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Past Event

Allison Werner-Lin – How Parents Understand and Act on Uncertain Prenatal Genetic Test Results

September 18, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Rm. 10-405A&B, Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research 10th Floor, Presbyterian Hospital (PH) Building, 622 W. 168th Street, New York

Speaker: Allison Werner-Lin, PhD, LCSW

Prenatal genome-wide testing, such as chromosomal microarray analysis (CMA), increases the possibility of identifying uncertain results associated with variable or unpredictable phenotypes, including the possibility of neurocognitive impairment. How do prospective parents prepare for the birth of a child after learning these results? How do they approach parenting? What supports do they need to cope with distress?  Dr. Werner-Lin will address the ways parents understand and interpret these test results to make decisions about how best to parent their infant and the potential long range impact of discovering these variants on the child’s psychosocial growth.

For further information or to convey suggestions about future speakers, contact Paul S. Appelbaum, MD, Director, Center for Research on Ethical/Legal/Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic & Behavioral Genetics, Department of Psychiatry, at 646-774-8630 or psa21@columbia.edu.

Allison Werner-Lin, PhD, LCSW is Assistant Professor at the School of Social Policy and Practice. Her research addresses the intersection of genomic discovery and family life. Dr. Werner-Lin’s research seeks to broaden social work’s guiding ‘person-in-environment’ framework to include genetic variation as a core feature of assessment, one in constant interaction with developmental, sociocultural, and environmental contexts.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Research on Ethical/Legal/Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic & Behavioral Genetics, and the Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center. This seminar is part of the Seminar on Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Genetics series.