Karen Greendale, M.A.

Office of Public Health Genomics
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Clinical Associate Professor
Health Policy, Management, & Behavior

University at Albany, School of Public Health
One University Place, Room 169
Rensselaer, NY 12144-3456
Phone Number: (518) 727-6875
Email Address:   kgreendale@albany.edu


MA Biological Psychology & Behavioral Genetics University of Colorado 1977


Board certified in Genetic Counseling by American Board of Medical Genetics (1982) 
American Board of Genetic Counseling (1993)

Personal Statement

I am a previous president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, and saw patients for genetic counseling relating to prenatal diagnosis/reproductive genetics during the early days of my career. I have worked in Public Health Genomics, Cancer Genetics, Ovarian Cancer and Cancer Survivorship in various public health settings for the last 25 years. In my current position with the Office of Public Health Genomics at the CDC I am in the lead on implementing three “Tier I applications” via state health departments and other means. These applications are available but significantly under-recognized and under-utilized by individuals, families and health care providers. The applications will enable us to reduce morbidity and mortality via “cascade testing” of first, second and third degree relatives of individuals identified with Hereditary Breast/Ovarian Cancer Syndrome, Lynch Syndrome (previously known as Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colorectal Cancer) and Familial Hypercholesterolemia.

Research Interests

Public Health Genomics, Quality Improvement in Genetic Service delivery, cancer genetics/genomics, ovarian cancer

Selected Publications

EA Gettig and K Greendale: Professional Identity and Development (chapter) in: WR Uhlmann, JL Schuette and BM Yahar (Eds.) A Guide to Genetic Counseling, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2009

B Lerner, C Christianson, L Engler-Todd, S Goldman, K Greendale, JM O’Daniel, MI Roche and K Silvey (2004) Genetic Library: Genetics and Public Health, Journal of Genetic Counseling, Vol 13, No.3, pp. 259 – 266.

K Greendale and RE Pyeritz: Empowering Primary Health Care Providers in Medical Genetics: How Soon? How Fast? How Far? American Journal of Medical Genetics, Seminars in Medical Genetics: The Evolving Practice of Genetic Counseling (BJ Baty and DL Baker, Guest Eds.), Vol 106, #3, Fall 2001, pp. 223 – 32.

E Langfelder Schwind, M Wolfe, K Greendale, LM Misra, KA Pass and R Wallerstein (1999) Cystic Fibrosis Carrier Screening Practices in an Ethnically Diverse Region: Experience of the Genetics Network of the Empire State, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, Genetic Testing, Vol. 3, #2, pp. 215 – 18.

BA Fine and K Greendale: Professional Development of Genetic Counselors (chapter) in: D Baker, J Schuette and W Uhlmann (Eds.) A Guide to Genetic Counseling, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1998.

K Greendale, C Knutson, SP Pauker, L Lustig and DD Weaver: Quality Assurance in the Clinical Genetics Setting – Report of a Workshop Journal of Genetic Counseling, Vol. 3, #3, pp. 169 – 98, 1994.

A Kuliev, K Greendale, V Penchaszadeh and N Paul (Eds.) Genetic Services Provision: an International Perspective Birth Defects Original Article Series, Vol 28, #3, 1992.

BA Fine, E Gettig, K Greendale, B Leopold and N Paul: Strategies in Genetic Counseling: Reproductive Genetics and New Technologies (Proceedings of the Ninth Annual National Society of Genetic Counselors Education Conference), Birth Defects Original Article Series, Vol 26, #3, 1990

JW Larsen and K Greendale. Teratology, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Technical Bulletin #84, February 1985. Also published in Teratology 32: 493-96 (1985).