Faculty and Staff

The primary faculty for the Genetic Counseling Program consists of genetic professionals within Boston University Medical Center:

MaryAnn W.  Campion, EdD, M.S., C.G.C.MAC photo

Program Director, Genetic Counseling Program
Assistant Dean, Graduate Medical Sciences
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Licensed Genetic Counselor

MaryAnn received a B.S. in Psychology from Furman University, an M.S. in Genetic Counseling from the University of South Carolina, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Boston University. She is the founding director of the Master of Science Program in Genetic Counseling at Boston University, which began in 2004. She also serves as Assistant Dean in the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences within Boston University School of Medicine, where she oversees program assessment and academic policy. Her clinical career has focused on prenatal genetic counseling, serving in that capacity for three years with the Greenwood Genetic Center and 12 years at Boston Medical Center. She is an advisor to GoodStart Genetics and a consultant for the Framingham Heart Study. She has also served on several committees for the National Society of Genetic Counselors, the American Board of Genetic Counseling, the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling, and the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors.

Maureen Flynn, M.S., C.G.C., M.P.H.Maureen Flynn

Associate Director, Genetic Counseling Program
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Hematology & Oncology
Licensed Genetic Counselor

Originally from Chicago, Maureen received a B.S. in Cell & Structural Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She received a M.S. in Medical Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.P.H. with a concentration in Health Law from the Boston University School of Public Health in 2007.  She began working at the Boston University School of Medicine in 2002.  Maureen’s primary clinical and research interests include cancer genetic counseling, hereditary cancer syndromes, health and socioeconomic disparities, genetic counseling education, and direct-to-consumer testing.  She has been a member of the BU School of Public Health Alumni Board and Boston Medical Center’s Cancer Care Committee.  She has served on multiple subcommittees and working groups of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors.  She is currently a member of the NSGC Public Policy Committee, creating Position Statements and advocating for NSGC


Jodi Hoffman, MD Hoffman_Jodi_2-5x3-5

Medical Director, Genetic Counseling Program
Chief, Division of Genetics

Prior to joining the Department of Pediatrics at BMC, Dr. Hoffman was Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medical, where she served as Program Director for the Medical Genetics residency. She also practiced medical genetics at Tufts Medical Center and was Director of the Victor Outreach and Screening Program for Ashkenazi Jewish Genetic Diseases in Boston. She received her medical degree at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. Dr. Hoffman then completed a Pediatric residency at Yale Children’s Hospital in New Haven. Dr. Hoffman’s Medical Genetics training was completed at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she developed special interests in Jewish genetic diseases, hereditary cancer syndromes, connective tissue disorders, and the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. Dr. Hoffman practices as a general medical geneticist and provides counseling and diagnosis regarding prenatal care, neonates, children, and adults with genetic conditions.  Dr. Hoffman speaks throughout the Jewish community on the topic of genetic diseases seen more commonly in people of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. She has spoken at over 100 venues on this topic and has facilitated screening drives for 14 college campuses and communities to date.

Lauren Lichten, M.S., C.G.C.LLichten

Instructor of Pediatrics
Licensed Genetic Counselor

Lauren received a B.A. in molecular biology from Colgate University in 2003 and an M.S in genetic counseling from Brandeis University 2005.   Lauren is the course coordinator for two first year genetic counseling courses and also teaches a Human Genetics course for the Biomedical Laboratory & Clinical Sciences Program offered through the Metropolitan College at BU.  Clinically, Lauren has experience in Maternal Fetal Medicine, Adult Neurology, and Pediatrics.  At BUMC, Lauren provides genetic counseling in Pediatrics.  She also provides genetic counseling for individuals involved in the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative Study (PPMI), which is a worldwide study that aims to develop better treatments for Parkinson’s disease through identification of biomarkers of the disease.  At BUMC, Lauren also worked in Huntington’s disease clinic and continues to be involved with this population though the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA).  Lauren  has been a member of the Boston-Area Genetic Counseling Supervision Group since 2007 and also serves on the Massachusetts Board of Genetic Counselors though the Department of Public Health.


Laurel Calderwood, M.S., C.G.CLJC photo

Instructor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Licensed Genetic Counselor

Laurel received a B.S. in BioMedical Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and in 2012, an M.S. in Genetic Counseling from the Boston University School of Medicine. Prior to joining the BUGC team in 2014, Laurel worked in the Department of Neurology at Boston Children’s Hospital, providing care for children with mitochondrial and neurometabolic disorders. Laurel  had the opportunity to be a study coordinator for a phase II clinical drug trial for select urea cycle disorders, and a clinical coordinator for the CDKL5 Center of Excellence. From her experience working with this wonderful group of children, Laurel developed a passion for rare genetic diseases and pediatric palliative care. At Boston Medical Center, Laurel is a clinical counselor in the Antenatal Testing Unit, providing counseling to patients in a prenatal setting.

Tessa Field, M.S., C.G.C.TField

Licensed Genetic Counselor

Tessa received a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Vermont in 2003 and an M.S. in Genetic Counseling from Boston University School of Medicine in 2014. Prior to pursuing genetic counseling Tessa worked in the corporate world as a manager of customer service and human resources. In 2010 she joined Edimer Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company developing a novel drug (EDI200) which is currently in Phase 2 clinical trials for x-linked hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia¬. As the Manager of Clinical Outreach at Edimer Tessa combines corporate communications experience and a genetics background to build relationships with, and educate the XLHED community–including patients, families, advocacy organizations, and healthcare providers. In addition she currently consults for Third Rock Ventures in patient advocacy for start-up companies focused on drug development for rare genetic diseases.


Phil Connors, M.S., C.G.C.

PConnorsLicensed Genetic Counselor

Phil received a B.S. in Biochemistry from Northeastern University in 2012 and an M.S. in Genetic Counseling from Boston University School of Medicine in 2014. Prior to joining the BUGC team in 2015, Phil worked in the Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In this role, he counseled patients for a variety of oncologic diagnoses and gained expertise in next-generation sequencing technology and the implications of gene panel testing. Phil’s clinical interests include genomic sequencing and personalized medicine, public health and public policy, and ethical considerations in genetics and genetic counseling. At Boston Medical Center, Phil is a clinical genetic counselor in the Antenatal Testing Unit and the Cancer Care Center, providing both prenatal and cancer genetic counseling services to patients and their families


Victoria Costello, M.S., C.G.C.

Licensed Genetic Counselor

Victoria received a B.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Connecticut and an M.S. in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College. Prior to working at Boston Medical Center, Victoria worked as a clinical genetic counselor at Rhode Island Hospital providing genetic counseling to pediatric and adult patients for a variety of indications including cancer genetics, general genetics and cardiovascular genetics. She subsequently moved to Boston, MA, where she now works as a clinical genetic counselor at Boston Medical Center in oncology genetics. Victoria is a member of Boston Medical Center’s Cancer Care Committee and participates in workgroups for the National Society of Genetic Counselors. She is also a consultant for Recombine, Inc., where she provides tele-genetic counseling services to clients for pan-ethnic carrier screening. Victoria’s clinical interests include cancer genetics, increasing access to genetics services, ethics and education.

Beverly Hay, M.D.

hayMedical Geneticist

Dr. Hay graduated from UC Santa Barbara with the intent to become a genetic counselor, but was waylaid by science. After 6 years of molecular genetics in a lab, she went to medical school at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She completed her Pediatrics Residency in Rochester, NY, prior to doing a fellowship in Genetics at the NIH, where she studied immunogenetics (still her favorite subject) and gene therapy. Despite her years and interest in research, she came to find clinical genetics more compelling and moved to UMass in 2003. Currently she is most involved in clinical genetics (for children and adults), teaching students and residents, and maintaining a healthy interest in many different subjects.

Kira A. Dies, ScM, C.G.C.Dies_Kira

Licensed Genetic Counselor

Kira Dies received a B.A. in Biology and Spanish from Bucknell University in 1998 and a Master of Science degree (Sc.M.) in Genetic Counseling in 2003 from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is board certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and a licensed genetic counselor in Massachusetts. Her experience includes establishing a new clinic, the Comprehensive Brain Malformation Program, at Children’s Hospital Boston and coordinating research on the genetics of brain malformations and cognitive disorders. She then served as the Director of the Family Research Network for the non-profit Autism Consortium and coordinated multi-site research and family programs. Kira is currently the Program Manager for the Tuberous Sclerosis Program at Children’s Hospital Boston. She coordinates clinical trials for Tuberous Sclerosis and provides genetic counseling for patients in the Neurology department.  For the past six years, she has also been a coordinator of the Research Seminar Series for the BUSM Genetic Counseling graduate program and aids in the development of student thesis projects.

Shannon K. Barrett, M.S., C.G.C.

Medical Science LiaisonHEADSHOT_NSM

Shannon received a B.S. in Biology at the University of Iowa and an M.S. in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York in 1995.  Shannon was the Senior Genetic Counselor and Division Coordinator in the Department of Pediatrics at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York and holds an academic appointment of Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics at State University of New York Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn. In 2005, Shannon joined Genzyme as a Patient Care Liaison.  In 2007, she relocated to the Boston area and now works as a Medical Science Liaison in the Personalized Genetic Health division at Genzyme-A SANOFI Company.  Her primary responsibility is the academic development of Health Care Providers in Southern New England in the management of Lysosomal Storage Diseases.  She also serves as the Encounter Group facilitator for the 2nd-year genetic counseling students at BU.

Allison L. Cirino, M.S., C.G.C

Licensed Genetic Counselor

Allison received her B.S in Biology with a minor in Psychology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She received an MS in Genetic Counseling from the Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling at Northwestern University. Since 2004, Allison has served as the clinical genetic counselor and research coordinator for the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Cardiovascular Genetics Center. Additional responsibilities include her role as a co-coordinator of the BUSM Genetic Counseling graduate program Research Seminar Series and a member of Partners IRB.

Meghan Towne, M.S., L.G.C.Meghan Towne

Licensed Genetic Counselor

In her role as Research Coordinator for The Manton Center for Orphan Disease Research at Boston Children’s Hospital, Meghan has helped shape the Center into a world-wide model for rare disease research. As a genetic counselor, Meghan works closely with families to ensure they have access to the information and resources they need. She played a critical role in developing the infrastructure for the Gene Discovery Core and helps each family through the consenting and enrolling processes. She has presented at international conferences and other meetings. Before coming to Boston Children’s in 2009, she earned a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from Boston University. Meghan’s work at The Manton Center combines her passion for patient advocacy and her desire to help the underserved and understudied population of patients and families affected by orphan diseases.  She also serves as a coordinator of the Research Seminar Series for the BUSM Genetic Counseling graduate program and aids in the development of student thesis projects.  Meaghan currently serves as the coordinator of BU’s Research Seminar Series / Capstone Experience.

Emily Dalton, M.S., C.G.CE Dalton

Licensed Genetic Counselor

Emily earned a B.A. in Cell and Molecular Biology from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. She then attended the Boston University School of Medicine Genetic Counseling program, where she earned her Master’s in Genetic Counseling.  Soon after graduating, Emily started her position as a cancer genetic counselor at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA, where she has both clinical and research responsibilities. She has also taken an active interest in teaching at BU through guest lectures, supervising genetic counseling students, and coordinating the Social, Cultural, and Ethical Issues in Genetics course.

Katherine Schneider, M.P.H., C.G.C.Kathy Schneider

Licensed Genetic Counselor

Kathy is a Senior Genetic Counselor at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and she has over 20 years genetic counseling experience.  Her primary responsibilities are to provide genetic counseling services to individuals and families at risk for inherited forms of cancer.  Ms. Schneider has served as President of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and Co-Director of the New England Regional Genetics Group.  She has also served on two National Task Forces regarding genetic testing.  She recently completed the third edition of her textbook: Counseling about Cancer: Strategies for Genetic Counseling (Wiley & Sons pub.)

Kathleen B. Swenson, M.S., M.P.H., C.G.C.Kathleen B. Swenson

Licensed Genetic Counselor

Kathleen graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2000 with a M.S. in Human Genetics.  Kathleen has worked in prenatal genetics, pediatric genetic specialty clinics, and cancer genetics settings. In 2007, Kathleen completed her M.P.H. degree at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, where she focused on genetics education within the Latino community in conjunction with the March of Dimes. Prior to her current position at Counsyl, Kathleen coordinated the Comprehensive Neurofibromatosis Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical Center and served as the Clinical Program Coordinator at the Children’s Tumor Foundation. She was also a former faculty member in the Human Genetics Program at Sarah Lawrence College prior to her relocation to Boston.

Steve Brady, Ph.D.

Director, Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine Program

Dr. Brady has been a faculty member at the Boston University School of Medicine for over 20 years. He serves as Director of the Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine Program and is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry. He is also a past Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Council on Psychology and AIDS, current Chair of the American Mental Health Counseling Association’s Professional Development Committee, and current Secretary‐Treasurer of the Faculty Council at Boston University. He is an active clinician, and his research interest focuses on HIV and serious mental disorders. He is currently the Principal Investigator for an NIH R01 study for 2010‐2015 examining Motivational Approaches for HIV prevention for mentally ill and homeless adults.