There is a rising demand for genetic testing and a limited clinical genetics workforce capacity. We are focused on increasing genomic literacy and genomic confidence in both patients and non-genetics clinicians to democratise access to genetic testing. Our activities include developing educational videos, interactive websites and chatbots for consumers. For clinicians we are exploring the impact of different, evidence-informed educational interventions.

For genetic tests associated with minimal or no psychological distress (e.g. genetic testing for melanoma), we are randomizing consumers to receive genetic testing from a trained non-genetics clinician (e.g. dermatologist) or a genetic counsellor. This will determine whether psycho-behavioural outcomes differ with provider type.

Our latest research projects evaluate how best to return polygenic risk scores to individuals, optimise educational materials, train clinicians and evaluate the psychological and behavioural impact of these results.

Results from our research have the potential to inform practice guidelines and accelerate the integration of genomics into clinical care.