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Shannan M. Dixon

Shannan M. Dixon M.S., CGC

Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Primary Appointment: Pediatrics
Location: MSTF, 3-014
Phone: (410) 706-4713
Fax: (410) 706-1644

Personal History:

Shannan DeLany Dixon is the Director of Master's in Genetic Counseling Program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. Ms. Dixon received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a concentration in genetics from the Pennsylvania State University and earned her Master's of Science degree in Genetic Counseling from Arcadia University. She is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. Throughout her careerm, she has worked in a wide variety of genetics settings; including prenatal, pediatric and metabolic clinics. She is committed to education in genetics and serves on several thesis committees each year. She regularly lectures on topics in genetics and genetic counseling throughout the instution and in Baltimore. Ms. Dixon is an active member of the National Society of Genetic Counslors and the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors.

Research Interests:

Ms. Dixon's current research focuses on assessment of medical transition for individuals with genetic disorders and methods to streamline this process using technology.

She has an interest in the genetics of population isolates and reproductive practices related to genetic traits.

Clinical Speciality:

In addition to serving as the Director of the Master's in Genetic Counseling Training Program, Ms. Dixon continues to see patients in a cancer genetics clinic.


DeLany Dixon, S.M. and Konheim-Kalkstein, Y.L. (2010) Risk Communication: A Complex Process in Genetic Counseling Practice. In: LeRoy, B., McCarthy Veach, P. and Bartels, D., eds. Genetic Counseling Practice: Advanced Concepts and Skills. New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell, Chapter 4.