School of Health Professions Baylor College of Medicine Houston, TX US
BS from University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania United States
Prior to moving to Houston, TX to attend BCM's Genetic Counseling Program, I studied biology and psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. During my time at Pitt, I was an advocate for those who have experienced sexual and domestic assault through my work as helpline volunteer with Pittsburgh Action Against Rape. I also served at the president of Pitt's Genetic Counseling Club for two years where I developed the newsletter Genetic Counseling: Undergrad Edition. I initially become interested in genetic counseling when I was a senior in high school because it is a wonderful blend of my passion for helping others with my interests in genetics and psychology. If I could describe Baylor's Genetic Counseling Program in one word, it would be opportunity. Between the large medical center and diverse group of genetic counselors and geneticists, the opportunities are endless. If you would like to know more about BCM's Genetic Counseling Program and the opportunities available, feel free to email me!
My thesis project, "Receiving a genetic diagnosis: parents' experiences and satisfaction in pediatric settings" will allow me to uplift the voices of parents and improve the diagnostic process through qualitative, interview-based research. I am specifically comparing parents' experiences in the outpatient genetics clinic and those who receive a diagnosis while their child is in the hospital (i.e. inpatient). I have an interest in inpatient genetic counseling because it is unpredictable, fast paced, and still an evolving sub-specialty! My project is funded by the Genetic Resource Association of Texas (GReAT) financial assistance program.