Kelli Conlan

BA, Brown University. MS, Sarah Lawrence College. A field counselor with Quest Diagnostics, Kelli has broad experience in genetic counseling, with 13 years of clinical experience in genetic counseling for hereditary cancer and an additional two years of experience in a genetic testing laboratory. She has started and maintained cancer risk assessment programs at multiple institutions and has worked closely with local support groups and community organizations to more deeply understand the psychosocial issues that patients have in the context of a cancer diagnosis, living with cancer, having a family history of cancer, and having a known predisposition for cancer. This experience allows her to provide genetic counseling students with a broad introduction to hereditary cancer and cancer genetic testing. SLC, 2013-

Graduate Courses

Human Genetics 2017-2018

Cancer Genetic Counseling

Graduate Seminar—Spring

The Cancer Genetic Counseling course provides students with an understanding of cancer genetic counseling through case-based study of clinical services. Students are introduced to the anatomy and physiology of affected organs, screening modalities, and treatment options; become familiar with the pathology and cancer genetic counseling; interpret pedigrees and utilize cancer risk models; understand testing criterion, options, and interpretation of results; and explore the psychosocial aspects of hereditary cancer syndromes.

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Previous Courses

Introduction to Cancer Genetic Counseling

Graduate Seminar—Spring

The focus of this course is to provide students with an understanding of cancer genetic counseling through case based study of clinical services. This course will provide students with an introduction to the medicine of breast, ovarian and colon cancers, including anatomy and physiology of affected organs, screening modalities and treatment options. Familiarize students with the terminology and vocabulary associated with oncology, pathology and cancer genetic counseling. Instruct students on family and medical history collection, pedigree interpretation and cancer risk model utilization. Inform students about testing criterion, presentation of testing options and interpretation of test results. Explore the psychosocial aspects of hereditary cancer syndromes, family dynamics, patient autonomy and grief.

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