Kathy Blazer brings more than 20 years of experience as a genetic counselor, educator, cancer genomics training program director, and clinical and education researcher to her role as adjunct faculty for the KGI Master of Science in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling Program. She is an Assistant Professor with the City of Hope Division of Clinical Cancer Genomics (CCG), Director and senior faculty member of the City of Hope Cancer Genomics Education Program (CGEP), and a bilingual (Spanish/English) board-certified cancer risk genetic counselor.
She has worked in the development of all professional training and lay educational outreach programs of the CGEP, a multifaceted program of cancer genetics education and training for clinicians, since joining City of Hope in 1998. Blazer’s doctorate in education research worked within the setting of the CGEP to examine the effectiveness of distance-mediated approaches to cancer genetics training. The outcomes and theoretical framework of this dissertation project serve as the foundation of a global NCI R25-funded Clinical Cancer Genetics Community of Practice (CCGCoP), which to date has trained more than 900 practicing clinicians from distinct disciplines and practice settings across all 50 states in the U.S. and 27 countries internationally.
She has first-authored a number of peer-reviewed publications reporting the development and outcomes of the professional education and training initiatives conducted by the CGEP. Recent publications examined the experience and needs of CCGCoP community clinicians as they integrated multi-gene panel tests into their practices.
Among her additional teaching experiences, she serves as advisory board member and adjunct faculty for the Masters in Genetic Counseling program at California State University, Northridge, where she developed and delivered their Clinical Cancer Genetics Course. She is also an item writer for the Genetic Counseling Board Certification Exam, directed by the American Board of Genetic Counseling, Inc.