Karen Arnovitz Grinzaid, MS, LGC, CCRC

Karen Grinzaid is Senior Director of JScreen, a national online Jewish genetic disease carrier screening program based out of Emory University School of Medicine. JScreen’s mission is to improve access to comprehensive, affordable pre-conception genetic screening by making it possible for people to test from the comfort of their own homes from anywhere in the U.S.

Approximately two percent of couples who undergo carrier screening learn that they are both carriers for the same disease. For these couples, each of their pregnancies is at 25% risk. These couples have an opportunity to plan ahead for the health of their future families by taking advantage of reproductive technologies, such as in vitro fertilization with preimplantation genetic diagnosis. Financial constraints make this option unattainable for many of these couples, and the Jewish Fertility Foundation is a potential resource in these situations.

Karen has been part of the Emory University Genetics team since 1986. She has extensive experience in Jewish genetic disease screening, pre-conception, prenatal, pediatric and adult genetic counseling, newborn screening, and clinical research. She currently serves as Instructor and mentor in Emory’s Masters in Genetic Counseling training program.

Karen received her B.A. in Psychology from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and her M.S. in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. She is certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics/American Board of Genetic Counseling the Association of Clinical Research Professionals.