Beverly Yashar, M.S., 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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