Directed Studies Projects

The M.Sc. Genetic Counselling Program includes a research project as a graduation requirement. The purpose of the research requirement is for each student to have the opportunity to gain experience in study design, research methods, academic writing, and self-directed education.  This requirement is meant to be an introduction to the area of research in genetic counselling and is not a formal Master’s thesis requirement.

Examples of Directed Study Projects (2017-2019):

Heather Barnes. Trans-Inclusive Genetic Counselling Services: Recommendations from the Transgender Community (2019).
Taylor Costa. Genetic Counselling Workforce Trends in Canada: Employer Practices and Perspectives (2019).
Brittany Gillies. Study of Employment for Recent Canadian Genetic Counselling Graduates (2019).
Kellie Brown. An Educational Video for a Population at Risk for Hereditary Pancreatic Cancer: Exploring the Roles of Anxiety and Cancer Worry in Patient Outcomes (2019).
Kelly Turner. Providers’ Perceptions of Parental Decision-Making and Attitudes Toward Full and Virtual Fetal Autopsy (2019).
Emma Hitchcock. Shortened Consent Forms for Genome-Wide Sequencing: Patient and Provider Perspectives (2019).

Kennedy Borle. Exploring the importance of recurrence numbers in psychiatric genetic counselling (2018) – published in Clinical Genetics. 2018; 94:239–245.
Stephanie Chieffo. Development and evaluation of a patient resource for psychiatric risk involved in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (2018).
Vanessa Di Gioacchino. Canadian Genetic Healthcare Professionals’ Attitudes Towards Discussing Private Pay Options with Patients (2018) – Published in Molecular genetics & genomic medicine 2019 Apr;7(4):e00572.
Cara Ingles. Understanding new developmental syndromes (2018).
Eugene Wong. Exploring the psychosocial impact of receiving a variant reclassification in patients with inherited cardiac diseases (2018) – Published in European Journal of Human Genetics. 27. 1. 10.1038/s41431-019-0377-6.
Jill Madden. Determining how genetic test results from a standardized gene panel affect worry, regret or perceived risk of hereditary cancer in British Columbia (2018).

Katie Compton. Storytelling as a Decision-Making Tool in Predictive Testing: A Qualitative Study (2017).
Brianna Davies. Assessing Inherited Arrhythmia Patients’ Unmet Needs and Support Service Preferences (2017).
Nicole Forster. Communication and understanding of mitochondrial disease risk: an exploratory study (2017).
Stephanie Huynh. Behavioural changes after psychiatric genetic counselling: an exploratory study (2017) – Published in European Neuropsychopharmacology, Volume 29, Supplement 3, 2019; Presented at the NSGC in 2017.
Karen Jacob. Expert Perspectives on CRISPR-Cas9 Germline Editing Technology (2017).
Emma Smith. Parental Attitudes towards Genome-Wide Sequencing in Two Pediatric Cohorts (2017) – Published in the Journal of Genetic Counselling. 2019 Apr;28(2):263-272; Poster Presentation at the ACMG in 2018.