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Thesis Research

From the beginning we have been committed to original research in genetic counseling. Master of Science Thesis Research strives to improve practice, integrate new technologies in patient care and appreciate the psychosocial impact of genetics within our patients’ lives.

We encourage you to identify an area of interest during your first year of Thesis Seminar as we guide you in creating your own original research project. While you conduct your research, you'll have the technological support of a Tier 1 research university

Thesis research has generated many published abstracts, presented papers and publications over the program's history. The resulting work is presented at Discover USC as you conclude your senior year and projects are often presented by the new graduate at the National Society of Genetic Counselors or other professional society conference.

Master of Science Thesis Research

  • Is Current Fragile X Syndrome Genetic Counseling Enough? Expanding the Clinical Phenotype of Fragile X in Premutation and Intermediate Allele Carriers
  • The Impact of Communication Deficits on Puberty and Sexual Development in Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum
  • Family Planning Decisions Following a Child’s Diagnosis of Rett Syndrome: A Pilot Study
  • Assessing the Barriers to Cardiac Care in Carriers of Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy
  • Patient Interest In and Comfort With Discussing a Personal and/or Family History of Mental Illness with a Genetic Counselor During Prenatal Genetic Counseling
  • Spiritual Care in Cancer Genetic Counseling: Patient Perceptions of Methods
  • Understanding Barriers to Genetic Testing for Sickle Cell Trait: The African-American Male Perspective
  • Family Response to Whole Exome Sequencing Reanalysis and Its Impact on the Diagnostic Odyssey
  • Integrating Genetic Counseling and Testing in the Pediatric Oncology Setting: Parental Attitudes and Influencing Factors
  • Pediatric Genetic Counselor Perspective on Serving the Foster Care Population and the Integration of Genetic Information within the Health Passport
  • Exercise Recommendations For Active Adults at Risk For Sudden Cardiac Death. Can I Continue to Exercise?
  • Recipients’ Perspectives Regarding Expanded Carrier Screening of Gamete Donors
  • Assessment of Patient Satisfaction with the Provision of Fertility Information in Women with Lynch Syndrome
  • Adoptees’ Experiences with Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: Emotions, Satisfaction and Motivating Factors
  • The Perceived Utility of Personalized Genomic Medicine in Individuals with a Family History of Heart Disease: A Pilot Study
  • Assessing Women’s Attitudes Towards Genetic Testing for Hereditary Breast Cancer
  • The Decision-Making Process for Individuals at Risk for Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer
  • Parental Experience of Divulging a Diagnosis of Fragile X Syndrome to Their Affected Child
  • Parents’ Understanding of Sensory Processing in Their Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • The Undiagnosed Patient and the Diagnostic Odyssey: Current Genetic Counseling Practices and Perspectives
  • The Information and Emotional Support Needs of Grandparents of Children with Pompe Disease
  • Reflections on the Current State of Healthcare Transition for Young Adult Women with Turner Syndrome: Strategies for Facilitating Autonomy and Self-Management
  • Genetic Counseling for Alcohol Use Disorder: Assessment of Need in Affected and At-Risk Populations
  • Re-contacting Cancer Genetic Counseling Patients: Expectations of Patients and Physicians
  • Unaffected Women’s Decisions to Have Prophylactic Risk-Reducing Mastectomies
  • Communication Patterns of Maternal PKU Syndrome
  • Young Adults with Asperger Syndrome and the Achievement of Their Future Goals
  • Exploring How the Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death is Discussed in Families with a Diagnosis of a SADS Condition
  • Evaluating Changes in Patient Anxiety about Breast Cancer Test Results: Classic Gene Testing vs. Multigene Panel Testing
  • Variant Reclassification in Breast Cancer Genetic Testing: Are Genetic Counselors Prepared?
  • A Review of Current Practices
  • Exploring Birth-parent’s Experiences of Creating an Adoption Plan for Their Children with Down Syndrome
  • An Exploration of the Genetic Counselor and Patient Relationship: The Long-term Prenatal Relationship
  • Evaluating the “Family-Centered” Approach of Pediatric Multidisciplinary Down Syndrome Clinics: Parent Perspectives
  • Evaluating the Pregnancy Health Literacy and Decision Making of Couples of Advanced Parental Age
  • Parental Satisfaction and Teacher Perspectives on the Mainstreaming of Students with Asperger Syndrome: An Educational Tool
  • Evaluation of Genotype-Phenotype Correlation in Cases Submitted for X-Linked Intellectual Disability (XLID) Gene Panel Testing
  • Personal Dilemmas with Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD): Opinions and Attitudes of Genetic Counselors
  • I Wish I Had Known This!: Impact of Age on Life Choices and Testing Satisfaction for Unaffected BRCA1/2 Mutation Carriers Ages 18 to 24
  • Use of Social Media and the Impact of Support on the Well-being of Adults with Cystic Fibrosis
  • Post-Transition Outcomes in Young Adults with Down Syndrome: Parents’ Perspectives
  • The Impact of Minority Cultural Identity on Genetic Counselors’ Performance and Perspectives