Nancy Callanan, Director of the UNCG Genetic Counseling Program received her MS in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College in 1977, and was certified in genetic counseling by the American Board of Medical Genetics in 1982. She has over 20 years of clinical experience, primarily in the areas of prenatal and pediatric/general genetic counseling (University of Connecticut - 1977-1980; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - 1980-1999). In 1998, Ms. Callanan was an invited member of the planning committee for the UNCG MS Genetic Counseling Program, and was appointed Director of the program in 1999.
Ms. Callanan has been actively involved in genetics professional organizations throughout her career. She has served three terms on the Board of Directors for the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) as Regional Representative (1983-85), Secretary (1992-95), and Presidential Rotation (2005-2008). She was a member of the ad hoc committee that drafted the NSGC Code of Ethics that was completed in 1992, and received the NSGC Regional Leadership Award in 1999. In 2008 she was awarded the NSGC Natalie Weissberger Paul Lifetime Achievement Award.
She also served as an elected member of the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) from 2000-2005 and as ABGC President (2004-2005). She served as the ABGC liaison to the National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics (NCHPEG) from 2002-2005. She is also a member of the Association for Genetic Counseling Program Directors and served as President of this organization from 2007-2009.
At UNCG, Ms. Callanan was an appointed member of the Graduate Studies Committee (2001–2003; 2009-2010) and served as GSC Chair for the 2002-2003 academic year. She was also appointed to a three year term on the UNCG Institutional Review Board (2008-2010).
Her research interests include the educational and counseling needs of individuals undergoing carrier testing, prenatal screening, and newborn screening and clinical supervision in genetic counseling.