ASHG’s primary educational objectives are to promote awareness of human genetics, encourage young people to enter genetics-related careers, and foster trust and support for genetics research. ASHG accomplishes those goals by educating students, health care professionals, health policy makers, the media, and the public about human genetics and its translation to health care practice. Learn more about ASHG’s efforts in academic/professional training and public/consumer education.


The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) encourages administrators and leaders in institutions of higher education, including medical schools, to give appropriate credit to faculty who participate in formal outreach activities involving K-12 students and teachers. For example, during the appointment, tenure, and promotion process, participation in sustainable teaching activities and curriculum and materials development should be highly valued. Continued public support for genetics research and informed participation in an increasingly genetics-based healthcare system demand that consumers understand genetics and its importance in health and disease. ASHG will continue to leverage its expertise, in particular its membership, and provide leadership and organizational infrastructure to improve K-12 science education to achieve the goal of an informed public.

Michael Dougherty, PhD
Director of Education
mdougherty@ashg.org
(240) 281-9507
Karen Hanson, MS, MBA, CGC
Health Professional Education Programs Manager
khanson@ashg.org
(301) 634-7323
Kanika Pulliam, PhD
Educational Programs Manager
kpulliam@ashg.org
(301) 634-7326
Evelyn Mantegani
Educational Programs Assistant
emantegani@ashg.org
301-634-7351