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Dr Saskia Sanderson
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Behavioural Science and Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Saskia C Sanderson PhD is a Senior Research Social Scientist at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Behavioural Science and Health at University College London (UCL).  She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, US.  She holds a PhD from UCL on psychosocial issues in genetic testing for complex disease susceptibility and is a Chartered Health Psychologist.  After completing her PhD, Dr Sanderson was awarded a joint MRC and ESRC Interdisciplinary Research Training Postdoctoral Fellowship, which she completed at the UCL Centre for Cardiovascular Genetics.  She then moved to the US to complete a post-doctoral fellowship in the Social and Behavioral Research Branch of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), NIH, Bethesda.  She subsequently took up an Assistant Professor position at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she worked for four years before moving back to the UK.  Currently,  Dr Sanderson's work focuses on informed decision-making around genomic technologies.  At GOSH, she works on an NIHR-funded project (PI Professor Lyn Chitty) examining informed consent and decision-making about whole-genome sequencing in the 100,000 Genomes Project.  At UCL, she works on the CRUK-funded PROMISE (Predicting Risk of Ovarian Malignancies, Improved Screening and Early Detection) research programme (PI Ian Jacobs), where she is focused on the development of a decision aid to help women make informed choices about stratified ovarian cancer risk-management.  

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Dr Sanderson works at the intersection between genomics, communication and behaviour.  Her research focuses on the cognitive, emotional and behavioural impact of providing individuals with personal genomic information.  She also works on the upstream communication of complex genomic information and helping patients to make informed decisions about receiving personal genomic results.  Dr Sanderson was one of the Principal Investigators on the ENGAGE project (Engaging Neighborhoods in General and Personalized Genomics Education), a Co-Investigator on the NHGRI-funded project ‘Biorepositories for Genomic Medicine in Diverse Communities,’ and a member of the Consent, Education, Regulation and Consultation workgroup of the eMERGE (Electronic Medical Records and Genomics) II Network. 

Academic Background
2005 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Psychology and Genetics University College London
1997 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Psychology University of Birmingham
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