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Director, Genetic Counseling Graduate Program

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



About Me


Melanie Myers, PhD, directs the Cincinnati Genetic Counseling Graduate Program. Genetic counseling is the process of helping people understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease. Students are trained to interpret family and medical histories to assess the chance of disease occurrence or recurrence, provide education about inheritance, testing, management, prevention, resources and research and counseling patients to promote informed choices and adaptation to the risk or condition.

Dr. Myers has a background in genetic counseling, public health genomics, and applied epidemiology. 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). This was the first coordinated public health response to the introduction of a complex genetic test to the general public.

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 (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 Kawaii, Hawaii, and the West Nile Virus Response Team in Long Island, NY.

Research Interests

Evaluating family health history as a health promotion and disease prevention tool; direct-to-consumer marketing of genetic testing; and outcomes research in genetic counseling

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

My Education

MS: Genetic Counseling, The University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1990-1992.

PhD: The Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, MD, 1995-2000.

Fellowship: Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2000-2002.

Certification: Genetic Counseling, 1993.

My Publications

Giving adolescents a voice: the types of genetic information adolescents choose to learn and why. Pervola, J; Myers, MF; McGowan, ML; Prows, CA. Genetics in Medicine. 2019; 21:965-971.

Enrichment sampling for a multi-site patient survey using electronic health records and census data. Mercaldo, ND; Brothers, KB; Carrell, DS; Clayton, EW; Connolly, JJ; Holm, IA; Horowitz, CR; Jarvik, GP; Kitchner, TE; Li, R; et al. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 2019; 26:219-227.

Physicians’ perspectives on receiving unsolicited genomic results. Pet, DB; Holm, IA; Williams, JL; Myers, MF; Novak, LL; Brothers, KB; Wiesner, GL; Clayton, EW. Genetics in Medicine. 2019; 21:311-318.

Adolescent and Parental Attitudes About Return of Genomic Research Results: Focus Group Findings Regarding Decisional Preferences. McGowan, ML; Prows, CA; DeJonckheere, M; Brinkman, WB; Vaughn, L; Myers, MF. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. 2018; 13:371-382.

Racial differences in family health history knowledge of type 2 diabetes: Exploring the role of interpersonal mechanisms. Lin, J; Marcum, CS; Myers, MF; Koehly, LM. Translational Behavioral Medicine. 2018; 8:540-549.

Parents’ attitudes toward consent and data sharing in biobanks: A multisite experimental survey. Antommaria, AH M; Brothers, KB; Myers, JA; Feygin, YB; Aufox, SA; Brilliant, MH; Conway, P; Fullerton, SM; Garrison, NA; Horowitz, CR; et al. AJOB Empirical Bioethics. 2018; 9:128-142.

Investigation of the Use of a Family Health History Application in Genetic Counseling. Tipsword, ML; White, PS; Spaeth, CG; Ittenbach, RF; Myers, MF. Journal of Genetic Counseling. 2018; 27:392-405.

Ethical considerations related to return of results from genomic medicine projects: The eMERGE network (phase III) experience. Fossey, R; Kochan, D; Winkler, E; Pacyna, JE; Olson, J; Thibodeau, S; Connolly, JJ; Harr, M; Behr, MA; Prows, CA; et al. Journal of Personalized Medicine. 2018; 8:2-2.

Parental Perception of Self-Empowerment in Pediatric Pharmacogenetic Testing: The Reactions of Parents to the Communication of Actual and Hypothetical CYP2D6 Test Results. Adelsperger, S; Prows, CA; Myers, MF; Perry, CL; Chandler, A; Holm, IA; Lynch, JA. Health Communication. 2017; 32:1104-1111.

Pediatric Whole Exome Sequencing: an Assessment of Parents' Perceived and Actual Understanding. Tolusso, LK; Collins, K; Zhang, X; Holle, JR; Valencia, CA; Myers, MF. Journal of Genetic Counseling. 2017; 26:792-805.