Faculty

National Human Genome Research Institute

National Institutes of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


The Johns Hopkins University/National Human Genome Research Institute Genetic Counseling Training Program

Faculty


The faculty consists of tenured investigators, scientists and health care providers at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Johns Hopkins University (JHU). Leadership for this joint program is provided by the faculty who serve on the Executive Committee.

The genetic counseling coursework, student supervision, coordination of clinical rotations and American Board of Genetic Counselors (ABGC) accreditation are overseen by Program Director Barbara Bowles Biesecker, Ph.D., an associate investigator in the NHGRI Social and Behavioral Research Branch and by Lori Erby, Ph.D., associate program director. Debra Roter, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., Department of Health, Behavior and Society at JHU provides instruction, faculty advising and research oversight in her role as the program's academic director.

Ellen Sidransky, M.D., senior investigator, Medical Genetics Branch, NHGRI, serves as medical director of the program. Program coordination is provided by Mary Ann Dunevant and Chris Anderson at JHU and at NIH, respectively.

Please see the end of the page for a Program Faculty Instructors.

Executive Committee

Guest lecturer: Kurt Fischbeck, M.D.

The Program Executive Committee meets at least quarterly to assess the Program and students' progress. Members of the Committee also constitute the Admissions Committee and serve as faculty and thesis advisors. The Executive Committee is composed of genetic counselors, social scientists and medical geneticists. Their varied backgrounds are an asset to the Program and to students as they develop their thesis.

Executive Committee Members (2014-2015)

Barbara Bowles Biesecker, M.S., Ph.D., C.G.C.
Associate Investigator, Social and Behavioral Research Branch
National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH

Leslie Biesecker, M.D.
Chief & Senior Investigator
Genetic Disease Research Branch
National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH

Joann Bodurtha, M.D., M.P.H.
Institute of Genetic Medicine
Johns Hopkins University

Larry Cheskin, M.D.
Associate Professor, Departments of Health, Behavior and Society and International Health
Director, Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Julie Cohen, Sc.M.
Genetic Counselor, Division of Neurogenetics
Kennedy Krieger Institute

Lori Hamby Erby, Sc.M., Ph.D., C.G.C.
Associate Director, Genetic Counseling Training Program

William Klein, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Behavioral Research Program
Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, NIH

Donna Krasnewich, M.D., Ph.D.
Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology Program Director
National Institute of General Medical Sciences, NIH

Howard Levy, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University

Holly Peay, M.S., C.G.C.
Senior Director of Outreach and Education
Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy [parentprojectmd.org]

Debra Roter, Dr. P.H.
Professor, Department of Health, Behavior and Society
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Ellen Sidransky, M.D.
Senior Investigator, Medical Genetics Branch
National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH

Program Faculty Instructors

Karen Bandeen-Roche, Ph.D., M.S. [faculty.jhsph.edu]
Professor and Chair, Department of Biostatistics
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Morgan Butrick, Sc.M.
Genetic Counselor
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH

Suzanne Hart, Ph.D.
Associate Investigator
Medical Genetics Branch
National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH

Jennifer Johnson, Ph.D.
Staff Scientist
Genetic Disease Research Branch
National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH

Nancy Kass, Sc.D.
Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Berman Institute of Bioethics
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

William Klein, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Behavioral Research Program
Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, NIH

Debra Mathews, Ph.D., M.A.
Assistant Director for Science Programs
Berman Institute of Bioethics
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Catherine Maulsby, Ph.D.
Assistant Scientist, Department of Health, Behavior and Society
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Maximilian Muenke, M.D.
Chief and Senior Investigator, Medical Genetics Branch
National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH

Rachel Nusbaum, M.S.
Genetic Counselor
GeneDx
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Elizabeth A Platz, Sc.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Julie Sapp, Sc.M., C.G.C.
Genetic Counselor/Protocol Coordinator
Genetic Disease Research Branch
National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH

Kate Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Health, Behavior and Society
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Roland Thorpe, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Health, Behavior and Society
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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Last Updated: June 8, 2015