People

Headshot of Shana Merrill

Shana L. Merrill, MS, LCGC

  • Student, PhD in Social Welfare

Cohort: 2016-2017

Advisor: Dr. Allison Werner-Lin

Research Interests

Psychosocial impact of advancing genetic medicine and technologies

Intersection of social justice, policy, and health care practice

Health care disparities

Shana Merrill is a practicing clinical genetic counselor specializing in qualitative assessment of the psychosocial impact and utility of genetic medicine and technologies. She has worked as a clinical genetic counselor for the Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for over 8 years and prior to joining Penn, worked as a prenatal genetic counselor for Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, VA. Ms. Merrill has a Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience from Lafayette College and a Masters of Science in Genetic Counseling from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro.

SP2 News

Chad Lassiter

Alumni Stories

Chad Dion Lassiter, SP2 Alum, Receives 2021 Social Worker of the Year Award

On October 26th, the National Association of Social Workers, Pennsylvania Chapter, presented Chad Dion Lassiter, Penn’s School of Social Policy...

Ezekiel Dixon-Roman sits at a table with a laptop and speaks to an audience

Faculty & Research

Ezekiel Dixon-Román on the Facebook whistleblower

In a Senate hearing earlier this month, former Facebook project manager Frances Haugen testified against the tech giant, saying that...

cover page containing title of report

Faculty & Research

New Research Underscores Role Museums, Libraries Play to Create Healthier, More Equitable America

The Institute of Museum and Library Services, in partnership with Reinvestment Fund, have released a new study, Understanding the Social Wellbeing...

U.S./Mexico border with wall in foreground and mountains behind

Faculty & Research

The state of U.S. immigration

Immigration is once again front and center in the national debate. Approximately 65,000 Afghans have been evacuated to the United States after...

Discover More