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Robin Bennett

Robin Bennett

Professor, Program Director, University of Washington
Professor Bennett (she/her/hers) is a nationally recognized leader in genetic counseling and is the Director of the University of Washington (UW) Genetic Counseling Graduate Program (GCGP). She has provided genetic counseling services for over 35 years in the UW Genetic Medicine Clinic. She has made significant contributions to the body of knowledge of genetic counseling and is most known for her work in pedigree nomenclature, consanguinity, presymptomatic testing for adult onset disorders, and revisions to the National Society of Genetic Counselors Code of Ethics. Robin is the Genetic Counseling Section Editor for Genetic in Medicine and serves on the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-Racism) Committee. She also serves on the DARE (Diversity, Anti-Racism, Equity) Committee of the UW GCGP. She's served as president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, on the board of directors of the American Board of Genetic Counseling and the American Society of Human Genetics, and as a founding board member and past president of the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling. Professor Bennett is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Natalie Weissberger Paul National Achievement Award, the Art of Listening Award, the UW Distinguished Staff Award, UW Department of Medicine Distinguished Faculty Award, and the Pathfinder Alumni Award from the Mercer Island School District. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Kenyon College, which later awarded her an honorary scientific doctorate. Robin is a graduate of the Human Genetics Program at Sarah Lawrence College.