Karen Greendale, M.A.

Previous clients include: McKing Consulting Corporation for the Office of Public Health Genomics, CDC; Familial Hypercholesterolemia Foundation, Connecticut Department of Public Health Genomics Office, To Life!

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: karengreendale@gmail.com


MA Biological Psychology & Behavioral Genetics University of Colorado 1977


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

Personal Statement

I am a previous president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, and saw patients for prenatal diagnosis/reproductive genetic counseling 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. Since retiring from the NYSDOH, I have provided consultative services to various agencies and organizations. For the Office of Public Health Genomics at the CDC I worked 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 can 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 and Familial Hypercholesterolemia. I worked with the Familial Hypercholesterolemia Foundation on a “Call to Action”, a report to the National Organization for Rare Diseases, and on the Proceedings of the First Annual Familial Hypercholesterolemia Foundation Summit, as well as other projects. I have functioned as a grant-writer with To Life!, on grants on educating Ashkenazi Jews about Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome and on physical activity in breast cancer survivors. I am working on an ongoing basis with the Connecticut Department of Public Health Genomics Office on a CDC-funded project educating primary care providers about Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer risk assessment, management and cascade screening. 

Research Interests

Public Health Genomics, Quality Improvement in Genetic Service delivery, Cancer Genetics/Genomics, Ovarian Cancer, Cancer Survivorship

Selected Publications

Modell, S.M.; Greendale, K.; Citrin, T.; Kardia, S.L.R. Expert and Advocacy Group Consensus Findings on the Horizon of Public Health Genetic Testing. Healthcare 2016, 4, 14. http://www.mdpi.com/2227-9032/4/1/14

Knowles JW, Greendale K and Pariani M (Updated [Last Update 7/4/14]). Familial Hypercholesterolemia. In: Rare Disease Database. Copyright 2014, National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). Available at http://www.rarediseases.org

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).