Barbara Biesecker

Distinguished Fellow

Barbara Biesecker


  • PhD, Health Psychology, Kings College
  • MS, Human Genetics, University of Michigan
  • BA, Genetics and Psychology, St. Olaf College
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Barbara Biesecker brings to RTI 35 years of experience in genetic counseling, clinical care, graduate education and research. Here, within the Center for Newborn Screening, Ethics, and Disability Studies in the Education and Workforce Development division, Dr. Biesecker conducts research in the Early Check newborn screening initiative. She holds a joint appointment in the Center for Communication Science in the Public Health Research division, within the Social Policy, Health, and Economics Research unit. In that capacity, she performs research on communicating uncertainties. 

Dr. Biesecker is an expert in social and behavioral outcomes of genomics, perceptions and communication of uncertainties, and related decisional factors. Her major publications address psychological, social and health outcomes of living with a genetic condition or at genetic risk, and the translation of genomics into clinical care. She is a member of five professional associations, has served as a committee or task force member in over a dozen professional organizations, and reviews for 16 peer-reviewed journals. 

Dr. Biesecker has been prolific in publishing peer-reviewed papers throughout her career and has presented on genetic counseling and her research findings at numerous national and international conferences.