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So, What Can You Do with a BBH Degree?. By, Sandy McDonough, MS, CGC BBH Graduate ’98 . Goals of Presentation. Undergraduate Experiences Planning for the Future Post-College The “In-Between” Stage Graduate School Focused Studies The Real World Finding the Right Job.

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so what can you do with a bbh degree

So, What Can You Do with a BBH Degree?


Sandy McDonough, MS, CGC

BBH Graduate ’98

goals of presentation
Goals of Presentation
  • Undergraduate Experiences
    • Planning for the Future
  • Post-College
    • The “In-Between” Stage
  • Graduate School
    • Focused Studies
  • The Real World
    • Finding the Right Job
undergraduate professional volunteer work
Undergraduate Professional/Volunteer Work
  • Externship
    • Community Hospital, Planning Department
  • Internship
    • Johnson & Johnson Health/Wellness
  • BBH Department
    • Research Assistant, Behavioral Pharmacology Lab
  • Volunteer
    • Community Hospital, Public Relations & Marketing
sample resume education
Sample Resume:Education

EDUCATION: BS in Biobehavioral Health with Minors in Spanish and Psychology

The Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA May ‘98

Current GPA: 3.75 of 4.0, Dean’s List each semester

Relevant Courses

Research and Applications in Biobehavioral Health Physiology

Planning and Development of Health Education Programs Genetics

Spanish for Social Services Epidemiology

sample resume professional experience
Sample Resume: Professional Experience

Health & Wellness Intern May ’97 – August ’97

Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters  New Brunswick, NJ

  • Developed skills in fitness center supervision.
  • Conducted fitness assessments, facility tours, and exercise programs.
  • Designed and led safe, effective group exercise classes for a variety of fitness levels.
  • Planned, promoted, implemented, and evaluated a health promotion program.
  • Coordinated a Health Fair for over 1,800 employees.

Research Assistant March ’96 – May ’97

Behavioral Pharmacology Lab  The Pennsylvania State University  University Park, PA

  • Recorded and analyzed Centers for Disease Control data on cigarette smoking.
  • Compiled and logged data for research projects.
  • Worked collaboratively with research team in analyzing data sets.

Extern January ’97

Planning Department  Saint Barnabas Health Care System  Toms River, NJ

  • Shadowed Director of Planning during administrative meetings, task force, and community outreach programs.
  • Oversaw the daily operations of a health care system.

Volunteer June ’96 – August ’96

Public Relations and Marketing  Community/Kimball Health Care System Toms River, NJ

  • Wrote press releases collaboratively with Public Relations Specialist.
  • Researched hospital marketing and promotion strategies
  • Assisted in updating physician directory and arranging promotional mailings.
first job fox chase cancer center
First Job: Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Research Study Assistant, Department of Psychosocial & Behavioral Medicine
    • Interviewed colorectal and prostate cancer survivors about long-term medical and psychosocial issues
    • Facilitated discussion sessions for couples coping with breast cancer
applying to graduate school
Applying to Graduate School
  • GRE Preparation
  • Gained Counseling Experience
    • Bereavement Volunteer
  • Course Prerequisites
  • Shadowed Genetic Counselor
  • Letters of Recommendations
what is a genetic counselor
What Is A Genetic Counselor?
  • Work with individuals or families at risk for or diagnosed with a genetic condition
  • Provide information and supportive counseling
  • Coordinate testing
  • Connect families with community resources
  • Involved in teaching, research, screening programs, coordination of support groups
where do genetic counselors work
Where Do Genetic Counselors Work?
  • Work with MD or PhD Geneticists
  • Part of a team of specialists
  • Work in large medical centers or hospitals, usually in departments of pediatrics and obstetrics
  • Some work in research, public health or in private commercial laboratories
  • Private Practice
what kind of education and training are required
What Kind of Education and Training are Required?
  • Undergraduate degrees in biology, genetics, nursing, psychology, public health, social work, or a related biological science
  • *Broad based educational backgrounds
  • Interest in and knowledge of basic genetics and some counseling experiences
  • Skills in communications, listening and counseling
  • Must complete a master’s degree from a training program
    • Courses focusing on genetics, psychosocial theory, and counseling techniques
graduate school mount sinai school of medicine
Graduate School: Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Masters of Science in Genetic Counseling
    • Coursework: Embryology, Biochemistry, Medical/Clinical/Human Genetics, Biostatistics, Bioethics, Psychology
    • Thesis: Perceived Risk and Communication of Genetic Information in Families with Colorectal Cancer
  • Research Assistant, Colon Disease Family Registry
    • Conducted interviews about personal, family, medical, and psychosocial histories
    • Constructed family pedigrees and made referrals for genetic counseling services for hereditary colon cancer syndromes
genetic counseling st barnabas medical center
Genetic Counseling:St. Barnabas Medical Center
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine
    • Provided prenatal counseling in high volume setting
    • Took detailed family and medical histories
    • Offered and coordinated genetic testing
    • Explained test result
    • Provided ongoing psychosocial support and resources to patients
    • Provided documentation and medical management recommendations to patients and referring obstetricians
from clinical to corporate myriad genetic laboratories inc
From Clinical to Corporate:Myriad Genetic Laboratories, Inc
  • Meet with New York City physicians and genetic counselors to provide education, implement new genetic testing programs, and increase utilization of cancer genetic testing
  • Raise awareness of availability and clinical utility of genetic testing for physicians and patients through hospital-based outreach events
inherited cancers overview
Inherited Cancers Overview
  • Up to 10% of all cancers are inherited
  • Clinical tests
    • Hereditary Breast & Ovarian Cancer: BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes
    • Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colorectal Cancer: MLH1 and MSH2 genes
    • Familial Adenomatous Polyposis: APC gene
    • Hereditary Melanoma: p16 gene
  • Benefits of Genetic Testing
    • Personalized Risk Assessment/Clarify Risk for the Family
    • Medical Management Decisions/Cancer Prevention
    • Reduce Stress and Anxiety
you have to start somewhere
You Have to Start Somewhere
  • Have Realistic Expectations
  • Have a Resume & Cover Letter Ready
  • Get Experience
keys to success
Keys to Success
  • Networking
  • Put in the Time/Research
  • Be Proactive
  • Take Advantage of Resources
  • Be Open Minded
  • Take Small, Manageable Steps
  • Find a Balance
genetics resources
Genetics Resources
  • National Society of Genetic Counselors
  • Myriad Genetic Laboratories, Inc.
  • March of Dimes
  • Genetics Education Center
job resources
Job Resources
  • Penn State Career Services
bbh apg affiliate program group
BBH APG (Affiliate Program Group)
  • Connect with Alumni
    • Website:
    • Email:
  • Get Involved, Make Suggestions
  • Build Your Alumni Society!