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Patricia Hershberger, PhD, RN, FNP-BC is an Associate Professor of Nursing and an Affiliate Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Dr. Hershberger has a long-standing interest in helping genetically high-risk individuals and families manage reproductive decisions that involve emerging genetic/genomic biotechnologies such as Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD). Patricia has experienced first-hand the multiple challenges of making reproductive decisions when parents are aware of their high-genetic-risk status. She hopes her research will ease these challenges for others. In her recent publication on the topic, co-authored with graduate student, Kathyrn Drazba, MPH and Michele Kelley, ScD, MSW, MA the authors explicate the financial concerns that high-genetic-risk couples in the United States face and how couples try to overcome these concerns in relation to PGD use. The article can be accessed at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23949612. Dr. Hershberger also brings her enthusiasm for genetics/genomics nursing research and practice to her role as member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Mental Health Professional’s Scientific Review Committee. Patricia is the first nurse elected to this committee and will assume the role of chair in 2016.
This fall, Dr. Hershberger and other ISONG members including former president Kathleen Sparbel, PhD, FNP-BC and new member, Mary Dawn Koenig, PhD, RN, CNM along with Aleeca F. Bell, PhD, RN, CNM and Anne M. Fink, PhD, RN are launching a new graduate genetics/genomics research course at UIC. The course will focus on principles of clinical and molecular genetics and incorporate aspects of clinical counseling and bioethics.