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Thesis Project

Designing, conducting, and interpreting research studies are important skills for success as a genetic counselor. The completion of a thesis project is an integral component of a student’s education in the Pitt Genetic Counseling Program. The thesis project allows students to understand the research process, develop their research skills, and collaborate with faculty across diverse disciplines.

Students are encouraged to develop a project according to their interests and research goals. Many previous students have published their thesis projects in peer-reviewed journals and have presented their research at conferences both nationally and internationally. Recent thesis projects include: 

Analysis of advantages, limitations, and barriers of genetic counseling service delivery models

Rachelle C. Huziak, MS, LCGC 
Class of 2012




Revisiting the recurrence risk of nonsyndromic cleft lip with or without cleft palate

Cherise M. Klotz, MS, CGC, CCGC  
Class of 2009


Image of journal article by Cherise Klotz,, class of 2009


Parental attitudes toward newborn screening for Duchenne/Becker Muscular Dystrophy and Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Sarah C. Hughes, MS, CGC
Class of 2010


Image of journal article by Sarah Hughes, class of 2010


Prevalence of the βS Gene Among Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Class Groups in Central India

Aishwarya Arjunan, MS, MPH, CPH
Class of 2013


Image of journal article by Aishwarya Arjunan, class of 2013



Browse further titles in D-Scholarship, the institutional repository for research output at the University of Pittsburgh.


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