca test result: experiences of women with personal and family histories of cancer
  • Where Do Genetic Counselors Go For Health Care, and Why?
  • Self-Disclosure and Prenatal Genetic Counseling: Current Opinions and Practices
  • Disclosing BRCA test results to children and adolescents: Genetic counselor and parent experiences
  • Current opinions on the use of carrier embryos in PGD for X-linked conditions
  • Assessing the Knowledge and Application of Genetic Testing by Physicians Working with Infertility Clients
  • Non-Native Spanish-speaking Genetic Counselors: The Use of Spanish Interpreters
2004
  • Creating a Genetics Resource Tool for Early Intervention Service Providers: Needs Assessment and Web-based Implementation
  • Current Practices and Beliefs About Predictive Testing in Minors for Later-Onset Genetic Conditions
  • The role of complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies in cancer genetic counseling
  • Providers Offering Prenatal Testing in Norway: Their Attitudes Regarding Prenatal Diagnostic Services
  • The experiences and preferences of parents receiving the diagnosis of a genetic condition in their child
  • Routinization of Prenatal Screening: Does it erode informed consent?
  • Knowledge and Attitudes Towards Molecular Genetic Testing of Endocrine Disorders
2003
  • Nurse Midwives Knowledge of Genetic Services
  • Burnout in Genetic Counselors: identifying risk factors and means of coping
  • Development and validation of family history questionnaire for preconceptual risk assessment
  • Choosing Special Needs Adoption: A website for birthparents considering adoption and the health professionals caring for them
  • Booklet for educators of children with 22q deletion syndrome
  • Attitudes and experiences of prenatal care amoung deaf women
  • Obstetrician-Gynecologists implementaiton of the 2001 ACOG guidelines on cystic fibrosis carrier screening
  • The Process of Informed Consent
  • Assessing Attitudes and Knowledge Base of Urologists Regarding the Genetics of Predictive Testing for Prostate Cancer
  • Consensus in Genetic Counseling community for offering screening tests: the example of Fragile X Syndrome
2002
  • Consensus in Genetic Counseling Community for offering screening tests: the example of Fragile X
  • Pharmacogenomics: A Qualitative Study of the Ethical, Legal, Social and Clinical Considerations
  • Prenatal Genetic Testing and Pregnancy Termination: Perceptions of Pastors in the Church of the Nazarene
  • Psychiatrists’ preparedness, current practices, and attitudes regarding genetic counseling for bipolar disorder
  • Parents’ Attitudes about Infant Screening for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
  • An Assessment of Genetic Counselors’ Attitudes Towards Disability
  • Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: A website for Healthcare Professionals
  • Survey of Autism Care Providers: Assessing Knowledge of General Genetics, Autism Genetics, and the field of Genetic Counseling
  • Genetic Counselors and Autism: Assessment of the Knowledge Base
  • Assessing Pediatricians’ Attitudes Towards p32 Testing in Children of Li-Fraumeni Syndrome Families
2001
  • Development and Evaluation of a Brochure Outlining the Genetic Counseling Profession and the Steps Needed to Take to Become a Genetic Counselor for Undergraduate Professors and Advisors
  • The Effects of Disease Gene Patents in Clinical Genetic Counseling Services
  • Congential Heart Defects: An On-line Guide for Patients and Their Families
  • Issues Surrounding the Newborn Screening Program and Attitudes Towards Genetic Testing for Deafness
  • Prenatal Testing and Disability: the Role of Genetic Counselors
  • Obstetricians-Gynecologists’ Knowledge and Interests in Providing Genetic Counseling for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Susceptibility
2000
  • Assessing Genetic Counselors’ Knowledge and Position on Professional Licensure
  • Genetics in Oncology: Current Practices with Respect to Genetic Testing/Counseling
  • The Needs of Individuals with Huntington’s Disease, Their Caregivers and Their Families: Assessment of the Members of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America
  • Cystic Fibrosis Newborn Screening: Will anxiety caused by “False Positive” test results affect testing decision making?
  • The Emotions Genetic Counselors Experience in Delivering Bad News
  • A qualitative study on the patient’s perspective of the impact of pregnancy loss on a woman’s decision to attempt another pregnancy
  • Hearing Parental Voices: An Opinion Survey on the Use of Plastic Surgery for Children with Down Syndrome
  • Suicidal Ideation in Genetic Counseling
1999
  • Important Information for Families with lestories of Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Before and During a Pregnancy: A Guide for Obstetricians and Genetic Counselors
  • Ethical Perspectives of Genetic Counselors: Does Area of Specialty Matter?
  • The Misleading Word: The Reporting of Genetic Research on Mental Illness in Print, 1987 through 1994
  • Attitudes of Clinical Geneticists and Genetic Counselors Towards Patient Use of the Internet
  • The Meaning of a Diagnosis for Parents of Pediatric Genetic Patients
  • Development of a Psychological Assessment Questionnaire for Genetic Counseling Patients in Cancer Settings
  • Examination of the Genetic and Non-genetic Associations with Double Outlet Right
  • The Word ‘Race’ in Genetics and Medicine: A Survey of Basic Textbooks
1998
  • The Relationship Between the Pregnant Genetic Counselor and the Prenatal Patient
  • Educating Each Other: Conversation Between Genetic Counselors and Those with a Personal or Professional Interest in Disability Awareness
  • The Incidence of Cancer in First Degree Relatives of Women Diagnosed with Endometrial Cancer Under Age 55
  • Genetic Testing for Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD): A. Guide for Families
  • Jewish Genetic Diseases: A Comprehensive Information and Counseling Guide for Rabbis
  • Genetic Counseling and Assisted Reproductive Technologies: Marketing Our Services
  • Disability Awareness Training in the Graduate Genetic Counseling Training Programs: A Survey of Recent Graduates and Program Directors
1997
  • Comparison of Mothers’ and Fathers’ Perceptions of Parental Stress and Useful Support Services: Parents of Children with Down Syndrome
  • The Reproductive Effects of Cancer Treatment
  • The Impact of Tay Sachs and the Allied Diseases on Siblings
  • Guidelines for Counseling Couples Who Continue Pregnancy Following Prenatal Diagnosis of Trisomy 13, 18, or a Related Condition: The Result of Surveying SOFT Members
  • Knowledge of Genetics Principles and Recent Advances in Genetics – A Tale of Two Cities Current Practices of Genetic Counselors in Assessing Alcohol Use During Pregnancy
  • A Survey of the Attitudes of Individuals at Risk for von Hippel-Lindau Disease Towards Genetic Testing
  • Rabbinical Counseling Practices Pertaining to Health and Genetic Issues
1996
  • An Analysis of the Cystic Fibrosis Carrier Screening Practices of Members of the National Society of Genetic Counselors
  • Genetic Counseling and Down Syndrome
  • Providing a Resource in Genetics for Early Intervention Programs
  • A Survey of the Understanding of Recent Advances in Genetics and Knowledge of Genetic Principles Among the University Community
  • Maternal Serum Screening: The Physician’s Experience
  • The Assessment of Services Provided to Couples Who Terminate Following Abnormal Prenatal Diagnosis in Region I
  • A Two-Part Study of Canavan Disease: Survey of Genetic Counselors and Interviews of Parents
1995
  • Genetic Counseling Practices in Germany
  • Providing Genetic Services: The Role of the Nurse Midwife
  • Consumer Involvement in Medical Policy Making and the Status of Consumer Rights: An Analysis of the Newborn Screening Programs in the US
  • Planting the Seed of Adoption: Endorsing a Parenting Option
  • The Experience of Direct Presymptomatic Testing for Huntington Disease: A Retrospective Study
  • A Study of Late-Onset Tay-Sachs Disease
  • Counseling About Cancer: Strategies for Genetic Counselors
1994
  • Cystic Fibrosis Testing for Echogenic Fetal Bowel Syndrome
  • Noonan Syndrome
  • The Impact of Residency on Adults with Down Syndrome: A Review of the Literature and Pilot Study
  • A Tay-Sachs Disease Education & Carrier Screening Program for Brandeis University
  • Smith-Lemli-Oplitz Syndrome – Clinical Research and Genetic Counseling Issues Related to the Recently Described Biochemical Defect that Causes SLO
  • Human Genetics: Principles, Issues and Applications
  • Genetic Counselors’ Attitudes Toward Their Own Pregnancy and Prenatal Care