The Pitt Genetic Counseling Program partners with approximately 40 practicing genetic counselors in the city of Pittsburgh who work in a variety of settings, including hospital clinics, industry, and clinical research. These genetic counselors share their expertise with students by supervising student clinical rotations, teaching class lectures, and mentoring students in their thesis projects. The genetic counselors below have previously been featured in our clinical supervision spotlight.
Darcy Thull, MS, LCGC
Darcy Thull, a board certified and licensed genetic counselor, currently works as the senior genetic counselor in the UPMC Cancer Genetics Program. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Genetic Counseling Program in 1989, and has worked in the city of Pittsburgh at various 5 facilities throughout her career. For the past 13 years her career has focused specifically on cancer risk assessment and counseling, however she has experience in pediatrics, prenatal and general genetics and has coordinated several specialty clinics including connective tissue disorders and dwarfism. She has served as the Genetic Counseling Student Supervisor for 14 years and has an active role in the Program giving several lectures to the students as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, she is an instructor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and teaches several lectures to the first year medical students in cancer risk assessment. Ms. Thull also plays an active role in the education of the Molecular Genetics Fellows, Medical Genetics Fellows, Breast Surgery Fellows and Gynecologic Oncology Fellows through didactic lectures and mentoring during cancer genetics clinical rotations. She has an interest in telemedicine and is a collaborator in CIMBA (Consortium of Investigators of Modifiers of BRCA1/2) an international group. She has been a member of NSGC for her entire career and has served on several committees.
Emily James, MS, LCGC
Emily James received her MS in genetic counseling from the University of Pittsburgh Genetic Counseling Training Program in 2007. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and is an active member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, serving on several committees. She has worked in Pittsburgh and served as the Genetic Counseling Student Supervisor for 8 years. She has experience in pediatric genetics and research, but for the past 4 years has worked in cancer and cardiovascular genetics in the Allegheny Health Network. She has a special interest in providing genetic counseling services in rural and under-served communities. She has an active role in the Program giving several lectures to the students as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Pittsburgh, participating in Clinical Case Conference, and serving on several thesis committees. Ms. James has also been a faculty member for the Online Review Course in Medical Genetics and Genetic Counseling and is a part-time faculty member at Robert Morris University teaching Clinical Genetics for Doctor of Nursing Practice students.
Maureen May, MS, LCGC
Maureen May received her MS in genetic counseling from the University of Pittsburgh Genetic Counseling Training Program in 2011 and is Board Certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. She is an active member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and a member of the Cancer SIG. Maureen has experience in general and pediatric genetics at the Cleveland Clinic and in several hospitals in the Pittsburgh area, and has a research background in genetic contributions to neurotransmitter function. She currently practices as a genetic counselor in oncology at several sites within the Allegheny Health Network, where she enjoys her roles in providing continuing education for faculty, optimizing the department’s use of electronic health record systems, and especially in mentoring students. She coordinates the health network’s initiative to identify individuals at risk for hereditary colorectal cancer through collaborations between the pathology, gastroenterology, surgical and genetics departments. Prior to training as a genetic counselor, Maureen worked extensively in the mental health and foster care systems and continues to hold a strong interest in working with underserved, disengaged and low income communities.
Juliann Stevens McConnell, MS, LCGC
Juliann Stevens McConnell received her MS in genetic counseling from the University of Pittsburgh Genetic Counseling Training Program in 1988 and is Board Certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. She has been active for many years in local and national genetics organizations, and currently serves as the Education Co-Chair for the Pediatric/Adult SIG and a Social Media Subcommittee Chair for the Cardiovascular SIG. Juliann has also served on the ABGC Certification Examination Committee since 2012. Juliann has experience in all aspects of genetic counseling, with an emphasis on pediatrics and general genetics, and has worked in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. While in the clinic setting, she specialized in connective tissue disorders, and participated in research associated with Cutis Laxa, as well as Alzheimer’s disease. She was the Supervisor of the Genetic Counselors until she left Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in 2014 to join GeneDx as a senior laboratory genetic counselor for the Cardiovascular Team.