Past Event

Psychosocial Impacts of Genomic Information

February 26, 2018 - February 27, 2018
8:30 PM - 4:00 PM
The Faculty HouseColumbia University, 64 Morningside Drive, New York City

For the last quarter century, researchers have been asking whether genomic information might have negative psychosocial effects. Anxiety, depression, disrupted relationships, and heightened stigmatization have all been posited as possible outcomes—but not consistently found.

At this conference, we will ask what accounts for the discrepancy between these hypothesized outcomes and the effects that have been documented in empirical studies. Are we asking the right questions? Using the right tools? Looking in the right places? Or was the expectation of large, negative psychosocial impacts of genomic information overblown to begin with? Either way, where does research into the ethical and psychosocial implications of genomic medicine go from here?

Hosted by the Center for Research on Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic, and Behavioral Genetics, a collaborative project of Columbia University Medical Center and The Hastings Center.


Looking for the Psychosocial Impacts of Genomic Information

Paul Appelbaum

Barbara Biesecker

Celeste Condit 

James Evans

Rachel Grob

Jada Hamilton

Steven Heine

Josephine Johnston

Eric Juengst

Matthew Lebowitz

Ruth Ottman

Erik Parens

Scott Roberts

Maya Sabatello

Mildred Solomon

Christopher Wade

Allison Werner-Lin

February 26, 2018 • 8:30 am–5:30 pm 

February 27, 2018 • 8:30 am–4:00 pm 

The Faculty HouseColumbia University, 64 Morningside Drive, New York City

Registration: The conference is free to attend, but registration is required. Register here by February 12th, 2018. 

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