Sarah Scollon, M.S., C.G.C., named Genetic Counseling Program 2019 Diane Baker Alumni Award Winner
On behalf of the University of Michigan Genetic Counseling Program, we are excited to announce that Sarah Scollon is the 10th recipient of the Diane Baker Alumni Award. The annual Diane Baker Alumni Lecture honors the vision and commitment to the profession of genetic counseling of our founder and first Program Director, Diane Baker. Sarah will provide the Annual Diane Baker Alumni Lecture on Tuesday September 10, 2019. Sarah received her Master’s Degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of Michigan in 2006.
Sarah’s first genetic counseling position was in Hawaii where she served as a Genetic Counselor and Project Research Specialist for the Hawaii Department of Health from 2006 through 2011. Notably, she helped bring genetic services to this isolated population and improved public perception of genetic medicine through community education. Sarah also participated as an advocate in the process of obtaining state licensure for genetic counselors in HI and worked with the state to incorporate genetic testing recommendations into the State Cancer Plan.
Sarah then moved to Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital in 2011 where she is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. Sarah has distinguished herself as a leader in the area of genomics genetic counseling and has helped advanced the niche of pediatric cancer counseling. She served as a Co‐chair for the Genetic Counseling Working Group of the NIH‐funded Clinical Sequencing Exploratory Research (CSER) Consortium from 2012 through 2017 and Co-chair of the CSER Consortium Education and Return of Results Working Group in 2017 and 2018. In addition to her interest in genomic medicine research, Sarah remains a dedicated clinician and her passion lies with serving individuals and families affected by childhood cancer. More recently she has taken on research roles in pediatric precision oncology as the study genetic counselor with the Texas KidsCanSeq and NCI-COG Pediatric MATCH clinical trials. She has also been instrumental in the development of Baylor’s MS Genetic Counseling Training Program.