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Alanna Kulchack Rahm
Assistant Professor

Center for Health Research
100 North Academy Avenue
Danville, PA 17822
Phone: 570-214-5093

Genomic Medicine Institute
100 North Academy Avenue
Danville, PA 17822
Phone: 570-214-5093

Alanna K Rahm, PhD, MS

Research Interests

My overall focus is the implementation of genomic technologies and family history collection into clinical practice. I have conducted single- and multi-site studies in integrated healthcare systems since 2002 using qualitative and mixed-methods approaches. I have been actively involved in the Healthcare Systems Research Network (HCSRN) and Cancer Research Network (CRN), and have recently become active in the Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) Network. I have participated in the NIH Training for Dissemination and Implementation in Health (TIDRH) and currently serve as a Merit Review Panelist for the PCORI Communications and Dissemination Research (CDR) and Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) Panels. At Geisinger, I study implementation of genomics within the learning healthcare system, models of genetic service delivery; including implementation of family history and risk assessment programs and Universal Lynch syndrome screening, communicating genetic test results, familial implications of genetic test results, patient and provider understanding of genomics, and patient engagement in research.

Recent Publications

  • Wagner JK, Peltz-Rauchman C, Kulchak Rahm A, Johnson CC. Precision Engagement: PMI’s success will depend upon more than genomes and big data. (2016) Genetics in Medicine [epub ahead of print]. PMID: 27787499.
  • Buchanan AH, Kulchak Rahm A, Williams JL. (2016) Alternate Service Delivery Models in Cancer Genetic Counseling: A Mini-Review. Frontiers in Oncology 13 May 2016. PMID: 27242960.
  • Rahm AK, Hawkins RP, Dearing JW, Pingree S, Lomax JB, McDowell H, Morse EF, Barela BA. Implementing an evidence-based breast cancer support and communication tool to newly diagnosed patients as standard care in two institutions. (2015) Translational Behavioral Medicine 5(2):198-206. PMID: 26029282
  • Rahm AK, Feigelson HS, Wagner N, Le AQ, Halterman E, Cornish N, Dearing JW. Perception of Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing and Direct-To-Consumer Advertising of Genetic Tests among Members of a Large Managed Care Organization. Journal of Genetic Counseling 2012, 21(3):448-61. PMID:22278218


MS Biophysics and Genetics (Genetic Counseling), University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 1995-1997
PhD Health and Behavioral Sciences, University of Colorado, Denver, 2005-2010

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