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Dawn C. Allain, MS, LGC

Program Director:  Dawn C. Allain, MS, LGC

Associate Professor, Division of Human Genetics, Department of Internal Medicine






Ms. Allain received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of New Hampshire in 1989 and a Master of Science degree in Genetic Counseling from Northwestern University in 1993.  She was certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 1996 and achieved re-certification in 2006.  Upon graduation, Ms. Allain spent a year working in prenatal and pediatric genetics at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York, New York and approximately five years providing prenatal, pediatric, and adult genetic counseling services at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. She was subsequently employed as a pediatric and cancer genetic counselor at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and then as a cancer counselor at ProHealthCare in Waukesha, Wisconsin. In 2006, Ms. Allain moved to Columbus, Ohio.  She is currently an Assistant Professor in Clinical Internal Medicine at The Ohio State University, where she provides genetic counseling services to adults in the Medical Genetic Programs for the Division of Human Genetics.  In all of her positions, she has been a clinical supervisor for genetic counseling graduate students, medical students, and residents.  She has also been a thesis advisor to genetic counseling graduate students.

Ms. Allain is a Past-President (2003-2004) and previous board member (2000-2006) of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC).  She was a founding board member and past Vice-Chair of the now dormant Genetic Counseling Foundation.  She has been a member of NSGC since 1991, and has been active in the development of the Society’s educational programs serving as co-chair of the Annual Education Conference in 2002 and as chair of the Annual Education Conference Subcommittee (2000-2002).  She was a founding member and past co-chair (2009-2010) of the NSGC’s Personalized Medicine Special Interest Group (SIG), as well as a founding member of the Metabolic SIG and Education SIG.  She has served on the NSGC Billing and Reimbursement Task, Technical Expert Research Panel, the gene patenting and nondiscrimination position statement work-groups, and the  NSGC Ethics Advisory Group. She is currently Vice Chair of the NSGC Licensure Subcommittee and a member of the Jane Engelberg Memorial Fellowship Advisory Group. She was awarded the NSGC’s Strategic Leadership Award in 2008 and is a recipient of NSGC’s 2011 Jane Engelberg Memorial Fellowship.