Journal of Genetic Counseling

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 18–29

Psychiatric Disorders in Clinical Genetics II: Individualizing Recurrence Risks

  • Jehannine C. Austin
  • Christina G. S. Palmer
  • Beth Rosen-Sheidley
  • Patricia McCarthy Veach
  • Elizabeth Gettig
  • Holly L. Peay
Professional Issues


This is the second article of a two-part professional development series on genetic counseling for personal and family histories of psychiatric disorders. It is based on an Educational Breakout Session presented by The Psychiatric Special Interest Group of the National Society of Genetic Counselors at the 2006 Annual Education Conference. While the first article in this two part series dealt with addressing family histories of psychiatric disorders in clinical practice, the following discussion deals with the generation and provision of individualized recurrence risks for psychiatric disorders, based on empiric risk data. We present four cases that illustrate important components of and process for generating individualized risk assessment for family histories of psychiatric disorders.


Mental illness Psychiatric disorders Schizophrenia Bipolar disorder Autism Genetic counseling Empiric risk 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jehannine C. Austin
    • 1
    • 7
  • Christina G. S. Palmer
    • 2
  • Beth Rosen-Sheidley
    • 3
  • Patricia McCarthy Veach
    • 4
  • Elizabeth Gettig
    • 5
  • Holly L. Peay
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Human GeneticsUCLALos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.Department of BiologyBrandeis UniversityWalthamUSA
  4. 4.Department of Educational PsychologyUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  5. 5.Department of Human GeneticsUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  6. 6.National Human Genome Research InstituteNIHBethesdaUSA
  7. 7.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of British ColumbiaWhite RockCanada

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