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.
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
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics