Melanie Myers, M.S., Ph.D., C.G.C.
Director, Genetic Counseling Graduate Program
Dr. Myers has a broad background in public health genomics with specific training in genetic counseling, public health, social and behavioral sciences, and applied epidemiology. She is board certified in genetic counseling and worked in Seattle, WA and Baltimore, MD in prenatal and cancer genetic counseling settings. Dr. Myers obtained her PhD in public health from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health in 2000. Some of her interests and responsibilities with the Genetic Counseling Program include directing the research training for the graduate students, ensuring compliance with institutional/accreditation requirements, and developing and implementing a funded research program. Dr. Myers research interests include the integration of genomic technologies into public health research and practice to improve population health. She has conducted population-, clinic-, and community-based research using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Her recent funded research activities have included patterns of communication about disease risk among families at increased risk of type 2 diabetes based on family history, reasons for uptake of exome sequencing among parents of children with rare disorders, and the use of family health history as a genomic tool to promote health and prevent disease.
Prior to joining the Cincinnati Genetic Counseling Graduate Program, Dr. Myers worked in the Office of Public Health Genomics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a Public Health Geneticist. While there she led a multi-state investigation to monitor the impact of the first direct-to-consumer marketing campaign for genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility (BRCA1/2). Dr. Myers also served in the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) in the National Center of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the CDC. As an EIS Officer, she participated on several outbreak response teams, including Stop Transmission of Polio Team 9 in Bangladesh, the New York City Anthrax Team, the World Trade Center Terrorist Attack Response Team, the Dengue Fever Outbreak Response team in Maui and Kauai, Hawaii, and the West Nile Virus Response Team in Long Island, NY.
Carrie Atzinger, M.S., C.G.C.
Assistant Director, Genetic Counseling Graduate Program
Carrie Atzinger is a board certified and licensed genetic counselor and graduate of the University of Cincinnati Genetic Counseling Program. After graduation, Carrie worked as a pediatric genetic counselor at the University of Maryland before returning to work as a pediatric genetic counselor at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Through her clinical roles, Carrie worked with patients in general genetics clinics and acted as coordinator for the CCHMC Marfan/Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Clinic and Skeletal Dysplasia Center. Throughout this time, she supervised genetic counseling students and also maintained her involvement in didactic education of genetic counseling students and other trainees.
In her current role as Assistant Director of the Genetic Counseling Program, Carrie teaches the Advanced Genetic Counseling course throughout the second year and is actively involved as a research mentor. Carrie is responsible for the distance learning program and has developed online courses in Cardiovascular Genetics and Laboratory Genetic Counseling in addition to updating previously available courses in Embryology and Teratology. Carrie acts as the genetics faculty for the CCHMC Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program, and is involved in various other administrative aspects of the program.
Carrie is actively involved with the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) and has been the chair and co-chair of the AEC abstract committee. She is currently a Director-at-Large on the NSGC Board of Directors.
Katie Wusik, M.S., C.G.C.
Clinical Coordinator, Genetic Counseling Graduate Program
Katie is board certified as a genetic counselor by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati Genetic Counseling Program and has been actively involved with the program since her graduation. Some of her responsibilities with the program include: teaching courses focused on core genetic counseling skills, implementing clinical orientation, overseeing the progress of 1st year students in their clinical rotations, acting as an academic advisor, coordinating student’s clinical rotations, and supervising student’s thesis projects. Her research focuses on the provision of supervision in the genetic counseling field.
In addition to her responsibilities with the program, Katie is also a practicing genetic counselor and the Clinical Coordinator of the Genetics Residency Program. She is involved with pediatric and adult genetics clinics, as well as the Genomic Evaluation Clinic, at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
Kathleen Collins, M.S., C.G.C.
Clinical Instructor for Second Year Students, Genetic Counseling Graduate Program
Kathleen Collins is board certified as a genetic counselor by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with her Master’s degree in Human Genetics. Kathleen practices pediatric and adult genetic counseling at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. She is involved in the Huntington Disease clinic and Genomic Evaluation Clinic. Kathleen is also the clinical instructor for second years for the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Genetic Counseling Program. Her responsibilities with the program include teaching, academic advising, clinical supervision, overseeing the progress of second year students in their clinical rotations and research mentoring.