Director, Genetic Counseling
“Personalized medicine provides the potential to use genomic information to improve health. As a genetic counselor I am excited to be involved in a research study that prioritizes participants and their understanding of genomic information while working to understand the impact and utility of genomic information.”
Erynn S. Gordon is director of genetic counseling at Coriell Institute, with a focus on the Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative® (CPMC®), a research study that aims to evaluate the utility of using the knowledge of genetics in medicine. Erynn conducts research on the psychosocial and behavioral impact of personalized medicine, provides genetic counseling services to CPMC participants, and develops educational resources, relevant to the CPMC, for healthcare providers and the public.
An active member of the genetic counseling community, Erynn has served in numerous leadership positions, including Chair of the Ethics Subcommittee of the National Society of Genetic Counselors from 2004-2005. In 2009, Erynn was elected to the Board of Directors for the American Board of Genetic Counseling where she is chair of the Certification Examination Committee, a committee charged with creating and administering the national certification examination for genetic counselors. In addition, Erynn currently sits on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Genetic Counseling for the State of New Jersey.
Prior to joining Coriell, Erynn conducted research on the impact of non-disease genetic testing on self-concept and provided genetic counseling to patients in the Muscular Dystrophy Association clinic and the neurogenetics clinic at the Research Center for Genetic Medicine at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. From there, Erynn moved to the University of Maryland School of Medicine and contributed to research studies on Huntington’s disease and Tay Sachs disease and provided genetic counseling services to the hereditary cancer clinic, the Huntington’s disease clinic, and the adult genetics clinic.
Erynn is a board-certified genetic counselor who received her undergraduate degree in psychology and biology from Lehigh University, and her master’s degree in genetic counseling from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health.