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Genetic Counseling Graduate Program

Program Leadership

GCGP Leaders

Robin Bennett, M.S., CGC (she/her) — Program Director

Robin Bennet

Robin Bennett brings over 35 years of experience in genetic counseling to the UW Genetic Counseling Graduate Program. Over the span of her career, she has cared for more than 25,000 patients in the Genetic Medicine Clinic at the UW Medical Center and helped train future genetic counselors and medical geneticists. Globally recognized as a leader in genetics education, Robin has lectured and consulted in Australia, Saudi Arabia and China.

Robin has made significant contributions to the body of knowledge of genetic counseling and is most known for her work in pedigree nomenclature, consanguinity, presymptomatic testing for Huntington disease and other neurogenetic disorders, recurrent miscarriage, fragile X syndrome, Fabry disease, cancer genetics and the National Society of Genetic Counselors Code of Ethics. She’s also helped develop NSGC’s protocol for the creation of practice guidelines and is the author of “The Practical Guide to the Genetic Family History.”

Robin is a nationally recognized leader in genetics. She’s served as president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, a member of the board of directors of the American Board of Genetic Counseling, and a founding board member and past president of the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling. She currently serves on the board of directors of the American Society of Human Genetics. She's the recipient of multiple awards, including the Natalie Weissberger Paul National Achievement Award, the Art of Listening Award, the UW Distinguished Staff Award, UW Department of Medicine Distinguished Faculty Award and the Pathfinder Alumni Award from the Mercer Island School District. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Kenyon College, which later awarded her an honorary scientific doctorate. Robin is a graduate of the Human Genetics Program at Sarah Lawrence College.

Brad Rolf, M.S., CGC (he/him) — Associate Program Director

Brad Rolf

Brad Rolf has been a genetic counselor at the University of Washington since 2013. Before joining the faculty of the UW Genetic Counseling Graduate Program, he worked primarily as a research genetic counselor. In this role he coordinated the genetics study of the Therapeutic Pipeline Project, a research project aimed at determining the efficacy of whole-exome sequencing for inherited forms of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Brad also worked on one of the Clinical Sequencing Evidence-Generating Research consortium projects that focused on delivering genetic testing and genetic counseling services for inherited cancer risk to underserved populations.

Brad has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Baylor University and a master’s degree in genetic counseling from the University of Texas Health Science Center. Before his career in genetic counseling, he worked at the Texas Department of State Health Services Laboratory. He is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors CEU Review Subcommittee, and his research interests include polygenic risk, genetic counseling education and genetic counseling for patients who identify as LGBTQ.

Gail Jarvik, M.D., Ph.D. (she/her) — Medical Director

Gail Jarvik

Gail Jarvik is an internist and medical geneticist who holds the Arno G. Motulsky Endowed Chair in Medicine and heads the Division of Medical Genetics at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on the statistical genetic analysis of common diseases in adults including cancer, vascular disease and dementia. She has broad research interests in the implementation of genomic medicine, including her work in the Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) Network, Clinical Sequencing Evidence-Generating Research (CSER), Undiagnosed Disease Network (UDN), and All of Us consortia. Her active research in biomedical ethics includes returning genomic research results to participants and studying the impact of regulations on genomic research. She was the 2021 president of the American Society of Human Genetics.

Penny Chow, MS, CGC (she/her) – Director of Fieldwork Education 

Penny Chow

Penny Chow started with the UW Genetic Counseling Graduate Program in early 2021. For over 15 years, she has had the pleasure of working as a pediatric genetic counselor at Seattle Children's Hospital. While most of her current clinical focus is there in the Craniofacial Center and the 22q Clinic, in the past she has worked at the Seattle Children’s Hospital Biochemical Genetics Clinic, the Genetic Medicine Clinic and the Metabolic Bone Disease Clinic, and the State of Alaska Biochemical Genetics Clinic. Penny started the genetic counseling internship program at Seattle Children’s in 2009 and oversaw the program for over 10 years. She brings the expertise she has gained to her current role in the UW GCGP as the director of fieldwork education. In addition to her love of pediatric genetic counseling, her other passions are training genetic counseling students and coordinating clinical rotations. Penny has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Seattle University and a master’s degree in genetic counseling from California State University, Northridge. 

Peg Cheng, MPA (she/her) — Administrator of Program Operations

Peg Cheng

Peg Cheng brings more than 15 years of experience in higher education student services to the UW Genetic Counseling Graduate Program. In addition to her experience in academic advising, career counseling and law school admissions, Peg is also an author and publisher with an eclectic background in communications, coaching, mental health advocacy and entrepreneurship. She brings a student-centered approach and a commitment to equity and anti-racism to the UW GCGP as the administrator of program operations. Outside of work, she enjoys community gardening, forest bathing, wildlife spotting, practicing reiki, and writing stories. Peg earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental analysis and design from the University of California, Irvine and a Master of Public Administration from the UW.