Claire Davis

Program Director, Human Genetics

BA/BS/BS, University of Washington. MS, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. EdD, Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition to her duties as program director in human genetics, she is the course director for two first-year courses, a thesis advisor, and a graduate co-chair of the Sarah Lawrence College Institutional Review Board. Prior to coming to SLC, Claire worked as a cancer counselor and assistant director for the genetic counseling training program at Mount Sinai. Claire recently earned her doctorate in adult education, completing a dissertation on the professional learning of genetic counselors. SLC, 2015–

Graduate Courses

Human Genetics 2019-2020

Fundamentals of Genetic Counseling I

Graduate Seminar—Fall

Fundamentals of Genetic Counseling I introduces students to skills necessary for genetic counseling. The course is structured around key components of a genetic counseling encounter. Readings provide foundational knowledge of relevant concepts, and class discussions encourage the comparison of different perspectives and applications. Course instructors demonstrate each skill, and students then engage in skill development through role-play, peer feedback, and self-assessment.


Fundamentals of Genetic Counseling II

Graduate Seminar—Spring

Building on the skill set of Fundamentals of Genetic Counseling I, Fundamentals of Genetic Counseling II develops skills relevant to psychosocial assessment and interventions. Focus is placed on first exploring patient characteristics and concerns, then utilizing appropriate counseling skills to respond in a patient-centered way. Course activities include discussion, small-group activities, demonstration, and role-play with peer feedback.