Kathleen Swenson, MS, MPH

Assistant Professor, Medical Sciences & Education

Kathleen Swenson
72 East Concord Street, Evans 256


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.

Other Positions

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


  • Columbia University, MS/MPH

Classes Taught

  • GMS GC600
  • GMS GC601
  • GMS GC603
  • GMS GC605
  • GMS GC606
  • GMS GC711
  • GMS GC714
  • GMS MH703
  • GMS MH708
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  • Published on 6/30/2016

    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.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/1/2005

    Berentsen K (Contributing author). Ancestry Based Carrier Screening. National Society of Genetic Counselors, Prenatal Special Interest Group. 2005.

  • Published on 1/1/2003

    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.

  • Published on 1/1/2001

    Henshaw SK, Hass T, Berentsen K, Carbone E. Abortion Factbook. The Alan Guttmacher Institute. 2001.

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