Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Certified Genetic Counselor
Director, Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling

Division of Medical Genetics
Department of Pediatrics
University of Utah Health Sciences Center
26 S 2000 E, EHSEB 5725H
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
contact address


Karin Dent, Director of the University of Utah Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling, is a certified and licensed genetic counselor and Associate Professor of Pediatrics. Karin directs or co-directs the Genetic Counseling Seminar courses, the Clinical Rotations, and the Research course. She received a Master’s of Science degree in Genetic Counseling and Human Genetics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998. She provides genetic counseling in the Genetic Counseling Clinic at Primary Children’s Hospital. She also supervises genetic counseling students during their Pediatrics and several elective rotations. Her research interests include the etiology of congenital hearing loss, delivery of difficult news by healthcare providers, and ethical challenges surrounding informed consent and return of results in exome sequencing and whole genome sequencing research. She co-chairs the UUGPGC Curriculum, Clinical Supervision and Admission Committees; chairs the Executive and Advisory Committees; and has been a member or chair of several student research committees.

Professor Dent is a past president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC), was a member of the NSGC Ethics Advisory Group and other NSGC committees, the American Board of Genetic Counseling Credentialing Examination Committee, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors. She is a past member of the State of Utah Medical Education Council on the Genetic Counselor Workforce, the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing Genetic Counselors Licensing Board and contributes to the clinical and didactic genetics education of University medical and graduate students.

No conflicts of interest (08/12/2022)

Selected Bibliography:

Andoni L, Hobson WL, Carey JC, Dent KM.
Training Methods for Delivering Difficult News in Genetic Counseling and Genetics Residency Training Programs.
J Genet Couns. 2018. PubMed abstract

Bamshad MJ, Magoulas PL, Dent KM.
Genetic counselors on the frontline of precision health.
Am J Med Genet C Semin Med Genet. 2018;178(1):5-9. PubMed abstract / Full Text

Tabor HK, Jamal SM, Yu JH, Crouch JM, Shankar AG, Dent KM, Anderson N, Miller DA, Futral BT, Bamshad MJ.
My46: a Web-based tool for self-guided management of genomic test results in research and clinical settings.
Genet Med. 2017;19(4):467-475. PubMed abstract / Full Text

Tvrdik T, Mason D, Dent KM, Thornton L, Hornton SN, Viskochil DH, Stevenson DA.
Stress and coping in parents of children with Prader-Willi syndrome: Assessment of the impact of a structured plan of care.
Am J Med Genet A. 2015;167A(5):974-82. PubMed abstract

Dent KM, Carey JC.
Breaking difficult news in a newborn setting: Down syndrome as a paradigm.
Am J Med Genet C Semin Med Genet. 2006;142C(3):173-9. PubMed abstract