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Independent Study Projects

study projects

Research for Beginners and a Case Example
Virginia Norris 1997  

Development of a Booklet for Families of Individuals with Noonan Syndrome
Maura Kenton 1998
Booklet printed and distributed by the Noonan syndrome support group

Survey of Master-Level Genetic Counseling Programs and Cancer Genetic Counselors Concerning Cancer Genetics and Cancer Genetic Counseling Training
Amy Lundgren 1998
Poster presentation at the 1998 NSGC conference

Physician Follow-Up of Normal Maternal Screening Results
Aimee Hodgkins 1998  

Survey of Parents of Children with Mucopolysaccharidoses and Mucolipidoses Concerning Medical Complications and Treatment Options
Karen Fleshman 1998
Poster presentation at the 1998 NSGC conference.

Development of a Computer-Based Tutorial for Primary Care Physicians for The Management of Abnormal Newborn Screening Results
Nikki Justice 1999
Awarded 1998-99 Mid-Atlantic Region Human Genetics Network (MARHGN) grant
Poster presentation at the 1999 NSGC conference.

Cancer Risk Perception, Management, and Role of Genetic Testing Among Men with a Family History of Breast Cancer
Debra West 1999  

The Impact of Genetic Testing in The Jewish Community
Karyn Schmeidler 1999
Poster presentation at the 1999 NSGC conference

Prader-Willi Syndrome Due to Maternal Uniparental Disomy and Suspected Trisomy 15 Mosaicism in a Liveborn Infant: A Case Report and Review
Erika Olander 1999
Poster presentation at the 1999 ASHG conference
Published journal article Am. J. Med. Genet. 93(3):215-218 (200)

Risk Factors of Coarctation of the Aorta with and without Ventricular Septal Defect: Analysis of the Baltimore-Washington Infant Study
Dana Swartzberg 1999
Poster presentation at the 1999 NSGC conference
Published journal article Teratology 64:229-236 (2001)

The Impact of a Genetic Diagnosis and Etiology of Mental Retardation or Learning Disabilities: A Survey of Special Educators
Jessica Rispoli 2000
Poster presentation at 2000 NSGC conference

An Evaluation of Different Recruitment Strategies Used in a Family Study
Amanda Scaffe 2000
Poster presentation at 2000 NSGC conference

Adolescent Referrals for Prenatal Genetic Counseling Services
Marcia Ferguson 2000
Poster presentation at 2000 NSGC conference

Depression and ApoE Genotypes in Young Adults with Down Syndrome
Amy Heffner 2001  

Speech Patterns in Children with Kabuki Syndrome with and without Cleft Lip and/or Cleft Palate
Sheila Poulin Upton 2001
Poster presentation at 2001 NSGC conference
Published journal article Upton S, Stadter CS, Landis P, Wulfsberg EA. Speech Characteristics in the Kabuki Syndrome. Am J Med Genet. 2003 Feb 1:1116A(4):338-41

Does Hepatitis C Infection (HCV) Explain Otherwise Unexplained Elevated Maternal Serum Alpha-Fetoprotein (MSAFP) in Pregnant Women?
Renee Genovese 2001  

The Role of the Physician in Family Decision Making: Enrollment of Adolescents in Genetic Susceptibility Research
Melissa Yelton 2001  

Genetic Differences in Tamoxifen Metabolizing Enzymes in Breast Cancer Patients
Hetal Sheth 2001
Recipient of University of Maryland Women’s Health Research Group Grant 2001
Poster presentation at 2001 NSGC conference

Characterization of Psychiatric Patients Diagnosed with a 22q Deletion: Implications for Genetic Counseling
Crystal Tichnell 2002
Platform presentation at 2002 NSGC conference

The Relationship Between Genetic Counselors and Support Groups
Elizabeth Kramer 2002  

Supplemental Newborn Screening Using Tandem Mass Spectrometry: Attitudes of Parents, Pediatricians, and the Public of Maryland
Rebecca Kern 2002
Poster presentation at 2002 NSGC conference

Down Syndrome and Autistic Spectrum Disorder: Prenatal, Neonatal and Neurological Risk Factors
Krista Borman 2002  

Surveying obstetric and neonatal nurses about carrier screening for cystic fibrosis
Scott Audlin 2003
Platform presentation at 2003 NSGC conference

Assessing the attitudes of physicians performing preimplantation genetic diagnosis toward controversial applications of this technology as a prenatal diagnostic tool
Karen Benson 2003
Platform presentation at 2003 NSGC conference

The Predictive value of family history for Neuropsychiatric phenotypes in young adults with Down syndrome
Kathryn Mosman 2003
Poster presentation at 2003 NSGC conference

Incorporation of a Genetic Education Module and Its Impact on Students’ Genetic Knowledge and Role Definition: A Survey of Graduate Nursing Students
Cheryl Pendergrass 2003
Poster presentation at 2003 NSGC conference

Qualitative Study Investigating the Knowledge and Attitudes of Obstetricians Regarding Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis
Stephanie Ashley 2004
Poster presentation at 2004 NSGC conference

Association Between Polymorphisms in Cytochrome P450CYP3A (CYP3A5) and Tamoxifen Metabolism in Breast Cancer Patients
April Deigert 2004
Poster presentation at 2003 ASHG conference

Group Study on Eighteen Children with Holoprosencephaly: Do Facial and Clinical Measurements Uphold or Refute the Face Predicting the Brain
Whitney Ducaine 2004
Poster presentation at 2004 Holoprosencephaly conference

Assessment of the Effect of Prenatal Vitamin Use on AV Canal Defects in the Down Syndrome Population
Kyla Schmidt 2004  

Behavioral Phenotype and Predictors of Maladaptive Behaviors in Cornelia de Lange Syndrome
Colleen Landy 2005
Poster presentation at 2005 NSGC conference and at 2005 ASHG conference

Comparison of the Dietitian and Genetic Counselor Professions As a Model for Professional Advancement
Jessica Scott 2005
Poster presentation at 2005 NSGC conference

I'd Rather Be FISHin': Detection of Chromosome 6q Abnormalities in Lymphoid Malignancies Using Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization
Aliza Sara Ricklis 2005  

Development of Educational Materials for First Degree Relative of Individuals with UninformativeBRCA1/2 Test Results and Determining the Interest for Intervention and Support
Heather Marie Bremmer 2005  

Health Providers’ Genetics Education: A Needs Assessment from Consumers of Genetics Services
Chana Esther Fogel 2005  

Primary Care Screening for Hereditary Cancers
Melissa Fe Kramer 2006
Poster presentation at 2006 NSGC conference and at 2006 ASHG conference

Assessing the Barriers to Newborn Screening in the Primary Care Setting
Lucy H. Talbot 2006
Poster presentation at 2006 NSGC conference

Effects of Family History on the Quality of Life in Patients with Interstitial Cystitis
Ania W. White 2006  

A Parent’s Assessment of the Individual Educational Plan for Children with Down syndrome in Maryland
Brad Williams 2006
Poster presentation at 2006 NSGC conference

Development of an Assay to Detect Pepsin in Respiratory Aspirates of Children to be used in the Diagnosis of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Megan Skinner 2006  

Comparing Family History Information as Recorded in a Family Medicine Chart Versus that Obtained by a Genetic Counselor
Laura A. Krass 2007
Platform presentation at 2007 NSGC conference

Core Competencies in Family History for All Health Care Professionals
Emily A. Malouf 2007
Platform presentation at 2008 NSGC conference

Current Resources, Methods, and Strategies for the Identification of Clinically Important Cytogenetic Abnormalities: A Survey and Independent Analysis
Aimee Piurek 2007
Platform presentation at 2007 NSGC conference

Prediction of Parenting Stress Levels Using Maladaptive Characteristics Observed in the Cornelia DeLange Syndrome Behavioral Phenotype
Elizabeth Peterson Platt 2007
Poster presentation at 2007 NSGC conference

An Examination of Sleep Disturbances in Cornelia DeLange Syndrome
Georgette Saba 2007
Poster presentation at 2007 NSGC conference

Prevalence of Six Co-Morbid Non-Bladder Conditions in Multiplex Families with IC/PBS; a Case-Controlled Study
Rebecca Crosetto 2007  

Determination of Risk Assessment Protocols or Midtrimester Amniocentesis in Prenatal Care Centers
Jodie M. Martin 2008
Poster presentation at 2008 NSGC conference

The Use of Invasive Prenatal Diagnostic Tests in Patients with a History of Infertility
Carolyn M. Dinsmore 2008
Platform presentation at 2008 NSGC conference

The Mother-Daughter Breast Cancer Connection: Risk Perception, Cancer Worry and Impact of Event Study
Rosemarie C. Keefe 2008
Poster presentation at 2008 NSGC conference

Assessment of Physicians’ Screening Practices and Knowledge of Genetic Disorders in the Ashkenazi Jewish Population
Andrea M. Short 2008
Poster presentation at 2008 NSGC conference

Attitudes of Genetic Counselors Toward a Pictorial Representation of Genetic Disease
Karen R. Siklosi 2008  

Assessing Genetic Counselors’ Knowledge About Spinal Muscular Atrophy and Attitudes Toward a Carrier Screening Program
Natalie M. Beck 2009
Platform presentation at 2009 NSGC conference

Is it Enough? A Review of High School Genetics Content and Its Role in Promoting Biologic Literacy and Informed Decision Making in Genetic Counseling
Lauren E. Doyle 2009  

Genetic Counseling for Pediatric Neuromuscular Disorders in Neuromuscular Clinics: A Survey of Parents’ Experiences and Genetic Knowledge
Jacquelyn A. Francis 2009
Platform presentation at 2009 NSGC conference

Genetic Counselors’ Experience with Adolescent Patients in the Prenatal Genetic Counseling Session
Catherine M. Griswold 2009
Poster presentation at 2009 NSGC conference

An Assessment of Current Knowledge, Practice and Needs of Genetic Counselors and Diabetes Educators Regarding Counseling Patients with Diabetes Mellitus (DM) and Available Genetic Testing
Stephanie E. Miller 2009
Poster presentation at 2009 NSGC conference

Developing Pre-Operation Support Materials for Children and Adolescents with Loeys-Dietz Syndrome Undergoing Invasive Cardiovascular Surgery: A Pilot Study
Laura Hutchins 2010  

Motivation for the Amish Populations Participation in Genetic Research
Casey Lord 2010
Poster presentation at 2010 NSGC conference

Newborn Screening: An Attitude and Knowledge Assessment of Nurses and Other Healthcare Providers in Maryland
Johanna Loewenstein 2010  

Do Good, Not Harm: Assessment of the Guidance and Training Provided by Disease Advocacy Organizations (DAO’s) to Prepare their Members to Become Effective Resources for Newly Diagnosed Individuals and Families Joining their Group
Zlatka Kostova 2010  

Support Service Needs of Adult Siblings of Persons with Cornelia de Lange Syndrome
Veronique Weinstein 2010
Poster presentation at 2010 NSGC conference

The Impact of Children with Special Needs on Reproductive Decisions: Parent Reports of Birth Order and Influential Factors within the Child, Family, and the Community
Jennifer Weiss 2010
Poster presentation at 2010 NSGC conference