University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine
Kathleen Valverde received an MS in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College, and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences. Her professional background includes over twenty-five years of experience in program leadership at two of the largest genetic counseling programs in the United States - Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Pennsylvania (formerly at Arcadia University). She is an Assistant Professor at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2004, she has served as the Program Director, graduating over 400 genetic counselors. For her service to Arcadia University, she was named Professor of the Year in 2018. Dr. Valverde received an MS in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences. She has more than twenty years of experience in genetic counseling education. Her research has focused on, professional issues for genetic counselors, including advanced degrees and licensure, counseling issues such as self-disclosure, and educational strategies such as using Standardized Patients for genetic counseling education and coping and resiliency for patients living with genetic disease. Dr. Valverde has been active in all the national and state organizations that support genetic counselors and the profession. She served on the ABGC separation committee that resulted in the creation of the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling and then later as a founding board member of the ACGC. She co-chaired the ACGC committee to rewrite the Standards of Accreditation for Graduate Programs in Genetic Counseling. Dr. Valverde is a Primary Investigator for two five-year projects funded by generous grants from the Warren Alpert Foundation: the Alliance to Increase Diversity in Genetic Counseling (AID-GC) and the Career Ladder Education Program for Genetic Counselors (CLEP-GC), which provides continuing educational opportunities for genetic counselors.