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Faculty - Sandra Daack-Hirsch

Sandra Daack-Hirsch
Associate Professor, Director, PhD Program
452 CNB

PhD, University of Iowa
MSN, University of Iowa
BSN, University of Iowa          

Research Focus/Clinical Interests: 
  • Comprehension and communication of genomic risk
  • Genetic disorders and families

Sandra Daack-Hirsch is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing and the Director of the PhD program. Dr. Daack-Hirsch focused her master’s study on genetic counseling and care of children and families who have inherited and congenital disorders. She completed her PhD in the Parent Child & Family Area of study with an emphasis in public health and genetics. Dr. Daack-Hirsch teaches clinical genetics and is a consultant on numerous national projects to promote the education of nurses in genetics.

Dr. Daack-Hirsch joined the faculty in the College of Nursing in the January of 2007 at the rank of Assistant Professor. As a doctoral student, she was awarded an F31 National Service Research Award and was a fellow at NINR’s Summer Genetics Institute. Prior to joining the College of Nursing as a faculty member, Dr. Daack-Hirsch had worked as a genetic nurse specialist and counselor since 1991. In addition, she was a member of a highly successful, large, interdisciplinary research group and conducted research on genetic determinants of orofacial clefting.

From this foundation, Dr. Daack-Hirsch built a program of research that bridges basic genetic science with real-world application by providers, educators, and families/parents. Her research is patient centered—with an emphasis on public engagement on issues related to the use and management of genetic/genomic health care information.