Jessica Hartley (she/her) is a trailblazer in the field of genetic counselling and an assistant professor of biochemistry and medical genetics at the Max Rady College of Medicine. As the program director for the Master of Science in Genetic Counselling Program, she is responsible for shaping the future of genetic counselling education in Manitoba.
With a master of science in genetic counselling from Northwestern University in 2008 and an American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) certification, Hartley brings a wealth of clinical experience to her role. She has worked in various fields including metabolism, newborn screening, cystic fibrosis, and neurogenetics, and has gained a reputation as an expert in her field.
In addition to her work in curriculum development, advocacy, and teaching, Hartley is a passionate researcher. Her research primarily focuses on evolving approaches to genetic counselling service delivery, with a focus on optimizing access to genetic healthcare for a diverse population. She explores the impact of changing service delivery models, investigates the clinical genetics workforce needs, and delves into interdisciplinary collaboration, using both quantitative and qualitative approaches.
Beyond her work in the classroom and lab, Hartley is a leader in her field. She has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Martha Donovan Women Leadership Award from the Winnipeg Foundation, the Audrey Heimler Special Projects Award from the National Society of Genetic Counsellors, and the Professional Practice, Innovation and Advocacy Leadership Award from the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors. With her dedication to advancing the field of genetic counselling and her commitment to her students, Jessica Hartley is truly making a difference in the world of genetic healthcare.
- Master of Science in Genetic Counselling, Northwestern University (2008)
- Bachelor of Science (honours) in Molecular Biology and Genetics, University of Guelph
- Martha Donovan Women Leadership Award, Winnipeg Foundation (2021)
- Audrey Heimler Special Projects Award, National Society of Genetic Counsellors (2019)
- Professional Practice, Innovation and Advocacy Leadership Award, Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors (2017)