Genetic Counseling

School of Health and Human Sciences

Nancy CallananDirector Emeritus and Clinical Professor
Nancy Callanan, M.S., C.G.C.

Primary interests in counseling and educational needs in genetic screening programs, clinical supervision and professional development.


Nancy Callanan, Director Emeritus of the UNCG Genetic Counseling Program received her MS in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College in 1977, and was certified in genetic counseling by the American Board of Medical Genetics in 1982. She has over 20 years of clinical experience, primarily in the areas of prenatal and pediatric/general genetic counseling (University of Connecticut – 1977-1980; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – 1980-1999). In 1998, Ms. Callanan was an invited member of the planning committee for the UNCG MS Genetic Counseling Program, and was appointed Director of the program in 1999.

Ms. Callanan has been actively involved in genetics professional organizations throughout her career. She has served three terms on the Board of Directors for the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) as Regional Representative (1983-85), Secretary (1992-95), and Presidential Rotation (2005-2008). She was a member of the ad hoc committee that drafted the NSGC Code of Ethics that was completed in 1992, and received the NSGC Regional Leadership Award in 1999. In 2008 she was awarded the NSGC Natalie Weissberger Paul Lifetime Achievement Award.

She also served as an elected member of the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) from 2000-2005 and as ABGC President (2004-2005). She served as the ABGC liaison to the National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics (NCHPEG) from 2002-2005. She is also a member of the Association for Genetic Counseling Program Directors and served as President of this organization from 2007-2009.  She is currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling.

Her research interests include the educational and counseling needs of individuals undergoing carrier testing, prenatal screening, and newborn screening, clinical supervision in genetic counseling and professional development.