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Barbara Biesecker, PhD

  • Director, JHU/NHGRI Genetic Counseling Training Program
  • Associate Professor - Adjunct

Departmental Affiliations

Contact Information

National Human Genome Research Institute
31 Center Drive, MSC 2073
Bethesda, Maryland 20892



PhD, King's College, 2011
MS, University of Michigan, 1981


Research interests include understanding the reasons for use of new genetic tests that predict risk and implications of the results; quality of life for those living with different genetic conditions; adaptation to a genetic condition; the process and outcomes of genetic counseling and informed consent for prenatal tests.

  • Health Policy and Management Genetic Counseling Graduate program in genetic counseling
  • Gollust S, Thompson R, Gooding H, Biesecker, B: Living with Achondroplasia in an Average-sized World: An Assessment of Quality of Life. Am J Med Genet (accepted).

  • Gooding HC, Boehm K, Thompson R, Hadley D, Francomano C, Biesecker B: Issues Surrounding Prenatal Diagnosis for Achondroplasia. Prenatal Diag (in press).

  • Peters KA, Kong F, Hanslo M, Biesecker, B: Living with Marfan Syndrome III: Quality of Life and Reproductive Planning. Clin Genet 62:110-120, 2002.

  • Redlinger-Grosse K, Bernhardt B, Berg K, Muenke M, Biesecker B: The Decision to Continue: The Experiences and Needs of Parents who Receive a Prenatal Diagnosis of Holoprosencephaly. Am J Med Genet, Sept., 2002.

  • Gooding H, Wilfond B, Boehm K, Biesecker B: Unintended messages; the ethics of teaching genetic dilemmas. Hastings Cntr Rpt, March-April:37-39, 2002 .