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Boise State MSGC Capstone Projects

Class of 2021 (Inaugural Cohort)

Students in commencement regalia
  • Abbie Bronson

    Abbie Bronson

    Genetic Counseling Awareness Video

    Abbie created a video about what genetic counseling is and how to become a GC. This video is for college and high school students to create interest in the profession by introducing earlier awareness of the career.

    Genetic Counseling Awareness Video

    Abbie created a video about what genetic counseling is and how to become a GC. This video is for college and high school students to create interest in the profession by introducing earlier awareness of the career.

  • Sheena Byerly

    Sheena Byerly

    CDS Tool for Cancer Genetic Counseling Referrals

    Sheena created an electronic tool that can improve the ability of a primary care provider to quickly and accurately assess the appropriateness of a patient for cancer genetic counseling.

    CDS Tool for Cancer Genetic Counseling Referrals

    Sheena created an electronic tool that can improve the ability of a primary care provider to quickly and accurately assess the appropriateness of a patient for cancer genetic counseling.

  • Eric Chow

    Eric Chow

    Genetic Counselors’ Perceptions on Telehealth

    Due to COVID-19, many genetic counselors were forced to use telehealth and had to rapidly implement a telehealth system. Eric’s project was a survey to see what aspects of telehealth genetic counselors liked and didn’t like in the hopes of identifying factors that would make implementation more efficient.

    Genetic Counselors’ Perceptions on Telehealth

    Due to COVID-19, many genetic counselors were forced to use telehealth and had to rapidly implement a telehealth system. Eric’s project was a survey to see what aspects of telehealth genetic counselors liked and didn’t like in the hopes of identifying factors that would make implementation more efficient.

  • Liann Jimmons

    Liann Jimmons

    An Educational Tool to Support Recruitment of Diverse Students

    Liann scripted and animated a video which demonstrated core competencies of genetic counseling to serve as an educational resource for those interested in learning more about our profession. It featured a scenario with a counselor and patient from underrepresented and ethnically diverse backgrounds to highlight the necessity of cultural humility and the value of diversity in this field and in healthcare as a whole. Her goal is for this video to show prospective genetic counseling students from URM communities they have unique, personal expertise that is essential to the practice of genetic

    An Educational Tool to Support Recruitment of Diverse Students

    Liann scripted and animated a video which demonstrated core competencies of genetic counseling to serve as an educational resource for those interested in learning more about our profession. It featured a scenario with a counselor and patient from underrepresented and ethnically diverse backgrounds to highlight the necessity of cultural humility and the value of diversity in this field and in healthcare as a whole. Her goal is for this video to show prospective genetic counseling students from URM communities they have unique, personal expertise that is essential to the practice of genetic

  • Angie Kapely

    Angie Kapely

    Defining the Role of the Interpreter in Genetic Counseling Sessions

    Angie conducted a qualitative study for genetic counselors and language interpreters focusing on the issue of the role of the interpreter and the question of whether a more active role for the interpreter such as cultural broker and/or mitigator of misunderstanding would bring about better patient outcomes and more successful sessions.

    Defining the Role of the Interpreter in Genetic Counseling Sessions

    Angie conducted a qualitative study for genetic counselors and language interpreters focusing on the issue of the role of the interpreter and the question of whether a more active role for the interpreter such as cultural broker and/or mitigator of misunderstanding would bring about better patient outcomes and more successful sessions.

  • Molly Marra

    Molly Marra

    Web-based Decision Making Tool for Individuals Seeking Direct to Consumer Testing

    Molly’s project was to build a web-based decision making tool for individuals seeking direct to consumer testing. This website, which is about to be launched in collaboration with Watershed DNA, will help adoptees and donor-conceived people have a better understanding of the types of testing available to them and what it means.

    Web-based Decision Making Tool for Individuals Seeking Direct to Consumer Testing

    Molly’s project was to build a web-based decision making tool for individuals seeking direct to consumer testing. This website, which is about to be launched in collaboration with Watershed DNA, will help adoptees and donor-conceived people have a better understanding of the types of testing available to them and what it means.

  • Elisabeth Meyers

    Elisabeth Meyers

    Barriers and Solutions for Establishment of Genetic Counseling Assistant Positions

    Elisabeth’s capstone focused on examining the barriers that occur when establishing a GCA position and whether there is a need for a resource that could assist in that process.

    Barriers and Solutions for Establishment of Genetic Counseling Assistant Positions

    Elisabeth’s capstone focused on examining the barriers that occur when establishing a GCA position and whether there is a need for a resource that could assist in that process.

  • Camille Miller

    Camille Miller

    Culturally Tailored Educational Intervention for African American Women At-risk for HBOC

    Camille’s goal of her project was to help alleviate genetic service disparities and improve health literacy among African American women by developing an easy-to-use, culturally-tailored educational resource. This resource includes important information about genetic services, cancer screening, and how women can empower themselves to improve their health outcomes.

    Culturally Tailored Educational Intervention for African American Women At-risk for HBOC

    Camille’s goal of her project was to help alleviate genetic service disparities and improve health literacy among African American women by developing an easy-to-use, culturally-tailored educational resource. This resource includes important information about genetic services, cancer screening, and how women can empower themselves to improve their health outcomes.

  • Josie Minick

    Josie Minick

    Assessing COVID-19 Impact on Huntington’s Disease Support Groups

    Josie’s project focused on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Huntington’s Disease support groups. She conducted a survey of current support group leaders within the Huntington’s Disease Society of America and used their insights and suggestions to create a resource sheet with recommendations and tools.

    Assessing COVID-19 Impact on Huntington’s Disease Support Groups

    Josie’s project focused on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Huntington’s Disease support groups. She conducted a survey of current support group leaders within the Huntington’s Disease Society of America and used their insights and suggestions to create a resource sheet with recommendations and tools.

  • Michael Potts

    Michael Potts

    Genetic Counselors on Working in Rural Areas

    Michael’s project aimed to better understand why genetic counselors who work in rural areas take those positions. He interviewed 5 participants to get answers to that question and learned a lot!

    Genetic Counselors on Working in Rural Areas

    Michael’s project aimed to better understand why genetic counselors who work in rural areas take those positions. He interviewed 5 participants to get answers to that question and learned a lot!

  • Sarah Tipton

    Sarah Tipton

    Are the Perceptions of Genetic Counseling Students Toward Professional Roles Influenced by the Opinions and Perceptions of Genetic Counseling Educators?

    Sarah conducted a survey of currently enrolled genetic counseling students investigating their exposure to emerging roles of the genetic counselor, e.g. lab, industry, research. It sought to collect information about whether those they encounter during training might influence their own perceptions of such roles or plans to pursue them.

    Are the Perceptions of Genetic Counseling Students Toward Professional Roles Influenced by the Opinions and Perceptions of Genetic Counseling Educators?

    Sarah conducted a survey of currently enrolled genetic counseling students investigating their exposure to emerging roles of the genetic counselor, e.g. lab, industry, research. It sought to collect information about whether those they encounter during training might influence their own perceptions of such roles or plans to pursue them.

  • Sarah Williams

    Sarah Williams

    Resources for genetic counseling and the Deaf community

    Sarah created a website to centralize resources to help bridge cultural gaps and strengthen patient-provider relations, with the goal of promoting positive health outcomes for the Deaf community.

    Resources for genetic counseling and the Deaf community

    Sarah created a website to centralize resources to help bridge cultural gaps and strengthen patient-provider relations, with the goal of promoting positive health outcomes for the Deaf community.