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NSGC Podcast Series

NSGC Podcast Series

By National Society of Genetic Counselors
The NSGC Podcast Series explores leading voices and best practices in genetic counseling. This podcast is produced by the National Society of Genetic Counselors. For more information on NSGC, please visit
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Testing First and Counseling After: Population Genomic Screening and Genetic Counseling

NSGC Podcast Series

Testing First and Counseling After: Population Genomic Screening and Genetic Counseling
Join Podcast Subcommittee member Mary Pat Bland in conversation with Marci Schwartz, ScM, CGC; Kelly Tangney, MS, LCGC; and Amy Curry Sturm, MS, CGC. This episode covers Marci, Amy, and team's article on the Journal of Genetic Counseling (JoGC) entitled "Genetic Counseling for patients with positive genomic screening results: Considerations for when the genetic test comes first" and is eligible for CEUs as part of the JoGC CEU program. Speakers discuss their work with the myCode Genomic Screening and Couseling Program and the All of Us Research Program.  The National Institutes of Health All of Us Research Program is partnering with one million or more people across the United States to build the most diverse biomedical data resource of its kind, to help accelerate health research and medical breakthroughs, enabling individualized prevention, treatment, and care for all of us. Genomic research results from All of Us will be made available to participants who consent to receive them, and those participants will have free, unlimited access to genetic counseling services through Color, who was awarded the All of Us Research Program's Genetic Counseling Resource.
August 31, 2022
Advocating for the Intersex Community: How to Begin Dismantling a History of Harm
About 2% of people are diagnosed as intersex, but there is a lack of research on the experiences of intersex people, especially in the genetic counseling field. Podcast Subcommittee members Liann Jimmons and Jessica Dronen interview genetic counselors Darius Haghighat, Kayla Horowitz, and Rebecca Freeman about their research and advocacy for the intersex community. We hope this conversation will help our listeners advocate for and empower the intersex community through their work. Click here for additional resources on this important topic.
July 05, 2022
New Directions in Newborn Screening: Krabbe and Beyond
NSGC Podcast Subcommittee members Ryan Kuehl, Liann Jimmons, and Jessica Dronen discuss the implications for healthcare systems and the role of genetic counselors in an evolving newborn screening landscape with Dr. Debra Lynn Day-Salvatore, MD, PhD, FAAP, FACMG; Amy Gaviiglio, MS, CGC; and Laiken Peterson, MS, LCGC. This episode discusses the Journal of Genetic Counseling (JoGC) article "A qualitative assessment of parental experiences with false-positive newborn screening for Krabbe disease" and is part of the JoGC CEU program.
May 02, 2022
Heart Health Advocacy: Patient and Provider Perspectives
Welcome to season 5 of the NSGC Podcast Series! We are kicking off the 2022 season with a discussion on cardiogenetics to honor American Heart Month. Join Podcast Subcommittee members Naomi Wagner and Mary Pat Bland, cardiovascular genetic counselor Nadine Channaoui, MS, CGC, and patients Rebecca, Abby, and Theresa as they share their personal and professional stories of FLNC gene mutation and the associated increased risks for sudden cardiac arrest. Our speakers are passionate advocates for increasing heart health awareness, including CPR and AED training. To learn more and locate resources in your area, please visit the American Heart Association at We would love to hear your feedback and suggestions for the NSGC podcast series. If you'd like to share your comments, please respond to our brief survey by visiting Thank you!
February 28, 2022
Fireside Chats with Mentors and Colleagues
To end 2021 on a lighter, more positive note, the members of the 2021 Podcast Subcommittee conducted one-on-one interviews with mentors and admired colleagues in the field of genetic counseling to discuss their accomplishments and aspirations for the future of the profession. Join us as Ryan Kuehl speaks with Shannan Dixon, Naomi Wagner meets with Michelle Fox, Rawan Awwad interviews Wendy Uhlmann, and Mary Pat Bland discusses with Karen Kovak. Thank you for listening to the 2021 NSGC Podcast series! As we prepare for another season of the podcast, we’d love to hear from you – our listeners – about what you love, what changes you'd like to see, and/or what you would like to hear in 2022. Please complete this brief survey to share your feedback.
December 30, 2021
Access and Service Delivery: Changing the Conversation
Join Podcast Subcommittee member Ryan Kuehl in conversation with Emily Boothe and Brian Reys from NSGC's Access and Service Delivery Committee. Emily and Brian share personal experiences with service delivery challenges and innovations and advice for tackling these issues in your own workplace. This conversation draws on the Journal of Genetic Counseling (JoGC) article "Genetic counseling service delivery models: A study of genetic counselors’ interests, needs, and barriers to implementation", to which Emily was a contributing author. This episode is approved as part of the JoGC CEU program.
October 27, 2021
Special Episode: J.E.D.I. - Next Steps After the Exeter Report Comment Period
In this special episode, Podcast Subcommittee Chair Naomi Wagner meets with NSGC Director at Large and liaison to the J.E.D.I Committee Jodie M. Vento and J.E.D.I Committee student member Brady Bunkleman to discuss comments received in response to the Exeter Report and next steps in NSGC's J.E.D.I. journey.
September 20, 2021
Addressing Information Gaps in Sickle Cell Education
This episode addresses genetic counseling topics that relate to sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait, discusses medical racism, and reviews the importance of accessible information and education related to sickle cell disease and sickle trait. Podcast Subcommittee member Mary Pat Bland meets with Dr. Tilicia Mayo-Gamble to discuss her Journal of Genetic Counseling (JoGC) article "Sickle cell carriers’ unmet information needs: Beyond knowing trait status", and Podcast Subcommittee Chair Naomi Wagner meets with Liann Jimmons to discuss her video “Introduction to Genetic Counseling: Sickle Cell Trait and Sickle Cell Disease”. This episode is approved as part of the JoGC CEU series.
August 31, 2021
Genetic Testing and Social Media: Growing a Space for Genetic Counselors
Podcast Subcommittee member, Ryan Kuehl, interviews Dr. Corey Basch about her JoGC article "DNA testing information on YouTube: Inadequate advice can mislead and harm the public" and discusses genetic testing information and misinformation in online spaces with Ms. Ellen Matloff. Ryan and Podcast Subcommittee Chair, Naomi Wagner, discuss the implications for genetic counselors' presence on social media. This episode is approved for the JoGC CEU program.
July 07, 2021
Special Episode: J.E.D.I. - NSGC & The Exeter Group Report
Podcast Subcommittee Chair, Naomi Wagner, meets with our former Chair and member of NSGC's J.E.D.I. Committee Khalida Liaquat to discuss how to engage with NSGC's Exeter Group Report. Make your voice heard during the open comment period, which will close on June 9, 2021!
May 26, 2021
Infertility from the Inside: Journeys of Loss & Hope
In this episode our hosts Naomi, Rawan, and Mary Pat speak with Katie Hornberger, MS, CGC, Annabel Adams, and Melissa Strassberg, MS, CGC on their personal and professional experiences with infertility.
May 03, 2021
Family Testing for VUS Reclassification: Family Member and Provider Perspectives
Welcome to the fourth season of the NSGC Podcast Series! In this episode, our hosts Naomi and Ryan speak with Dr. Brian Shirts and Courtney Kokenakes on family testing for VUS reclassification. 
February 28, 2021
Communicating Results - Lessons from the Rare Disease Community
For the final episode of our NSGC Podcast Series 2020 season, guests Courtney Studwell and Kimberly LeBlanc join our host for a discussion on the undiagnosed disease network and result communication.  
November 27, 2020
Genetic Counselor Awareness Day – Voices of our Community
Happy Genetic Counselor Awareness Day! This day is dedicated to empowering genetic counselors to help raise awareness and interest about genetic counselors in our communities and institutions and to help consumers understand the important and supportive role genetic counselors can play in their healthcare. To celebrate, the NSGC podcast team created an episode that highlights many voices from our profession. For this episode, we asked genetic counselors to submit short, anonymous audio clips describing briefly who they are and how they identify and to elaborate on their background or to answer the question “what is your hope for the genetic counseling profession?”
November 12, 2020
Genetic Counselors: Let's Talk about Disability
In this episode, our hosts speak with with Melanie Moshier and Sarah Hunt on their own personal experiences with disabilities and the intersection of these experiences and the genetic counseling profession.
October 30, 2020
Diversity and Inclusion in Genetic Counseling Research, Training, and Practice
In this episode, we’ll be discussing diversity and inclusion in genetic counseling practice, research, and training, using a recent journal of genetic counseling article as jumping-off point.
August 28, 2020
GCs in Academia: When is a PhD the right Path?
In this episode, each Podcast Subcommittee member speaks with a different genetic counseling superstar to discuss GCs who pursue doctorate degrees. 
June 30, 2020
Who Makes More? Addressing the Gender Pay Gap in Genetic Counseling
In this episode, our hosts speak with three guests to discuss the current gender pay gap in genetic counseling, and how we can advocate for our own profession for the future. 
April 28, 2020
#IAmAGeneticCounselor - What's in a Name?
In this episode, our host speaks with Chandler Means and Beth Denne to explore the title of Genetic Counselor and how it relates to our roles. To learn more, visit
February 29, 2020
38th Annual Conference Interviews
Our hosts hand over the microphone to our guests, who interview one another at the Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah on the evolution of our profession
December 20, 2019
Special Edition Episode: 2019 Genetic Counselor Awareness Day
In this special edition episode, our host speaks with Adam Buchanan to celebrate Genetic Counselor Awareness Day. 
November 13, 2019
Communication of Genetic Information - Ethical Issues for Genetic Counselors
NSGC is joined by Meghan Strenk, chair of the NSGC Ethics Advisory Group, and Shelby Taylor, author of Family communication following a diagnosis of myotonic dystrophy: To tell or not to tell?, published in the NSGC Journal of Genetic Counseling. Today, we're talking ethics! 
November 11, 2019
Transitioning into the Workforce: What We Can All Learn from New Genetic Counselors
In this episode, our hosts will sit down with two genetic counselors to discuss the difficulties of transitioning from student to practicing genetic counselor, and their experiences with this transition
August 29, 2019
Transgender Patients in the Cancer Care Setting: Gaining Insights from Cutting-Edge Research
In this episode, Kayla Sheets and Khalida Liaquat sit down with Kim Zayhowski and Rosalba Sacca to discuss how genetic counselors and genetic counseling serves as a resource, not a barrier to transgender individuals.
June 26, 2019
Cultivating Cultural Safety in Genetic Counseling
In this episode, Kate Wilson and Khalida Liaquat sit down with Nicole Bertsch, Jenny Morgan, and Patricia Birch to further explore the authors' recent articles in the Journal of Genetic Counseling and shed light on genetic counselors cultivating cultural safety with diverse patient populations.  For complete information on the speakers in today's episode, and on the NSGC Podcast series, visit  Don't forget to subscribe to the show!
April 30, 2019
Self Care for Genetic Counselors
In this episode, NSGC is joined by Catriona Hippman and Colleen Caleshu to talk about self-care, mindfulness, meditation and other tools Genetic Counselors can use to tackle the New Year. 
March 01, 2019
37th Annual Conference Recordings
December 18, 2018
Patient Advocacy
August 27, 2018
Genetic Counselors and Social Media
In this inaugural episode of the NSGC Podcast Series, hosts Khalida Liaquat and Kate Wilson sit down with Scott Weissman, MS, CGC; Jessica Greenwood, MS, LGC; and Dena Goldberg, MS, LCGC to discuss the importance of genetic counselors' involvement with social media.  For complete information on the NSGC Podcast series, visit  Don't forget to subscribe to the show!
June 13, 2018