SLC Graduates Celebrated At National Society Of Genetic Counselors Conference

The 25th Annual Education Conference of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC), held this year from November 11 to 14 in Nashville, TN, presented six out of the seven NSGC awards to M.S. graduates of the Joan H. Marks Graduate Program in Human Genetics at Sarah Lawrence College. Approximately one-third of certified genetic counselors have passed through the program, the first of its kind in North America. For more information, please call 914-395-2371 or e-mail

“A multi-pronged, socially conscious way of taking care of people is what is stressed in the teaching at Sarah Lawrence College,” said Caroline Lieber, director of the Human Genetics Graduate Program. “The majority of these people are long standing, passionate genetic counselors who have worked hard over the course of their careers to best help people affected by genetic disease. This is recognition for a lifetime of work for those who go above and beyond the job of the counselor.”

Those recognized include Vickie Venne `78, Joan Scott `78, Lori Correia `95, Heather Hampel `95, Sylvia Au as well as Deb Lochner Doyle `86 who won the Natalie Weissberger PaulAward. This honor, named after a March of Dimes employee and strong supporter of the profession of genetic counseling is the highest prize that can be granted by the NSGC. “It is really designed as a lifetime award,” said Lieber, “It is presented to a genetic counselor with a stellar record of service.”

In addition, the NSGC recognized two Sarah Lawrence graduates for outstanding abstracts. The Best Member Abstract award was granted to Susan Randall Armel ’99 and the Beth Fine Best Student Abstract Award went to Vicki Lyus, M.S.’06 for her project on the genetics of schizophrenia and what people who have schizophrenia think about genetics. The honor’s namesake is Beth Fine ’79, another Sarah Lawrence graduate who died of breast cancer at forty-one.