Kathleen B. Swenson, MS, MPH, CGC
Clinical Associate Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Medical Sciences & Education

MPH, Columbia University
MS, Sarah Lawrence College
BS, Muhlenberg College

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Kathleen (Berentsen) Swenson, MPH, MS is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medical Sciences & Education at the Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine and Director of the Boston University Master’s Program in Genetic Counseling. Kathleen began working with the Genetic Counseling Program in 2010 as a course instructor and capstone mentor. She has 23 years of experience in genetic counseling in various clinical settings across many specialties (prenatal, pediatrics, neurology and cancer). Kathleen 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. Kathleen 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 Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences
Genetic Counseling Program

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

Alliance to Increase Diversity in Genetic Counseling (AID-GC)
09/01/2021 - 08/31/2024 (Subcontract PI)
The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania Warren Alpert Fdn


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  1. Franca K, Swenson KB, Wang C. Counseling in a different language: An analysis of experiences and resources in multilingual genetic counseling. J Genet Couns. 2024 Apr 09.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38594719
  2. Leishman H, Swenson KB, Zayhowski K. The experiences and support needs of applicants who go unmatched to genetic counseling graduate programs: An exploratory qualitative study. J Genet Couns. 2024 Jan 12.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38217106; DOI: 10.1002/jgc4.1864;
  3. 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;
  4. 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
  5. 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;
  6. Berentsen K (Contributing author). Ancestry Based Carrier Screening. National Society of Genetic Counselors, Prenatal Special Interest Group. 2005.
  7. Singh S, Henshaw SK, Berentsen 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.
  8. Henshaw SK, Hass T, Berentsen K, Carbone E. Abortion Factbook. The Alan Guttmacher Institute. 2001.

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2021 Boston University School of Medicine, GMS Master's Program: Outstanding Mentorship Award
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
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72 East Concord Street, Evans 256
Boston MA 02118
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