Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

MS Human Genetics


Human Genetics Graduate Program


The field of genetic counseling has been traditionally centered around the clinical setting. In recent years, an increasing number of genetic counselors have taken non-clinical positions with limited patient contact. This shift has created a spectrum of genetic counselors working across clinical and non-clinical roles. Available literature on the issues relevant to both groups is limited. We surveyed 305 genetic counselors employed in diverse work settings to better understand opinions regarding professional issues and training while in genetic counseling programs. Respondents reported several opportunities to increase satisfaction of clinical counselors and preparedness among non-clinical counselors. Furthermore, significant differences in the perceptions between clinical and non-clinical counselors regarding professional issues were identified. Our study serves as a foundation for future research into topics affecting both clinical and non-clinical genetic counselors.

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