Dr. Jehannine Austin is President of the National Society of Genetic Counselors. She is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry & Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where she holds the Canada Research Chair in Translational Psychiatric Genomics, and is Graduate Advisor to the UBC Genetic Counselling Training Program. Her research work is centered around using what we know from clinical genetics to develop interventions to improve outcomes for individuals with psychiatric disorders, and to support their families. She investigates the effects of genetic counseling for people with psychiatric disorders, and in addition to writing a book on this subject, founded the worlds first specialist psychiatric genetic counseling service, which has now helped about 500 families in British Columbia. She has received leadership awards from national and international genetic counselling organizations for her work.
Research areas of interest:
Genetic counseling, psychiatric disorders, postpartum depression, clinical genetics
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