Dr. Zierhut researches the psychosocial and public health implications involved with the provision of genetic counseling services. Heather’s current research is focused on familial hypercholesterolemia screening programs, implementations of genetic testing into primary care (e.g. pharmacogenetics), and access to genetic counseling in diverse communities to decrease genetics related healthcare disparities. Heather is an active member in the National Society of Genetic Counseling and has been recognized by her peers as a recipient of the New Leader Award in 2009, Outstanding Volunteer in 2014, and Strategic Leader in 2017. She will serve a three year term on the Board of Directors from 2019-2021.
Selected Publications: PubMed Search
Motivational interviewing genetic counseling intervention to increase cascade cholesterol screening in families of children with familial hypercholesterolemia - Intervention Manual
Cragun, D. & Zierhut, H. Development of FOCUS-GC: Framework for Outcomes of Clinical Communication Services in Genetic Counseling. J. Genet Counsel. 2018, Feb;27(1):33-58. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10897-017-0145-0
Campbell M, Humanki J, Zierhut H. A novel approach to screening for familial hypercholesterolemia in a large public venue. J Community Genet. 2017 Jan;8(1):35-44. doi: 10.1007/s12687-016-0285-1.
Madlensky L, Trepanier AM, Cragun D, Lerner B, Shannon KM, Zierhut H. A Rapid Systematic Review of Outcomes Studies in Genetic Counseling. J Genet Couns. 2017 Jun;26(3):361-378. doi: 10.1007/s10897-017-0067-x.
Zierhut, H.A., McCarthy Veach, P., & Leroy, B.S. Canaries in the Coal Mine: Personal and Professional Impact of Undergoing Whole Genome Sequencing on Medical Professionals. American Journal of Medical Genetics. [Epub ahead of print]
Redlinger-Grosse, K., McCarthy Veach, P., Cohen, S., LeRoy, B.S., MacFarlane, I.M., & Zierhut, H. Defining Our Clinical Practice: The Identification of Genetic Counselor Outcomes Utilizing the Reciprocal Engagement Model. Journal of Genetic Counseling [Epub ahead of print]
Zierhut, H. A., Tryon, R., Sanborn, E. (2014). Genetic Counseling for Fanconi Anemia: Crosslinking disciplines. J Genet Counsel 23 (6): 910-921.
Zierhut, H. A. and K. Schneider-Wolfe (2014). Stem Cell Transplantation: Genetic Counselors as a Critical Part of the Process. Current Genet Med Rep 2 (2): 39-47.
Zierhut, H. A., MacMillan, M.L., Wagner, J.E. & D.M. Bartels (2013). More than 10 Years After the First 'Savior Siblings': Parental Experiences Surrounding Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis. (2013) Journal of Genetic Counseling 22 (5): 594-602.
Zierhut, H. A., & Bartels, D. M. (2012). Waiting for the next shoe to drop: The experience of parents of children with fanconi anemia. Journal of Genetic Counseling 21(1): 45-58.
Zierhut, H., and J. Austin (2011). How inclusion of genetic counselors on the research team can benefit translational science. Science Translational Medicine 3(74): 74-76.