Kathy Valverde

Professor / Chair, Genetic Counseling

776 Limekiln Pike 1 (215) 572-4058 By appointment

About Me

Ms. Valverde’s professional background includes ten years as a practicing genetic counselor in both prenatal and pediatric genetic counseling specializing in the care of individuals with Cystic Fibrosis. She has over twenty years of experience in program leadership in genetic counseling master’s programs at both Sarah Lawrence College and Arcadia University. Ms. Valverde’s expertise is in clinical training and supervision. She was the field work facilitator at Sarah Lawrence College and the clinical coordinator at Arcadia University for twenty years working at two of the largest genetic counseling programs in the United States. Her research has focused on genetic testing for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Effectively communicating risk and determining the appropriate timing for testing are both essential components for an effective counseling session. She has first-hand experience with genetic testing as a member of a BRCA family. Thus she understands how families grapple with the complex issues of being tested and communicating results among family members. Her professional and personal experiences with genetic counseling have informed her practice and advocacy for patients and their families.

West Chester

Home Country
United States

Education History

Sarah Lawrence College 1986

Master of Science, Major in Human Genetics/ Genetic Counseling

State University of New York- Binghamton University 1984

Bachelor of Science, Major in Psychology

Minor in Biology


Co-Author 2017

Association of airway abnormalities with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome.

Research Paper, International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology

Co-Authored with Sacca, R., Zur, K., Crowley, B., Zackai E.

Co-Author 2016

Professional Issues of International Genetic Counseling Students Educated in the United States

Research Paper, Journal of Genetic Counseling

Co-Authored with Akgumus, G., Shah, D., Higgs, L.

Co-Author 2016

An exploratory study of employer’s attitudes towards a clinical doctorate in genetic counseling

Research Paper, Journal of Genetic Counseling

Co-Authored with Mueller, R., Paciotti, B., and Conway, L.

Co-Author 2016

Laird Jackson: Colleague, Mentor and Friend

Article, American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part C

Co-Authored with Eunpu, D., Harasink, S., Koch, S. and Weinblatt, V.

Co-Author 2014

An Investigation of Genetic Counselors’ Testing Recommendations: Pedigree Analysis and the Use of Multiplex Breast Cancer Panel Testing

Research Paper, Journal of Genetic Counseling, 2014, 23(4): 618-632

Co-Authored with Meghan Lundy, Andrea Forman and Lisa Kessler

Co-Author 2012

The general public’s understanding and perception of direct-to-consumer genetic test results.

Research Paper, Public Health Genomics, 15(1), 11-21.

Co-Authored with Justin Leighton and Barbara Bernhardt

Co- Author 2010

Genetic Risk Perception and Reproductive Decision-Making Among People with Epilepsy.

Research Paper, Epilepsia

Co-Authored with Helbig, K., Bernhardt, B., Conway, L., Helbig, I., Sperling, M.

Co-Author 2009

Exploring genetic counselors’ perceptions of and attitudes towards schizophrenia.

Research Paper, Public Health Genomics, 2009; 13: 21-26

Co-Authored with Monaco, L.C., Conway, L. and Austin, J.C.

Author 2006

Why me, Why not me?

Article, Journal of Genetic Counseling, 2006; 15(6):461-465.