Kathleen Swenson, MS, MPH
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medical Sciences & Education

Kathleen Swenson, MPH, MS is an Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences & Education at the Boston University School of Medicine and Director of the Boston University Master’s Program in Genetic Counseling. Berentsen began working with the Genetic Counseling Program in 2010 as a course instructor and capstone mentor. She has 16 years of experience in genetic counseling in various clinical settings across many specialties (prenatal, pediatrics, neurology and cancer). Berentsen is an experienced educator and clinician across a broad spectrum of genetic counseling domains, ranging from prenatal genetic counseling to the development of a telephone-based counseling platform. Most recently, she worked at Counsyl, Inc. as a Clinical Product Specialist where she oversaw education for hereditary cancer genetics and mentorship of graduate students and internal employees. Prior to that, Kathleen served as a genetic counselor at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in their Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program. Berentsen earned her undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences and Psychology from Muhlenberg College, her Master’s Degree in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College, and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Columbia University.

Program Director
Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences
Genetic Counseling Program

Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences

2019 Boston University School of Medicine, GMS Master's Program: Educator of the Year
2014 Counsyl: Peer Nominated Vital Award
2007 Dominican Women's Development Center: Outstanding Service Award: Genetic Education for the Latino Population

Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

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  1. Hoffman JD, Thompson R, Swenson KB, Dasgupta S. Complexities of Clinical Genetics Consultation: An Interprofessional Clinical Skills Workshop. MedEdPORTAL. 2020 01 24; 16:10869.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32342009; PMCID: PMC7182040; DOI: 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10869;
  2. Means C, Cirino A, Swenson KB, Austin J. "I am a Genetic Counselor": A qualitative exploration of field leaders' perceptions of the title "genetic counselor". J Genet Couns. 2020 02; 29(1):97-104. PMID: 31663200
  3. Mehta N, Lazarin GA, Spiegel E, Berentsen K, Brennan K, Giordano J, Haque IS, Wapner R. Tay-Sachs Carrier Screening by Enzyme and Molecular Analyses in the New York City Minority Population. Genet Test Mol Biomarkers. 2016 Sep; 20(9):504-9. PMID: 27362553; PMCID: PMC5314723; DOI: 10.1089/gtmb.2015.0302;
  4. Berentsen K (Contributing author). Ancestry Based Carrier Screening. National Society of Genetic Counselors, Prenatal Special Interest Group. 2005.
  5. Singh S, Henshaw SK, Berensten K. chapter in volume of papers from Seminar on Socio-cultural and Political Aspects of Abortion from an Anthropological Perspective, Alaka Base (ed.). “Abortion: A Worldwide Overview”. Greenwood Press. 2003.
  6. Henshaw SK, Hass T, Berentsen K, Carbone E. Abortion Factbook. The Alan Guttmacher Institute. 2001.

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72 East Concord Street, Evans 256
Boston MA 02118
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