Each student is required to complete a research project on a topic of their choice related to the genetic counseling profession. Students are introduced to the research project in the Fall and Winter semesters of their first year in the Research Project Seminar (MBG 7999, section 001, Fall Y1) and Applied Epidemiology (FPH 7250, Winter Y1), the program’s research methods course.  In these courses, students learn about the research process including study design, institutional review boards, data analysis and professional writing. The project is self-directed and generally involves formulating and testing a hypothesis.

Examples of student projects might include the following: a report on a small series of cases which illustrates a novel concept or answers a specific question; the evaluation of an innovative educational tool, screening tool, or counseling strategy; analysis and interpretation of data from an existing research project or database to answer a new question; or generation of new data followed by analysis and interpretation to answer an original question.

Students present their research findings during the genetic counseling seminar series in the final semester of study. It is also expected that students will submit an abstract of their research project to a national meeting (e.g., NSGC, ASHG, ACMG) and for publication when appropriate. The research project falls under the University’s Plan B for Master’s students.

  Plan B Project Titles 2002-2014
Student Name   Year
  Plan B Project Title  
Erica Horger   2003   Factors associated with a heightened perception of risk among African American women with a family history of breast cancer  
Seema Panchal   2003   Genetic counseling recommendations for Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease  
Bryanna Cox-Gover   2003   Identifying barriers to seeking genetics services for children with confirmed hearing loss  
Dima El-Khechen   2004   Assessing the validity of the CancerGene program, a BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutation risk assessment tool, using a chart review  
Jennifer Grffin-Burton   2004   Undergraduate biology professors' knowledge of and advising practices regarding the field of genetic counseling  
Stephanie Hurst   2004   Quantifying the female carrier phenotype of Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease  
Kate Shane   2004   Improving cancer risk assessment in primary care  
Elizabeth Herr   2005   The clinical presentation of women with Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease Type X (CMTX)  
Tami Friedberg   2005   Predictors of knowledge of hereditary breast cancer among ethnically diverse breast cancer patients  
Katie Moore-Biro   2005   Medical students' use of genetics knowledge and skills during the Year 3 clerkships  
Ryan Rodarmer   2005   Attitudes toward genetic counseling, testing and research  
Karen Metzler   2006   A self-administered screening tool to select patients at risk for a hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome: A pilot study using a revised family history assessment tool (FHAT)  
Allison Lawrence   2006   The impact of not proceeding with predictive genetic testing in individuals at risk for Huntington Disease  
Gwenn Sickles   2006   Women's knowledge and expectations of fetal ultrasound  
Lauren Hickson   2006   Advice for families: How to communicate BRCA 1/2 results with your relatives  
Rupin Dhamankar   2007   Outcome of Pregnancies Detected With Non-mosaic Trisomy 16 by Chorionic Villus Sampling  
Stephanie Farner   2007   Client Expectations of Genetic Counseling: What Are They and Are We Meeting Them?  
Lori Felczak   2007   The Natural History of Pelizaeus Merzbacher Disease: Patients with Duplications  
Lindsey Weed   2007   Evaluation of Patient Satisfaction with Genetic Counseling Services  
Jennifer Barrick   2008   Outcomes of clinical application of published diagnostic criteria for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Spectrum Disorders  
Lindsey Bennett   2008   Is Pelizaeus-Merzbacher a Progressive Disorder?  
Jacqueline Gauthier   2008   Attitudes and Perceptions of Genetic Counseling for Hereditary Breast Cancer Among Arab-American Women?  
Sarah Kramer   2008   Demographics, Family, and Adherence in Pediatric PKU Patients  
Lindsey Stott   2008   The Potential Impact of Prenatal Diagnosis of Birth Defects and Elective Termination on Rates of Birth Defects in Michigan  
Emily Swan   2008   A Quantitative Study of Reproductive Decision-Making in Charcot-Marie Tooth Disease  
Tiara Johnson   2009   Collecting a Family History of Adult-onset Disorders in a Pediatric Genetic Setting  
Kelly Kennelly   2009   Assessing the Validity of Family History Collection in a Pediatric Genetics Setting  
Mary Nyhuis   2009   The Validity of the CancerGene Program to Assess the Probability of BRCA1/2 Mutation: The Impact of Limited Family Structure  
Preethi Premkumar   2009   Qualitative Evaluation of a New Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease Neuropathy Scoring System for Children in a Multidisciplinary CMT Clinic  
Abbey Putnam   2009   Dominant Versus Non-Dominant Hand Strength in CMT1A  
Kate Zellmer   2009   Comparison of Methods: Family History Questionnaire Versus a 3-Generation Pedigree Interview in an Infertility Setting  
Sohnee Ahmed   2010   Quality of Life in Caregivers of People with Huntington Disease  
Ghazal Almradi   2010   Characterizing Family History of Heart Disease in High Risk Women and its Correlation with Risk Reducing Behaviors  
Melissa Dumouchelle   2010   Reaching the Next Generation of Scientists: What Do High School Textbooks Say about Genomics and Genetic Counseling?  
Veronica Kokavec   2010   Comparison of Methods: The Utility of a Family History Questionnaire versus a Three-Generation Pedigree Interview in Couples with Infertility  
Stephanie Percich   2010   Surveillance of BRCA1/2 Genetic Testing Referral and Use  
Michael Jay Harrison


Predictors of consent to donate biological sample data to the NIH Central Repository

Sommer Hayden


Parental attitudes regarding expanding newborn screening to include Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: A unique perspective of parents with an affected child

Lauren Isley


Preimplantation genetic diagnosis: An investigation of knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions of parents of children with muscular dystrophy

Jason Laufman


Evaluation of state comprehensive cancer control plans for genetics and genomics content

Divya Wilson Mathews


Non-chromosomal risks associated with low maternal serum estriol levels during pregnancy

Bridget O’Connor


Education  on fetal alcohol syndrome/fetal alcohol spectrum disorders provided at women’s publically funded treatment centers in the state of Michigan

Nikki Hadjuk


The influence of culture and ethnicity on hereditary breast and ovarian cancer genetic testing and counseling uptake

Mary Mobley

An Educational Needs Assessment of Primary Care Physicians in the Genomics Era
Tessa Paling


Behavioral challenges faced by parents of children with cystic fibrosis: A needs assessment for an educational program
Ashley Reeves

Information preferences regarding informed consent models for genetic carrier screening
Renee Tousignant

Where are we now? Genetic testing practice for CMT1A
Shirley Yao

Clinical comparison of familial and non-familial pediatric epilepsy cases
Jamie Armour

Metabolic Testing in Children with Developmental Delay
Mitchell Dillon


Transitioning Patients with Neuromuscular Disorders from Pediatric to Adult Care
Gina Robinson-Haase

Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Cancer Genetic Risk Assessment Tool in Helping Clinicians Identify Patients at Increased Risk of Cancer
Sienna Wallace

Natural History of Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease and PLP1-Related Disorders
Sheila Zwiesele

Investigation of How Parents Help Their Child with PKU Cope With Feeling Different
Amanda Bartenbaker


Genetic counseling clients’ views on religious and spiritual assessment in genetic counseling

Kelly Burgess


What are the differences between telephone and in person genetic counseling from the genetic counselors’ perspective?

Sarah Campian


Universal screening for Lynch syndrome:  One Center’s experience

Lisa Gillis


Online information-seeking behavior of prenatal genetic counseling patients

Ashley Port


Jewish women’s health project:  Understanding cancer risk and attitudes in the Orthodox Jewish community

Mary Schultz


Adherence to health supervision guidelines for children with Down syndrome

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