The CHOP PediSeq Project

The Pediatric Clinical Sequencing Project

Position:
Bioethics Primary Investigator
Address:
Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA
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Barbara Bernhardt received a B.S. in Biology from Cornell University and an M.S. in Epidemiology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Ms Bernhardt is a board-certified genetic counselor who has practiced for over 30 years in a variety of settings, including pediatrics, prenatal, adult medicine and oncology.

In 1991, she joined the Genetics and Public Policy Studies Unit at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where she was an investigator on a number of NIH-funded projects that explored both qualitatively and quantitatively: the diffusion of new genetic technologies; consumer and provider knowledge of and attitudes towards genetics and genetic testing; methods of delivering and evaluating genetic services; patient-provider communication; and reimbursement for genetic services. She was previously the Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins University/National Institutes of Health Genetic Counseling Graduate Program and taught the thesis proposal development course as a part of that program. She joined the Department of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 2003.

Ms. Bernhardt has served on numerous local and national committees and advisory boards as a genetic counselor and as an expert in ethical, legal and social implications of the Human Genome Project. She currently provides genetic counseling to adults with or at risk for genetic disorders, and is interested in decision-making under conditions of uncertainty and the psychosocial impact of genetic risk.

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