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:
The effect of BRCA gene testing on family relationships: A thematic analysis of qualitative interviews
Heather A. Douglas, MS, CGC, CCGC
Class of 2008
Revisiting the recurrence risk of nonsyndromic cleft lip with or without cleft palate
Cherise M. Klotz, MS, CGC, CCGC
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
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
Browse further titles in D-Scholarship, the institutional repository for research output at the University of Pittsburgh.