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Karin Dent is a certified and licensed genetic counselor and Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah. She received a Master’s of Science degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998. Karin provides genetic counseling in the medical genetics, neurofibromatosis, and hearing assessment clinics at Primary Children’s Medical Center and in the adult NF1 clinic at the University of Utah Medical Center. Additionally, she helps coordinate and participate in several patient and family support groups. Her research interests include the etiology of congenital hearing loss, translational research in the dystrophinopathies, the delivery of difficult news by healthcare providers, and the ethical challenges surrounding informed consent and return of results in exome sequencing and whole genome sequencing research.
Karin is the immediate past president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC), the leading voice, authority, and advocate for the genetic counseling profession. As President of NSGC, Karin was responsible for leading the association and serving as the chief spokesperson. Karin has been active in the NSGC and in professional activities for genetic counselors throughout her career. She has served her profession as a member of the NSGC Ethics Advisory Group, a member of several additional NSGC committees, as an NSGC Board of Directors member, and also as a member of the American Board of Genetic Counseling Credentialing Examination Committee.
Karin is a faculty member of the University of Utah Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling (UUGPGC) where she is a course co-director and guest lecturer in several core courses. Karin serves on the UUGPGC Curriculum Committee and several student research committees. She provides clinical supervision to genetic counseling students thereby providing mentorship to many developing students.
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