Beverly Yashar, M.S., CGC, Ph.D.

Beverly Yashar, M.S., CGC, Ph.D.

Clinical Professor of Human Genetics
Director of Research Genetic Counseling Program

4912 Buhl
1241 E. Catherine St. SPC 5618
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5618


Administrative Contact

Areas of Interest

  1. Development and implementation of genomic based health care
  2. Bioethical implications of genetic and genomic-based health care
  3. Communication and decision-making in genetic counseling

Honors & Awards

  • 2007 Rackham Master's Mentoring Award, University of Michigan
  • 2009-2012 Director, American Board of Genetic Counseling
  • 2012-2013 Guest Editor, Journal of Genetic Counseling
  • 2013 League of Educational Excellence, University of Michigan
  • 2013 President, American Board of Genetic Counseling
  • 2016-2018 President, Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors
  • 2016 Recipient, Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Teaching, Pre-Clinical Medicine


  • 1997, University of Michigan, M.S. Genetic Counseling
  • 1985, University of North Carolina, Ph.D. Genetics

Published Articles or Reviews

A Qualitative Study of Anticipated Decision Making around Type 2 Diabetes Genetic Testing: the Role of Scientifically Concordant and Discordant Expectations.
Carmichael AG, Hulswit BB, Moe EJ, Jayaratne TE, Yashar BM.
J Genet Couns. 2016 Jul 28. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 27465809

Expanding the genetic counseling workforce: program directors' views on increasing the size of genetic counseling graduate programs.
Pan V, Yashar BM, Pothast R, Wicklund C.
Genet Med. 2016 Aug;18(8):842-9. doi: 10.1038/gim.2015.179.
PMID: 26741410

Non-invasive prenatal screening for trisomy 21: Consumers' perspectives.
Higuchi EC, Sheldon JP, Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Yashar BM.
Am J Med Genet A. 2016 Feb;170A(2):375-85. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.a.37460.
PMID: 26553705

The Lived Experience of MRKH: Sharing Health Information with Peers.
Ernst ME, Sandberg DE, Keegan C, Quint EH, Lossie AC, Yashar BM.
J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2016 Apr;29(2):154-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jpag.2015.09.009.
PMID: 26453829

Parents' Perspectives on Variants of Uncertain Significance from Chromosome Microarray Analysis.
Kiedrowski LA, Owens KM, Yashar BM, Schuette JL.
J Genet Couns. 2016 Feb;25(1):101-11. doi: 10.1007/s10897-015-9847-3.
PMID: 25983052

Genetics educational needs in China: physicians' experience and knowledge of genetic testing.
Li J, Xu T, Yashar BM.
Genet Med. 2015 Sep;17(9):757-60. doi: 10.1038/gim.2014.182.
PMID: 25503494

Family communication in a population at risk for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Batte B, Sheldon JP, Arscott P, Huismann DJ, Salberg L, Day SM, Yashar BM.
J Genet Couns. 2015 Apr;24(2):336-48. doi: 10.1007/s10897-014-9774-8.
PMID: 25304619

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, hypermobility type: A characterization of the patients' lived experience.
Murray B, Yashar BM, Uhlmann WR, Clauw DJ, Petty EM.
Am J Med Genet A. 2013 Dec;161A(12):2981-8. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.a.36293.
PMID: 24254846

Introduction to the special issue on genetic counseling: a global perspective.
Yashar BM, Peterson M.
J Genet Couns. 2013 Dec;22(6):685-7. doi: 10.1007/s10897-013-9658-3.
PMID: 24114283

9p partial monosomy and disorders of sex development: review and postulation of a pathogenetic mechanism.
Quinonez SC, Park JM, Rabah R, Owens KM, Yashar BM, Glover TW, Keegan CE.
Am J Med Genet A. 2013 Aug;161A(8):1882-96. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.a.36018. Review.
PMID: 23824832

Peering into a Chilean black box: parental storytelling in pediatric genetic counseling.
Ordonez J, Margarit S, Downs K, Yashar BM.
J Genet Couns. 2013 Dec;22(6):805-16. doi: 10.1007/s10897-013-9620-4.
PMID: 23813299

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