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Tara Schmidlen, MS, LGC

I am a Clinical Investigator and Genetic Counselor at Geisinger. Since joining the Genomic Medicine Institute in February 2017, I have been working on the MyCode Community Health Initiative, the Detecting Cancers Earlier Through Elective Mutation-Based Blood Collection and Testing (DETECT) study, and as a cancer and cardiovascular disease genetic counselor.

I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Biobehavioral Health from The Pennsylvania State University in 2002, a Master of Science degree in Genetic Counseling from Arcadia University in 2006, and certification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 2007. I have 12 years of experience with telephone-based genetic counseling, research biobanking, precision medicine, pharmacogenomics, and complex disease genetics. 

Prior to joining Geisinger, I worked for the Coriell Institute for Medical Research in Camden, NJ as a research genetic counselor for the Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative and for the NIGMS Human Genetic Cell Repository. Earlier in my career, I worked as a laboratory genetic counselor providing telephone based genetic counseling for common complex diseases at Kimball Genetics in Denver, Colorado and as a genetic coordinator facilitating testing and case management for reproductive and pharmacogenetic testing at Genzyme Genetics in Westborough, Massachusetts. 

My research interests include: genetic knowledge, numeracy, lifestyle and health behavior change in response to genetic risk information, pharmacogenomics, and the development of novel genomic counseling service delivery models that leverage technology to improve patient education and streamline the genetic counseling process.
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