I am pleased to announce Chris Stallman, MLS, MS, CGC, has been named the new director of the Genetic Counseling Graduate Program for the University of Arizona Health Sciences, replacing Dee Quinn, MS, CGC, who is retiring. Stallman is currently clinical coordinator of the program, as well as program coordinator of MotherToBaby Arizona. The Genetic Counseling Graduate Program is currently located in the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson and will be moving to the new College of Health Sciences in the fall with academic courses remaining in the College of Medicine – Tucson.
Quinn will retire from her role as program director on July 7 and will continue to share her expertise in the classroom. She joined the university in 1995 as director of the Genetic Counseling Training Program, a precursor to today’s program. Since the current graduate program began in 2019, she has expertly guided students through the rigorous two-year, 63-credit master’s program, and we are grateful for her dedication and expertise.
Stallman received her master’s degree in human genetics from the Joan H. Marks Graduate Program in Human Genetics at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. She received her Master of Legal Studies in health law and policy from the UArizona James E. Rogers College of Law.
Stallman is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling, and her clinical experience includes teratogen exposures, pharmacogenomics, pre-implantation genetic testing and prenatal genetic counseling. She has been a part of the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists since 2010 and has been involved with several organizational projects, including hosting the MotherToBaby podcast. Stallman has been instrumental in the production and maintenance of the MotherToBaby fact sheets that are now archived in the National Library of Medicine. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists and the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention.
Stallman will continue to expand upon and grow the work of Quinn, who founded the program in 2019. Please join me in congratulating Chris in her new role.
Michael D. Dake, MD
Senior Vice President for University of Arizona Health Sciences