More than one-third of the nation's genetic counselors have studied at Sarah Lawrence.
Daniel Riconda loved genetics and psychology as an undergraduate student, and found his way to the field of genetic counseling through a visit to his school's career development office.
Jordanna Joaquina decided she wanted to be a genetic counselor in her high school AP Biology class. Today, she is merging her genetic counseling skills with the Internet—and becoming an entrepreneur in the process.
Heather Hampel wanted to be a genetic counselor since age 12. The Human Genetics graduate program helped her achieve that goal—and enormous success in the field.
"If you want to be a member of an interesting profession, in an engaging field that has no boundaries, then Human Genetics is right for you. One can be a clinical genetic counselor, apply their genetics and counseling skills in business, public health, and or health policy—it is a wonderful profession and leads to a great career."
Intrigued by the ethical dilemmas surrounding genetic testing and the field of genetic counseling, Amelia Chappelle chose to pursue a degree in Human Genetics.
"[My experiences] showed me that there was a way to do science outside of a lab with a greater human element; I came to realize that I could apply science in a way that directly changes people’s lives."
Sandra Donkervoort’s academic interest in the sciences –combined with a desire for direct patient contact– lead her to the field of human genetics.
"Everything I experienced at Sarah Lawrence eventually was incorporated into my career."
To the patients she works with in The Bronx, New York, Daniela Iacoboni is more than a prenatal genetic counselor—she is the person who can help them turn their choices into action.
"The Sarah Lawrence name has opened more doors than I ever expected."
When a career test suggested “genetic counselor,” Tara Shea’s love of science and people—and experience with her own genetic condition—came together.
With a wide array of fieldwork assignments, Erin Carter’s clinical rotations provided a comprehensive view of the genetics field and helped in preparing for certification exams.