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Ginger H. Nichols, M.S.

Instructor, Genetics and Genome Sciences
Certified Genetic Counselor
Academic Office Location:
MotherToBaby CT
Division of Medical Genetics
195 Farmington Avenue, Suite 306
Farmington, CT 06030
Phone: 860-679-3797
Fax: 860-679-0147

MotherToBaby CT

Division of Medical Genetics

I have been working as a genetic counselor at UConn Health since 2000. Prior to that I worked in cytogenetic laboratories, taught undergraduate biology/genetics, and counseled adults with Down syndrome and other genetic disorders. My goal as a genetic counselor is to facilitate women and couples in understanding testing, management and prevention measures in a one on one/individual process. I also work as a study coordinator/consenter on studies at UConn Health.

B.S.Juniata CollegeBiology and Sociology
M.S.University of CincinnatiMedical Genetics

Post-Graduate Training
InternshipJC Blair Memorial HospitalMedical Social Work Internship
InternshipYale New Haven HospitalPrenatal Genetic Counseling Internship
Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
Occupational & Environmental Exposures Committee for OTISAdvisory CommitteeChair ExternalInternational2011
Occupational Exposures Committee for OTISAdvisory CommitteeCo-Chair ExternalInternational20102010
Genetic Counseling Licensure Committee for State of ConnecticutAdvisory CommitteeCo-Chair ExternalState2008
OTIS Environmental & Occupational CommitteeAdvisory CommitteeMemberExternalInternational2008
OTIS Nominating CommitteeAdvisory CommitteeMemberOtherInternational20082009
OTIS Education CommitteeEducation CommitteeMemberExternalInternational2002
Patient Centered Fact Sheets for OTISEditorial BoardEditor and Writer ExternalInternational2002
CT State Representative for NSGC State RepresentativeExternalRegional20012003
Organization of Teratogen Information Specialists (OTIS)Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalInternational2001
Support Group dealing with pregnancy lossOtherGenetic CounselorUConn HealthLocal20002005
Monthly Obstetrics Case Review, Middlesex Hospital, Dept OB/GYN, Middletown, CT Education CommitteeExternalRegional2000
National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC)Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational1998

• Teratogen (medicine, occupational, environmental) exposure counseling. • Prenatal genetic counseling. • Study coordination and IRB collaboration in cancer, teratogens, and genetic disease.

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • co-writer / editor of: Cleft lip and or Cleft palate chapter
    National Society of Genetic Counselors Clinical Significance and Genetic Counseling for Common Ultrasound Findings, 2009 Jan;


  • Evaluating the Quality of Data Collected by Teratology Information Services About Maternal and Infant Health Following Medication Use During Pregnancy and Lactation.
    Cragan, JD, Jamieson DJ, Lavigne SV, Martinez L, Nichols G, Shealy KR, Wolfe 26th Annual OTIS Education Meeting 2013 Jun;
  • The application of “Control Banding” principles to the reduction of reproductive hazards in the workplace.
    Bracker, A, Meyer, J, Lavigne, S, Nichols, G. American Industrial Hygiene 2005 Jan;
  • Genetic Counseling for Occupational Hazards.
    Hepler (Nichols) G, Rice,C, Hopkin, RJ, Huelsman, KM, Steinberg Warren, N. Journal of Genetic Counseling 2000 Jan;9(6):

Conference Papers

  • Job Strain in Pregnancy and Risk of Low Birth Weight Delivery.
    Meyer JD, Warren N, Nichols GH, Reisine S. 2007 Jan;
  • Risk of low birth weight delivery by occupation and job strain. BIRCWH
    Meyer JD, Nichols GH, Warren N, Reisine S. 2004 Jan;
  • Multidisciplinary approach to assessment of occupational exposures in pregnancy: Results of a patient satisfaction survey.
    Nichols GH, Bracker A, Grey M, Meyer J, Rosengren S. 2003 Jan;


  • Can my pregnant patient keep her job at the Nail Salon?
    Bracker, A., Meyer, J., Nichols, G., Lavigne, S. Factsheet for obstetricians.Univ. of Connecticut Health Center/ CT March of Dimes Foundation. 2006 Jan;
  • I’m pregnant: How can I protect myself and my pregnancy if I keep my job at the Nail Salon?
    Bracker, A., Meyer, J., Nichols, G., Lavigne, S. Factsheet for patients. Univ. of Connecticut Health Center/ CT March of Dimes Foundation. 2006 Jan;


  • CT Pregnancy Exposure Riskline Newsletter on Occupational Exposures
    Nichols GH, Lavigne S Riskline 2001 Jan;
Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
In the Eye of the Beholder: A Review of Color Vision DeficiencyTalk2014UConn Health
Genetic CounselingTalkhonors science class, Southington High School2014Southington, CT
MTHFR: It Gets AroundTalk2013UConn Health
CT Pregnancy Exposure Information Service Experience with a Collaborative Project to Evaluate the Quality of Interview Data Collected by Teratology Information Services (TIS) About Medication Use During Pregnancy and Lactation, Pregnancy Outcomes, and Maternal and Infant Health PosterOTIS 25th Annual Education Meeting 2012Baltimore, MD
Congenital Anomalies in the Children of Cancer Survivors: A Report From the Childhood Cancer Survivor StudyTalkJournal Club Presentation at the University of Connecticut Health Center 2012Farmington, CT
Genetics of Eye ColorTalkUniversity of Connecticut Health Center2011Farmington, CT
Carrier Screening for Tay Sachs DiseaseTalkMiddlesex Hospital, OB/GYN Department2011Middletown, CT
Plain People: At the frontier of Genetics?TalkUniversity of Connecticut Health Center2010Farmington, CT
Occupational & Environmental assessment and counseling case: Dental Assistants Panel DiscussionOrganization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS) 23rd Annual Education Meeting2010Louisville, KY
Work, job strain and poor pregnancy outcomesTalkUniversity of Connecticut Health Center2009Farmington, CT
Genetic CounselingTalkUniversity of Connecticut Waterbury Campus 2007Waterbury, CT
Common Occupational Exposures and Reproductive Health TalkUniversity of Connecticut Health Center NICU and MFM staff2006Farmington, CT
Common Occupational Exposures and Reproductive Health TalkUniversity of Connecticut Health Center NICU and MFM staff2005Farmington, CT
Current Topics in Genetic CounselingTalkJournal Club Presentation at the University of Connecticut Health Center 2002Farmington, CT
Reproductive Risk Assessment for Occupational Exposures TalkIndustrial Hygiene Association: CRV-AIHA’s Reproductive Hazards Conference 2002CT
Cystic Fibrosis & Cystic Fibrosis Carrier Testing TalkSeveral Local OB Groups in CT2002CT
Newborn Screening in State of CT, Tests Offered and StatisticsTalkNSGC Region I meeting2002MA
Ashkenazi Jewish Ancestry and Carrier TestingTalkMiddlesex Hospital Dept OB/GYN2001Middletown, CT
How do Genetic Counselors Collect Occupational HistoriesTalkUniversity of Cincinnati Educational and Research Center 2000Cincinnati, OH
Genetic Counseling and Occupational HistoriesTalkNSGC National Conference 2000Savannah, GA
Genetic Counseling PosterUniversity of Cincinnati Health Fair1999Cincinnati, OH