Summary of expertise:
Genetic counseling, genetic screening, genetic testing, prenatal diagnosis, preconception counseling and planning, genetic family history, newborn screening, ethical and psychosocial issues related to medical genetic testing and genetic risk status, careers in medical genetics, where to find genetic services, what to expect from genetic counseling and genetic testing, what is a genetic counselor.
Blog/Web site: http://www.acmg.net
Co-author on more than 50 peer-reviewed publications on genetic counseling, genetic testing, and genetics education.
With over 25 years of experience in the field of genetics counseling and testing, Judith L. Benkendorf, MS, CGC can speak knowledgeably to consumers and the general public about genetic counseling, genetic screening, genetic testing, prenatal diagnosis, preconception counseling and preconception planning, family medical history, family genetic history, ethical and social issues related to genetics, impact of genetic information and genetic rsisk status or a genetic diagnosis, genetics education, careers in medical genetics, where to find genetic services, how to find a genetic counselor, and what to expect from genetic counseling and genetic services. Ms. Benkendorf is with the American College of Medical Genetics, which also serves as the federally-funded National Coordinating Center for the Genetics and Newborn Screening Regional Collaborative Groups.
Prior media experience:
Very comfortable with the media including broadcast interviews. Articulate, knowledgeable, helpful and succinct.
BS, Biological Sciences, Univ. of Cincinnati. MS, Human Genetics, Sarah Lawrence College. Georgetown Univ. Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Intensive Bioethics Course, United States House of Representatives, AAAS Congressional Fellow in Science and Health Policy.
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