Dr. Robin E Grubs, PhD, LCGC

Associate Professor, Human Genetics


Department of Human of Genetics, 130 DeSoto St, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
R-znvy: etehof@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-179-9140
Fax: 967-179-8575

Personal Statement

Dr. Grubs is Director of the Genetic Counseling Program. Her teaching interests are in genetic counseling and clinical genetics. She is responsible for the course work for the graduate program in Genetic Counseling and lectures in genetic courses taught in the Department of Human Genetics and in the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. She also serves as the Genetic Counseling Program coordinator for the clinical rotations sites at several hospitals located in the Pittsburgh area. Dr. Grubs is involved in the development of genetic educational programs for health care professionals and the general public.

Dr. Grubs' research interests include decision making related to genetic testing, the psychosocial aspects of living with genetic risk, and genetic counseling service delivery models.  She has published on genetic counseling education, psychosocial effects of genetic testing, and the use of qualitative methods, particularly grounded theory, in genetic counseling research.


1987 | Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY | BS, Biological Sciences, magna cum laude
1991 | University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA | MS, Genetic Counseling
2002 | University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA | PhD, Human Genetics


HUGEN 2035: Principles of Genetic Counseling
HUGEN 2036: Genetic Counseling Internship
HUGEN 2038: Intervention Skills for Genetic Counselors
HUGEN 2047: Clinical Case Conference

HUGEN 2052: Ethical Issues in Clinical and Public Health Genetics

Selected Publications

Douglas HA, Hamilton RJ, Grubs RE (2009). The effect of BRCA gene testing on family relationships: A thematic analysis of qualitative interviews. Journal of Genetic Counseling. 18(5):418-35. doi: 10.1007/s10897-009-9232-1. [PMID: 19479365]


Grubs RE and Piantanida M (2010). Grounded theory in genetic counseling research: An interpretive perspective. Journal of Genetic Counseling 19(2):99-111. doi: 10.1007/s10897-009-9270-8. [PMID: 0127159]

Klotz CM, Wang X, DeSensi RS, Grubs RE, Costello BJ, and Marazita ML
(2010). Revisiting the recurrence risk of nonsyndromic cleft lip with or
without cleft palate. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A. 152A:2697-2702. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.a.33695. [PMID: 20949506]

Long KA, Thomas SB, Grubs RE, Gettig EA, Krishnamurti L (2011). Attitudes and Beliefs of African-Americans toward Newborn Screening and Sickle Cell Disease. Journal of Genetic Counseling. 20 (6): 572-592. doi:
10.1007/s10897-011-9388-3. [PMID: 21748660]

Murthy VS, Garza, MA, Almario DA, Vogel KJ, Grubs RE, Gettig EA, Wilson, JW, Thomas SB (2011). Using a Family History Intervention to Improve Cancer Risk Perception in a Black Community. Journal of Genetic Counseling. 20 (6): 639-649. doi:10.1007/s10897-011-9389-2. [PMID: 21773879]

Parker LS, Grubs RE (2014). Ethical considerations regarding classroom use of personal genomic information. Journal of Microbiology & Biology
. 15(2):191-196. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/jmbe.v15i2.856.
[PMID: 25574277]

Ferrari R, Parker LS, Grubs RE, and Krishnamurti L (2015). Sickle cell trait screening of collegiate athletes: Ethical reasons for reform. Journal of Genetic Counseling. 24(6): 873-877. doi: 10.1007/s10897-015-9849-1. [PMID: 26040250]

Reiser C, LeRoy B, Grubs RE, Walton C (2015). Report on an investigation into an entry level clinical doctorate for the genetic counseling profession and a survey of the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors. Journal of Genetic Counseling. 24(5): 689-701. doi: 10.1007/s10897-015-9838-4. [PMID: 26004260]

Cohen SA, Huziak RC, Gustafson S, Grubs RE (2016). Analysis of
advantages, limitations, and barriers of genetic counseling service delivery
models. Journal of Genetic Counseling. doi: 10.1007/s10897-016-9932-2. [PMID: 26762366]


Riconda D, Grubs RE, Campion MW, Cragun D (2018). Genetic counselor training for the next generation: Where do we go from here? Am J Med Genet C Semin Med Genet. 178 (1): 38-45. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.c.31598 [PMID: 29512933]


















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