Genetic Counselors

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Learn more about the Genetic Counselors and their projects.

Stephanie Brewster, MS, CGC, Licensed Genetic Counselor

Stephanie has held the position of Supervisor, Genetic Research & Development within the Program in Genomics since 2004. In this capacity she implements and oversees various studies within the program which involves protocol and consent form design, infrastructure creation, budget/grant compilation and supervision of the genetic counseling and research assistant staff. Stephanie also provides consultation to program members and collaborators with regard to federal, state and institutional guidelines surrounding the legal, social and ethical issues involved in conducting research. Stephanie received her B.S. in biology from Syracuse University and her M.S. in human genetics from Sarah Lawrence College.

Elicia Estrella, MS, CGC, Licensed Genetic Counselor

Elicia joined the Kunkel lab in April of 2006 as the genetic counselor and study coordinator. She has an M.S. degree in Neuroscience from Boston College and an M.S. degree in genetic counseling from Brandeis University. Elicia is the link between the clinical and research interacting with families, referring physicians and laboratory personnel. She uses her counseling skills to recruit appropriate study participants, analyze clinical data, and act as a resource for information on genetics and muscular dystrophy. In addition, she monitors legal and ethical issues concerning genetic research and applies this to the Kunkel laboratory research projects. She currently works on both muscular dystrophy and interstitial cystitis research projects.

Catherine Hasman Clinton, MS, RGC, Licensed Genetic Counselor

Catherine Hasman Clinton graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2007 with her Masters in Human Genetics; she joined the Program in Genomics that same year. She currently works on two projects, the topics of which include creating a personally controlled health record for genetic information and helping to create and recruit for the Gene Partnership Project, a de-identified repository for genetic and medical information that gives participants access to their information. She also enjoys sharing a seat on one of the panels of the Partners Healthcare Institutional Review Board.

Joanna Reinwald, MS

Joanna joined the Program in Genomics in December of 2009. She is currently a study coordinator for the Phenotypic and Genetic Factors in Autism Spectrum Disorders study. Joanna graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2007 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a minor in Medical Anthropology. During graduate school, she was a research assistant on a study investigating the genetic causes of congenital heart defects at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. After graduating from Arcadia University in 2009 with an M.S. in Genetic Counseling, she moved to Boston to pursue a career in research genetic counseling. If you would like to know more about the Phenotypic and Genetic Factors in Autism Spectrum Disorders study please contact her at the Program in Genomics.

Kathryn Lowe, MS, CGC, Licensed Genetic Counselor

Kathryn Lowe became a member of the Program in Genomics in 2007. Her research is focused on autism and she works with patients and family in the “Phenotypic and Genetic Factors in Autism Spectrum Disorders” study. Kathryn also spends part of her time seeing general genetics patients in the Clinical Genetics program. Kathryn graduated from Lafayette College with a B.S. in biology. She then worked for several years as a research technician studying cell cycle genes in a yeast as a eukaryotic model. She continued her education at Arcadia University, graduating with her M.S. in Genetic Counseling in 2007. If you want to find out more about Kathryn and her research feel free to contact her at the Program in Genomics.

Erin Thorpe, MS, ABA

Erin joined the Program in Genomics in June of 2010 as a study coordinator for the project Phenotypic and Genetic Factors in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Erin graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2005 with a B.A. in Psychology, and continued her education at Boston University, where she obtained a M.S. in Genetic Counseling in 2010. In between her undergraduate and graduate studies, Erin worked as research faculty at the University of Colorado’s Institute for Behavioral Genetics. She also worked for two years as an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapist for children with autism spectrum disorders at the Rochester Center for Autism, in Rochester, Minnesota.

Associated Genetic Counselors

The Program in Genomics counselors work closely with Genetic Counselors in other programs. Click on the pictures below to learn more about each counselor's role.

Elizabeth Taylor-Dechene

Meghan Connolly

Lori Dobson

Sarah Savage

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