Cathy Wicklund is the director of the Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling at Northwestern University and an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her master's in genetic counseling from the University of Texas-Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. She has 15 years experience in clinical genetic counseling and has provided prenatal and pediatric genetic services. Previously, she co-directed the Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling at the University of Texas before she joined Northwestern. She serves on the board of directors of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and is currently the immediate past president. As a leader in NSGC she has represented the organization at several national committees including the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health and Society and she is a member of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Translating Genomic-Based Research for Health. She is also active on a state level and is working with the Illinois Department of Public Health on genetics education and finance and reimbursement issues.