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2001 Polaris Pkwy
Columbus, OH 43240

Phone: (614) 293-9713

Email: allain.4@osu.edu

 

Current OSU Appointment

Assistant Professor-Clinical, Human Genetics

 

Advising Narrative

Kathleen Ray, an OSU 2012 undergraduate worked as my student employee for approximately 1 and 1/2 years. She experienced a comprehensive and diverse exposure in genetic counseling research and practice while she was here. She was subsequently accepted into the University of Maryland Genetic Counseling Graduate Program. Ms. Ray will graduate from the University of Maryland on May 14, 2015. She will begin her first job as a genetic counselor at the Moffit Cancer Center in Miami, Florida.

Clinical Interest

Genetic Counseling

Clinical Medical Genetics

Noteworthy Graduate Narrative

My graduate student, Nicole Lahner, for whom I am a thesis advisor applied for and received a $3000.00 grant from the OSU Decisions Sciences Collaborative this past fall. This is a huge accomplishment not only for Nicole, but also the graduate program. Nicole is among 9 students in the Genetic Counseling Graduate Program which started in the Autumn 2014 semester. As such, the receipt of this grant shows the high caliber students we are training.



Karin Wagner, another one of graduate students, was recently awarded a $750.00 grant from the National Society of Genetic Counselors' Neurogenetics Special Interest Group. This is a national award and it brings national recognition to the OSU Genetic Counseling Graduate Program's research endeavors.



Donika Saporito also obtained a highly coveted national fellowship from the Yale Smilow Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program. Ms. Saporito had to apply for the fellowship and provide proof that her educational training here at OSU would make her a worthy candidate. She was ultimately selected out of a competitive applicant pool and will now be at Yale for an 8 week fellowship this summer.

Biographical

As a clinician educator I have spent my career promoting the genetic counseling profession through service, research and educational activities. This work has culminated in my current position as the Program Director of OSU's new Genetic Counseling Graduate Program. I consistently strive to improve my skill set and my recognition as an expert in my profession. I have participated in educational activities, such as my tenure as a Harvard Macy Scholar and my current involvement in the OSU Faculty Leadership Institute, to enhance my educational skills and leadership capabilities. I strive to promote genetic counselors as integral genetic service delivery providers as illustrated through my successful service efforts to obtain licensure and credentialing. Lastly, I have participated and been funded for my research assessing the value of genetic counselors and the use of diverse genetic service delivery models. All of these efforts have made me a successful clinician and educator.

Master/Graduate Advising

As the Program Director of the Genetic Counseling Graduate Program I am the primary academic advisor to all of the Program's graduate students. I provide all of the student's with frequent formative and summative feedback on their progress in the program, mentor them on developing a professional identity, and prepare them for job interviewing.



I am also the thesis advisor for two of our graduate students.

Academic Advising

2012 - present Theodora Jackson Case Western Reserve University. An Assessment of the Health, Social, and Daily Living Skills of Adults with Down Syndrome.
2012 - present The Ohio State University.
2014 - present Alexandra Ilacqua The Ohio State University. Alzheimer's Disease Development in Adults with Down Syndrome: A Caregiver's Perspective
2014 - present Nicole Lahner The Ohio State University. Assessment of Genetic Provider and Parent Communication Patterns in Genetic Counseling Sessions
2014 - present The Ohio State University.
2008 - 2009 Kate Zebatto Midwestern University. Graduated 2009. Utilization of Genetic Resources by Family Practice PAs: A Research Project
2009 - 2010 Amy Garrison Sarah Lawrence College. Graduated 2010. Consumer Knowledge and Attitudes: Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA) and Genetic Discrimination
 

Certifications

2013 - present Licensed Genetic Counselor: State Medical Board of Ohio
1996 - 2006 Certified Genetic Counselor: American Board of Genetic Counseling
2006 - 2016 Certified Genetic Counselor: American Board of Genetic Counseling
 

Chapters in Books

Allain, DC, Gilligan MA, Redlich P. "Genetic Counseling and Testing for Breast Cancer." In Cancer of the Breast. 5 ed. Edited by William Donegan. 249-268. St. Louis, MO, US|USA: Saunders, January 2002.

Allain DC and Ormond KE. "Ethical Issues in Genetic and Genomic Research." In Ethical Dilemmas in Genetics and Genetic Counseling Principles Through Case Scenarios. 1 ed. Edited by Berliner, Janice L. 186-208. New York, NY, US|USA: Oxford University, November 2014.

Allain, DC. "Testing Children for Adult-Onset Disorders." In Ethical Dilemmas in Genetics and Genetic Counseling: Principles Through Case Scenarios. 1 ed. Edited by Berliner, Janice L.. 96-116. New York, NY, US|USA: Oxford University Press, November 2014.

 

Clinical Services

07/01/2008 Medical Genetics and Genomics Program - Outpatient Clinic (OSUWMC Polaris Innovations Centre)
11/01/2009 Adult Down Syndrome Clinic -Outpatient clinic (OSUWMC Innovation Centre)
03/01/2006 - 06/01/2009 Mt. Carmel Cancer Risk Program - OSUWMC Contracted Services (Mt. Carmel Health Center)
10/01/2006 - 08/01/2011 Clinical Cancer Genetics Program (OSUWMC Polaris Innovation Centre)
08/01/2013 - 11/01/2013 ALS Clinic - Outpatient Clinic (OSUWMC Martha Morehouse Tower)

Conferences

Fine B, Koblenz M, Allain D. "Health professional education on genome issues." In JOURNAL OF GENETIC COUNSELING. (December 1992). 317-.

Allain D, Fine B, Schiffman J, Pergament E. "The impact of amniocentesis on paternal anxiety and attachment." In JOURNAL OF GENETIC COUNSELING. (December 1993). 299-.

Bennett,R,L; Allain,D; Baker,D; Callanan,N; Leroy,B; Walker,A,P. "Genetic counselor training programs in the United States capacities and needs: A report of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC).." In GENETICS IN MEDICINE. (July 2004). 261-261.

Rhead,W,J; White,A; Allain,D; Lindh,H; Hanson,K; Van Calcar,S; Wolff,J. "Very-Long-Chain- Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase (VLCAD), 2-Methylbutyryl-AD (2-MBAD), Short Chain-AD (SCAD), and 3-Methylerotonyl CoA Carboxylase (3-MCC) Deficiencies: Newborn screening detects clinically benign or very mild cases.." In MOLECULAR GENETICS AND METABOLISM. (March 2004). 186-186.

Trepanier A, Allain D, Cohen S. "Does the use of alternative service delivery models enhance access to service?." In JOURNAL OF GENETIC COUNSELING. (December 2011). 770-.

Stuenkel A, Campion M, Allain D, Hampel H. "Transition to the clinical doctorate: Attitudes of the genetic counseling training program directors." In JOURNAL OF GENETIC COUNSELING. (December 2011). 713-.

Tasse M, Havercamp S, Benson B, Manickam K, Allain D, Grover M. "Physical health and well-being of adults with Down syndrome." In JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY RESEARCH. (July 2012). 760-760.

Havercamp SM, Tasse MJ, Benson BA Manikam K, Allain DC, Grover M. "Health and access to healthcare for Ohioans with Down syndrome." In JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY RESEARCH. (July 2012). 760-760.

Allain DC, Friedman S, Senter L. "Attitudes and awareness about insurance discrimination." In JOURNAL OF GENETIC COUNSELING. (December 2012). 915-.

Douma KFL, Smets EMA, Allain DC. "Non-genetic health professionals’ perception of their own communication skills when ordering genetic testing for hereditary cancer." 14th International Meeting on Psychosocial Aspects of Hereditary Cancer (IMPAHC). .

 

Degrees

1989 B.S., University of New Hampshire

1993 M.S., Northwestern University

 

Editorial Activities

1999 - present Journal of Genetic Counseling
2004 Obstetrics and Gynecology
2008 - present Genetics In Medicine
2012 - present Clinical Genetics
2012 Personalized Medicine
 

Honors

2008 - present Strategic Leader Award. National Society of Genetic Counselors.
2010 Harvard Macy Scholar. Harvard Macy Institute.
 

Journal Articles

Fagerberg,W,R; Allain,D. "A quantitative study of tissue dynamics during closure in the traps of venus flytrap dionaea-muscipula ellis." AMERICAN JOURNAL OF BOTANY. Vol. 78, no. 5. (May 1991.): 647-657.

Allain DC. "Presidential address 2003: NSGC living life forward.." JOURNAL OF GENETIC COUNSELING. Vol. 13, no. 1. (February 2004.): 1-7.

Allain D, Sweet K, and Agnese D.. "Management options after prophylactic surgeries in women with BRCA mutations: a review." CANCER CONTROL: JOURNAL OF THE MOFFIT CANCER CENTER. Vol. 14, no. 4. (January 2007.): 330-337.

Allain DC. "Genetic counseling and testing for common hereditary breast cancer syndromes - A paper from the 2007 William Beaumont Hospital symposium on molecular pathology." JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTICS. Vol. 10, no. 5. (September 2008.): 383-395.

Dworkin, AM, Tseng SY, Allain DC, Iwenfofu OH, Peters SB, Toland AE.. "Merkel cell polyomavirus in cutanous squamous cell carcinoma of immunocompetent individuals.." JOURNAL OF INVESTIGTIVE DERMATOLOGY. Vol. 12, no. 129. (December 2009.): 2868-2874.

Dworkin AM, Tseng SY, Allain DC, Iwenfofu OH, Peters SB, Toland AE. "Germline variation controls the architecture of somatic alterations in tumors." PLOS GENETICS. Vol. 6, no. 9. (September 2010.): e1001136-.

Stuenkel AJ, Campion M, Allain D, Hampel H. "Transition to the clinical doctorate: Attitudes of the genetic counseling training program directors in North America." JOURNAL OF GENETIC COUNSELING. Vol. 1, no. 21. (September 2011.): 136-149.

Allain DC, Friedman S, Senter L. "Consumer awareness and attitudes about insurance discrimination post enactment of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act." FAMILIAL CANCER. Vol. 11, no. 4. (December 2012.): 637-644.

Fleming, JL, Dworkin AM, Allain DC, Fernandez S, Wei,L, Peters SB; Iwenofu OH, Ridd K, Bastian BC, Toland AE. "Allele-specific imbalance mapping identifies HDAC9 as a candidate gene for cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma." INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CANCER. Vol. 134, no. 1. (January 2014.): 244-248.

Trepanier AM, Allain DC. "Models of service delivery for cancer genetic risk assessment and counseling." JOURNAL OF GENETIC COUNSELING. Vol. 23, no. 2. (April 2014.): 239-253.

Trepanier AM, Cohen SA, Allain DC. "Thinking differently about genetic service delivery." CURRENT GENETIC MEDICINE REPORTS. Vol. 3, no. 2. (April 2015.): 1-8.

Gillespie J, Skeeles LE, Allain DC, Kent MN, Peters SB, et al.. "MicroRNA expression profiling in metastatic cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma." JOURNAL OF EURPOEAN ACADEMY OF DERMATOLOGY AND VENEREOLOGY. Vol. Epub ahead of print, (March 2015.): 1-2.

 

Reference Works

April 2010 Manickam K, Allain D.."Genomic Practice" Bethesda.
March 2011 Trepanier A, Allain D, Cohen S."Genetic Counseling" Vancouver.

Softwares

August 2013 Allain D, Hampel H."Genetic Counseling Graduate Program" Ohio State University College of Medicine

Presentations

"Professional Position Statements and Practice Guidelines the NSGC Perspective." Presented at American Society of Human Genetics, Los Angeles, CA, US|USA. (November 2003)

"National Society Genetic Counselor Report on Genetic Education and Training." Presented at Secretary's Advsiory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society (SACGHS), Washington, DC, US|USA. (June 2004)

"Genetic Teting for Jewish Genetic Diseases: What Should You Know?." Presented at Agudas Achim Synagogue Adult Seminars, . (December 2006)

"Genetic Counseling and Testing for Breast Cancer." Presented at William Beaumont Hospital Symposium on Molecular Pathology, Troy, MI, US|USA. (September 2006)

"Balancing Work and Life." Presented at National Society of Genetic Counselors Short Course, Kansas City, KS. (October 2007)

"Work Life Balance." Presented at National Society of Genetic Counselors, Kansas City, MO, US|USA. (October 2007)

"Ethical Issues in Genetic Counseling." Presented at Alpha Epsilon Delta Ethics Symposium, Columbus, OH. (April 2008)

"Incorporating genome-wide association studies (GWAS) into Genetic Risk Assessment: Current Practices, Challenges, and Future Directions." Presented at National Society of Genetic Counselors 27th Annual Education Conference, Los Angeles, CA, US|USA. (October 2008)

"Hereditary Cancer Syndromes." Presented at Logan Cancer Support Group, Logan, OH. (March 2008)

"Incorporating Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) into Genetic Risk Assessment: Current Practices, Challenges, and Future Directions." Presented at National Society of Genetic Counselors Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA. (October 2008)

"Ohio Licensure Update." Presented at Ohio State Genetic Counselors Annual Meeting, Columbus, OH. (September 2008)

"Student Transitions." Presented at National Society of Genetic Counselors Annual Education Conference, Atlanta, GA, US|USA. (November 2009)

"Lunch with a Professional." Presented at Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Seminar, Granville, OH. (May 2009)

"GINA: The Process and Implications.." Presented at National Society of Genetic Counselors 29th Annual Education Conference, Dallas, TX, US|USA. (November 2010)

"The Evolution and Drafting of the NSGC Gene Patenting Position Statement." Presented at National Society of Genetic Counselors 29th Annual Education Conference, Dallas, TX, US|USA. (November 2010)

"The Value of Genetic Counselors in Genetic Testing for Hereditary Breast-Ovarian Cancer." Presented at The National Society of Genetic Counselors 29th Annual Education Conference, San Diego, CA, US|USA. (October 2010)

"Copy Number Variant Genomics Clinic at The Ohio State University Medical Center." Presented at 4th National Conference on Genomics and Public Health, Bethesda, MD, US|USA. (October 2010)

"The Value of Genetic Counselors in Genetic Testing for Hereditary Breast-Ovarian Cancer." Presented at The National Society of Genetic Counselors 30th Annual Education Conference, San Diego, CA, US|USA. (October 2011)

"Assessing the Use of Various Service Delivery Models in Cancer Genetics." Presented at American College of Medical Genetics Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting, Vancouver, BC, CA|CAN. (March 2011)

"Does the Use of Alternative Service Delivery Models Enhance Access to Service?." Presented at National Society of Genetic Counselors 30th Annual Education Conference, San Diego, CA, US|USA. (October 2011)

"Health of Persons with Developmental Disabilities." Presented at State of Ohio 10th Annual MI/DD Conference, Columbus, OH, US|USA. (September 2012)

"Genetic Counselor Licensure and Quality Genetic Service Delivery." Presented at American College of Medical Genetics Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, US|USA. (March 2013)

"Ethical, Legal, Social and Policy Issues." Presented at American Society of Human Genetics, Boston, MA, US|USA. (October 2013)

"The OSUWMC Adult Down Syndrome Clinic: Experiences and Lessons Learned." Presented at Healthcare Advisory Committee, Columbus, OH, US|USA. (March 2015)

"Leveraging Licensure to Increase Access to Genetic Counseling Services and Increase Revenue." Presented at National Society of Genetic Counselors 34th Annual Education Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, US|USA. (October 2015)

"Genetic and Genomic Counseling Services." Presented at Biennal South African Society of Human Genetics, Pretoria, ZA|ZAF. (August 2015)

"Variability of Expresion in SETX-related motor neuron disease: A Single Family, Multigenerational Evaluation." Presented at American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, US|USA. (April 2015)

 

Professional Activities

present Roundtable Discussion on Professional Organizations Efforts in Genetics Education and Training. Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health and Society (SACGHS). Washington, DC.
2004 - 2006 Applied Research Ethics Certificate Advisory Board Member. Sarah Lawrence College. Bronxville, NY.
2004 - 2006 Public Health Genetidcs/Genomics Certificate Program Advisory Board. Sarah Lawrence College. Bronxville, NY.
2008 - 2009 Cancer Genetics In Your Practice Conference. Ohio Department of Public Health Cancer Genetics Network.
2009 Genetic Counseling Advisory Group. Myriad Genetics. Salt Lake City, UT.
 

Technical Reports

Allain D, Riconda D, Facio F, Eastabrook-Hahn, S. Human Gene Patenting. Chicago, IL, US|USA: National Society of Genetic Counselors. (June 2010).

Allain D, Morales A, Shannon K, Zonno K, Hahn S. Nondiscrimination. Chicago, IL, US|USA: National Society of Genetic Counselors. (June 2011).

Allain D, Senter J, Biesecker B, Strecker J, Harper C. Conflict of Interest Policies. Chicago, IL, US|USA: National Society of Genetic Counselors. (April 2013).

 

Unpublished Works

Jacobson TA, Allain DC, Matthews AL, Mitchell A, Cohen L. An assessment of health, social and daily living skills of adults with Down syndrome. April 2015.

Tasse MJ, Havercamp SM, Benson BA, Manickam K, Allain DC, Davis S, Napvas P.. Adults with Down syndrome and their health status and use of health services. March 2015.

Douma KFL, Smets EMA, Allain DC. Non-genetic health professionals’ perception of their own communication skills when ordering genetic testing for hereditary cancer. June 2015.

Morales A, Allain DC, Arscott P, James E, MacCarrick G, et al.. Identifying and managing woman at risk for cardiovascular genetic conditions in pregnancy.